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Introduction To The Indie Author Translation Rights Program

Introduction to the Indie Author Translation Rights Program

ALLi is now into the first series of meetings with the authors selected to participate in the experimental indie author translation rights program. You may have seen our earlier announcement of the program's launch here on our blog, and you may have seen a presentation about it in our recent Self-Publishing Advice Conference in conjunction with Digital Book World 2019. We don't want you to miss out on any aspect of this ground-breaking program, and we're widely sharing our introduction to the program here.

We've launched a six-month education program for authors around rights licensing, based on the ALLi guidebook “How Authors Sell Publishing Rights,” by Orna Ross and Helen Sedwick.

We've chosen a number of authors to bring through the process of preparing and pitching their translation rights at London Book Fair 2020.

“The Indie Author Translation Rights Program aims to open up the rights industry to indie authors through a publicly-accessible education and coaching program,” said Orna Ross, founder and director of ALLi, speaking at Digital Book World 2019 in Nashville.

We're posting our sessions on YouTube and here on our blog so that other indie authors can follow along and learn as the Indie Author Translation Rights program proceeds.

The rights panel is comprised of:


  • Jon Malinowski, President, Combined Book Exhibit / Founder and Managing Partner Pubmatch
  • Ethan Ellenberg, of the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency and founder of Royalty Reminder.
  • Judith Anderle, Chief Marketing Officer of LMBPN®


  • Orna Ross is an award-winning novelist and poet and Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors
  • Sacha Black is a fiction and non-fiction indie author, Manager of the #AskALLi Self-Publishing Advice conference and blog. Sacha also writes advice guides for authors.
  • Michael Anderle, as well as being President of LMBPN® is a multi-genre bestselling author on Amazon and founder of the popular indie author group 20BooksTo50K.
  • Barry Hutchison, a former trade-published author-turned indie, has written childrens’ books (under a pen name), a comedy sci-fi series which has sold more than a quarter of a million eBook copies worldwide, and in 2019 began publishing bestselling crime thrillers.
  • Dakota and Danielle Krout run Mountaindale Press, which focuses on LitRPG and GameLit titles, drawing on Dakota's experience in the military to create vast terrains and intricate systems in his bestselling books.
  • Skye MacKinnon, a USA Today & international bestselling author, write books that feature strong heroines, fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology. She also writes magical books for children and young adults as Isla Wynter.
  • Joe Cawley is an award-winning travel writer and best-selling author of five books. His first memoir, More Ketchup than Salsa: Confessions of a Tenerife Barman was voted ‘Best Travel Narrative of 2007’ by the British Guild of Travel Writers.

ALLi’s panel of authors and experts participating in the Indie Authors Translation Rights Program will meet once a month between now and the London Book Fair in March 2020 for these video-recorded coaching sessions. Between sessions, the authors will work independently to prepare their rights guides, pitching materials and proposals, and to set up meetings.

“Selling translations, TV& film and other such rights is always a challenge for authors,” said Ross. “Yet we know there are many rights buyers all over the world who are interested in author-published books right now. We hope this program will allow our members to take hold of the international rights scene in a new way, to reach out to agents, publishers and other rights buyers abroad, have a coherent rights guide, and be part of ALLi’s push to get rights buyers’ attention for our members.”

You can also read ALLi's media release about the rights program here.

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Over to You

Do you have burning questions about how indie authors pursue rights licensing? Have you licensed some rights already? How did you find the process? Please do share!

Author: Sacha Black

Sacha Black is a bestselling and competition-winning author. She writes the popular YA Fantasy Eden East novels and a series of non-fiction books that are designed to help writers develop their craft. Sacha is also a developmental editor, wife and mum. Website:


This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Thank you for examing this aspect! As a translator who works with indie authors, I’d like to know more about PubMatch or other reliable platforms. I translate ->English so I hope you won’t focus exclusively on opportunities and information for English->foreign languages.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Lori, great to see you here. We’d love you to be a visiting expert on one of these, talking about translations into English. Let’s get you signed up on Pubmatch first. We’ll drop you an email.

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