Is copyright broken? That's the question the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is continuing to ask today. We don't think it's broken, but it doesn't always work. In a two part series starting ending today—which started last week—we explore both piracy and plagiarism and the impact they're having on members as well as what you can do about them. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed with insightful comments and a special thanks to John Doppler, our resident watchdog for his knowledge and contributions to the posts. This is the ultimate guide to plagiarism.
As a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (known as ALLi, pronounced like the word “ally”), you have access to a community of thousands of authors, designers, editors, booksellers, and readers around the world — and the networking and business opportunities that come with it. How sure are you that you’re getting the most out of your ALLi partner membership and that you know about all the resources available here? We offer some insight.
Why ALLi Is Your Ideal Home for All Things Self-Publishing
ALLi is the only global nonprofit association for self-publishing writers. As a partner member, you’ve been vetted and approved by ALLi’s Watchdog desk as a freelancer or business that meets the standards to serve the authors in the ALLi self-publishing community. That means your responsibility, as a partner member, is to help self-publishing authors — both first-timers and veterans — to successfully create, publish, and sell books they’re proud of.
Our goal is to help members learn about the decision-making processes in each of the seven stages of publishing:
- Design, including cover and interior
- Formatting and other production issues
- Licensing and publishing rights
Your partner membership provides you with opportunities to form business partnerships. If you have any creative ideas or plans you would like to share with us to benefit authors, we’d love to hear from you.
Your ALLi Partner Membership Benefits
So, what exactly are all the benefits of being a partner member with ALLi?
1) Free Books
The team at ALLi has, over the years since ALLi formed in 2012, collaborated to write and publish several complete guides and guidebooks related to all things self-publishing, and we have more to come in the next weeks and months. We’re excited about that.
- Creative Self-Publishing
- Your First 50 Book Reviews – A Quick & Easy Guide for Indie Authors
- Your Book in World Libraries – A Quick & Easy Guide for Indie Authors
- How to Get Your Self-Published Book into Bookstores
- …and too many more to mention that we are rolling out over the next twelve months.
Creative Self-Publishing and Bookstores are in the editorial stages, while both the Book Reviews and Libraries guides are out for endorsement reviews, so you’ll see those very soon.
- Successful Self-Publishing Series
- Choosing the Best Self-Publishing Companies and Services
- How Authors Sell Publishing Rights
- Copyright Bill of Rights
- Opening Up to Indie Authors
- How to Get Your Self-Published Book into Bookstores (update coming early 2020)
- Authors and the Blockchain
All members have access to our full library of guides and guidebooks, for free, providing you with years of experience and knowledge you can’t get anywhere else.
2) Author Advice Centre
Whether it’s an issue about author branding, publishing strategy, or even just plot points for a book, right here at ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center, as a partner member you’ll find full access to our Watchdog Desk and reports, links to #selfpubcon sessions, our weekly audio and video podcasts, including our Inspirational Indie Author showcase, our daily blog, and more.
3) Private Member Forum
Don’t forget to join our members-only private Facebook forum, where along with all our members you’ll have the space to ask any question at any time about self-publishing, and you can expect an answer in just moments! This is a moderated group and only ask-answer-advice posts are permitted… in other words, no promotion! Members often remark about the civility on our forum: no question is too basic or advanced, we’re friendly, supportive, and supporting.Ask to join here.
Don’t be shy – ask away, and let experienced authors who have “been there, done that” answer all your questions for you. You can even provide answers as an experienced partner who has “been there, done that” in the self-publishing business.
4) Author Services Database Listing
As a partner member, you’ll know that the ALLi author services database is the go-to, trusted, and reliable platform for ALLi members (and indie authors at large) searching for services they need. Be sure you’ve completed your profile in ALLi’s author services database.
5) Private Facebook Authorpreneur Rights and Business Focus Group
The more you grow your business and your brand, the more difficult it can be to find people who can offer you advice and help that is backed with personal experience and expertise.
This Facebook group is an exclusive forum where partner members like you can share and discuss experiences, challenges, and ideas around licensing, publishing rights, contract advice, and more.
6) #SelfPubCon Session Sponsorship
As a partner member, you have the opportunity to promote your self-publishing services by sponsoring a session at the bi-annual #SelfPubCon self-publishing online author conference.
7) Partner Directory Listing and/or Advertisement
Your partner member listing in ALLi’s Partner Member Service Directory gets you in front of associate and author members who know that the services listed are checked against ALLi’s code of Standards and approved via the ALLi Watchdog team. The Directory is a handy, downloadable PDF guide, widely distributed through our website, self-publishing advice center, blog, newsletters and social media. It is issued annually and updated quarterly.
8) Write for The Blog!
We invite you to choose a topic and focus to share and then pitch a blog for our selfpublishingadvice.com daily blog. Only ALLi members can write posts for us, and we welcome all levels of experience and views.
9) Discounts or Deals for Other Members
You can always advertise exclusive or ongoing deals to our community of authors. Special discounts and deals are viewable by our members in the Discounts and Deals section of the site.
10) Get Paid to Be a Member
ALLi’s Affiliate Program rewards members for spreading the word by paying 30 percent of first-year membership fees back when someone else joins using your affiliate link.
It’s our way of saying thank you for taking the time and trouble to recommend us to other authors or aspiring authors. And your author friends will thank you too.
Talk to Us: That’s Why We’re Here
And finally, we want to stress that being a member of ALLi gives you an open channel to our self-publishing experts, allowing you to contact us whenever you want. We answer self-publishing questions from members in our monthly Member Q&A, which is also published online every Saturday on the AskALLi podcast.
You can expect to hear from us in the following intervals:
- Weekly (weekly blog round-up)
- A few times each year (periodic newsletter)
- Quarterly (The Indie Author, our self-publishing quarterly advice magazine)
More Than a Membership
Headquartered in London, ALLi is a global organization with members on every continent. We are building a growing community of like-minded and supportive indie authors, to spread motivation, inspiration, and knowledge to indie authors around the world.Learn how to make the most of your partner membership over in ALLi #indieauthor #selfpublishing #IARTG #ASMRG #writingcommunity Click To Tweet
OVER TO YOU
So, are you making the most of your membership?