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About The Alliance of Independent Authors
Founded in 2012 by Orna Ross, The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) is a non-profit, association for author-publishers.
Our global team of advisors and industry professionals offer a range of benefits, encourage ethics and excellence, advocate and campaign for indie authors and forge relationships with the wider industry.
Our mission is to foster the democratisation of publishing through community, partnership and author empowerment.
ALLi ON AUTHOR-PUBLISHING AND THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING
by Liz Bury
“We are in the middle of a major change. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we reached a situation where the majority of the top books are author-published.” – Orna Ross featured in the Guardian, commenting on the news that a quarter of 2013 US Kindle eBook sales were from indie publishers.
ALLI'S ORNA ROSS MAKES THE BOOKSELLER 100: 2013
by The Bookseller
“ALLi founder Ross has become a key voice for self-published writers, increasing their presence at LBF, taking the Alliance global and producing a handbook for those entering the field…” – Orna Ross is the first self-publishing figure to be featured in the annual Bookseller 100 report.
ALLi's BOOK OF THE MONTH AWARD – GATEKEEPING GONE GOOD
by Porter Anderson
“(The issue of gatekeeping) is on good display right now, thanks to the UK-based Alliance of Independent Authors’ (called “ALLi”) healthy willingness to support serious discussion of such issues.” – Porter Anderson applauds ALLi's approach to promoting excellence in self-publishing
ORNA ROSS PROFILED IN INDIE READER
by Loren Kleinman
“She pens novels and poems and the Go Creative! series, writes regularly on her Author Blog and is the founder of the The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a nonprofit, professional association for self-publishing writers.” – Orna Ross' many guises are detailed in Indie Reader.
ALLi CONDEMNS POLICING OF EBOOKS IN WAKE OF WHSMITH/KOBO INCIDENT
by Liz Bury
“Everyone knew that these books were out there, and people were trading in it, letting it happen. If you're going to trade in self-published books, you need to be able to filter them. This could have been avoided.” – Orna Ross defends self-published authors and calls for greater quality control on filtering titles.
ORNA ROSS TALKS SELF-PUBLISHING
BBC Radio 4
In light of the WHSmith/Kobo incident (resulting in the knee jerk removal of thousands of self published titles, Orna Ross speaks out for indie authors on BBC Radio 4's PM Programme, discussing how and when self-publishing works.
ORNA ROSS: AUTHOR-PUBLISHERS AND BOOKSELLERS BENEFIT FROM PARTNERSHIP
by Suw Charman-Anderson
“Indeed, ALLi… are also reaching out to bookselling associations, amongst others, as part of a “dialogue [to] find out what they need from indie authors in order to be able to accommodate us.” – ALLi calling for partnership between traditional booksellers and independent authors.
BUSINESS PROFILE: ORNA ROSS
by Felicity Wood
ALLi's founder and director profiled in the Bookseller, with Orna's thoughts on publishing and her journey to independent author.
ALLi AND PUBMATCH MAKE A DEAL
by Publishers Weekly
“The UK-based Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has reached an arrangement with PubMatch, the international book rights network, providing ALLi members access to PubMatch’s premium range of membership services …” – More on our deal with PubMatch, allowing ALLi members to access even more ways of representation at fairs and to the wider book world.
ALLi MEMBER LINDA GILLARD IN GUARDIAN PROFILE
by Linda Gillard
“I've had a lot of support from the Alliance of Independent Authors, a professional body set up in 2012. Members are very generous with their time and expertise.” – the lovely Linda Gillard on being an successful independent author – and ALLi's support.
ALLI CALLS ON TRADE TO “OPEN UP”
by Joshua Farrington
“The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has launched a campaign to encourage literary and book trade organisations to work more closely with self-published writers.”
AT LBF, AUTHORS ENCOURAGED TO THINK LIKE ENTREPRENEURS
by Roger Tagholm
“…both are passionate advocates of self-publishing, with Ross… founding the Alliance of Independent Authors last year “because I decided everyone should be doing it like this.””
KOBO AND THE ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT AUTHORS STAGING NEW SELF-PUBLISHING EVENT
By Michael Kozlowski
“The Alliance of Independent Authors and Kobo are staging a new event that will dive into the semantics of self-publishing via Writing Life.”
Orna writes novels, poems and the Go Creative! books and blog. She has worked in media and publishing since 1987 and also as a university lecturer in creative and imaginative practice. More: HERE
Orna says “The publishing revolution we are living through is full of opportunity for writers. Seek and you will find.”
Philip Lynch, Operations Director
Philip joined ALLi in 2013, bringing to the organization 25 years experience of collaborative working as a team player, advisor and manager in a large, multinational environment. He works closely with Orna on strategy, service provision, financial planning and day-to-day operations. More: HERE
Philip says: “I'm excited to be working in this new arena, where technologies are radically transforming behaviors, ways of working and routes to the reader. It's a pleasure to serve such a vibrant community that's so open to change and so supportive of each other.”
Debbie joined ALLi in 2012 and became its blog editor in May 2013. She helps other authors increase their book sales via her Off The Shelf consultancy and her handbook Sell Your Books!published in 2012. More: HERE
Debbie says: “As part of ALLi, I feel at the cutting edge of the brave new world of self-publishing, in the company of focused, energetic, creative and good-hearted writers across the globe. This exciting and inspiring combination that will certainly make me a better writer.”
Geraldine Somerset, Member Care Manager
A self confessed technology lover who trains and teaches in computer software for all levels, Geraldine is a pro with data and databases. She is also ALLi's member care manager, lending support and assisting members where necessary. More: HERE
Geraldine says: “I love working at ALLi because of all the cool things our members are doing — along with the fulfilment and gratification of making a difference.”
Karen Lotter, Social Media Manager
Writer, photographer, workaholic info-junkie, social media trainer and web writer, Karen is based in Durban, on the East coast of South Africa. More: HERE
Karen says: “I’m enjoying being part of this surge in the world of publishing and part of this very eclectic mix of writers (and partners) across the world, who are taking charge of their own creative product and also helping their peers grow and thrive. In Africa we have a philosophy called “Ubuntu”: “I am because you are”; I see this recognition of inter-dependence in ALLi members. ALLi is there at the beginning of the rising indie curve, so it is a very exciting time to be involved. “
*A South African war dance used in times of oppression or celebration.
Nerys is part of Dialogue Berlin, a communications collective born out of an independent bookshop founded in Berlin in 2009 by Sharmaine Lovegrove. Dialogue specialise in bringing stories to global audiences.More: HERE
Nerys says: “It’s a pleasure to be working in such a rapidly evolving time for publishing. The amount of possibilities available to authors and readers make this a great time for people who love stories – and we are delighted to share ALLi’s with the rest of the world.”
Latest ALLi Press Releases
- February 2014: Exploring Film Rights: ALLi supplements services with Dialogue_Berlin partnership
- February 2014: ALLi secures Kobo as sponsor for global event launch for Opening Up to Indies Guidebook
- January 2014: The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and IPR License announce partnership deal, Tom Chalmers to join ALLi advisor panel
- January 2014: ALLi helps Fiction Uncovered Open Up to Indie Authors
- December 2013: Exclusive IngramSpark discounts for ALLi Members
- December 2013: Orna Ross recognised as top publishing industry influencer in Bookseller 100
- November 2013: ALLi's Winter Events Programme
- November 2013: ALLi launches Book of the Month Awards
- September 2013: ALLi Watchdog Warning
- September 2013: Choosing A Self Publishing Service
- July 2013: ALLi and Pubmatch Partnership
- July 2013: Open Up to Indies
- April 2013: The Folio Prize