A round-up of ALLi members' personal posts about their experience of London Book Fair 2014
Readers of this blog who live outside the UK may be forgiven for wondering why ALLi members have been getting so excited about last week's London Book Fair, because it is, after all, just one of many major publishing trade fairs that takes place around the world, albeit one of the biggest. But we had special reasons to celebrate, because it was at the London Book Fair two years ago that our organisation, the Alliance of Independent Authors was launched.
So Much Progress in Just Two Years
Lorna Ferguson's post last Tuesday made it clear just how low authors were on the Fair's agenda two years ago, whether self-published or trade.
While LBF's organisers still haven't allowed us enough space physically (standing room only in Author HQ for every event), no-one could deny the confident mood and enthusiasm of the authors in attendance, or the conviction that the best is yet to come.
My post last Thursday about the launch of Opening Up To Indie Authors now includes links to speeches by Orna, Dan and me.
ALLi Authors Share Their LBF Experiences
Since then, many ALLi members were moved to post their own experiences of the Fair on their author blogs, and I've added links below to those that I know of so far.
Do take the time to read as many of these posts as you can. The posts represent authors in different genres at various stages in their self-publishing journey – and most include fun photos. This was definitely the year of the author selfie!
Click on the authors' name to read their posts. Read Orna Ross's post first – a moving piece entitled “How Self-Publishing Saved My Writing Life“, to set the scene and get the bigger picture of the growth of ALLi since she launched it at LBF12.
The rest of the posts are in alpha order by first name (sorry, Michael!) Just click on the author name to read the post.
- Alison Morton
- Carol Cooper
- Debbie Young
- Jessica Bell
- Joanna Penn
- Joanne Phillips
- Julie Day
- Lorna Ferguson Part 1 & Lorna Ferguson Part 2
- Michael MacMahon
- Paul Murphy
Any ALLi members who have also blogged about the show but whose posts are not mentioned here, please feel free to message me the link and I'll add it in now.
And if you're not an ALLi member, and are a self-publishing author, I hope reading these posts will make you really want to join us!
Here's an easy tweet to help you share all these great posts via your Twitter account: “Indie authors share their views on #LBF14 & industry's attitude to #selfpublishing via @IndieAuthorALLi: http://wp.me/p44e6Y-1NM”