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Preview: What London Book Fair Offers To Indie Authors

Preview: What London Book Fair Offers to Indie Authors

We're excited to reveal a whole host of reasons for indie authors to embrace London Book Fair, with this preview of events of special interest to self-publishing authors – and for those who can't attend, we look forward to ALLi's free Self-Publishing Advice Conference, which runs live online the following Saturday (March 16).

Reasons to Celebrate at London Book Fair (March 12-14)

Photo of Orna at a lectern waving arms enthusiastically

Orna Ross announcing the launch of ALLi at LBF12 (Photo credit: Catriona Troth)

Happy 7th Birthday to ALLi!

ALLi celebrates its seventh birthday at the London Book Fair, where it launched in 2012, with a glittering line-up of self-publishing role models and advisors who are flying in from all over the world.

The Fair runs March 12-14, and ALLi is there for the three days, culminating in the now traditional drinks party at the Hand and Flower pub around the corner from the Olympia Exhibition Hall where the Fair is held.

LBF Opens Up to Indies

This year also sees a breakthrough for our Open Up to Indie Authors Campaign, as it is the first time that an indie author has ever headlined at the fair. Alongside authors like Ian McEwan and Karin Slaughter, ALLi Director Orna Ross will be reading from her new poetry collection, Keepers, and answering questions about poetry publishing in the digital age.

cover of Orna Ross's poetry book Keepers

Orna Ross will be headlining at the London Book Fair with her latest poetry book, Keepers

“We are so pleased to be able to host such an incredible range of authors at The London Book Fair 2019,” Jacks Thomas, Director of LBF, said. “From bestselling writers who already have a vast international reach, to exciting debuts from the UK and around the world, The London Book Fair is the place to find the biggest books that readers are yet to discover and the trends shaping the international industry today. LBF is the place to talent-spot.”

All Indies Welcome at the ALLi Stand

The ALLi stand (1F46, upstairs in Writers Block, beside Author HQ) is a warm and welcoming hub not only for ALLi members and their friends, but for all indie authors. It's a great place to meet other authors, partners and interested parties – so even if you're not a member yet, we'd love to see you there!

Opportunity for ALLi Members to Showcase Books

ALLi members may bring their books along for display in our Member Showcase at the ALLi Stand.

ALLi Advice Center Clinic for Indies

We will also be offering advice clinics across the three days of the fair. We are very grateful to our Partner Members and sponsors, Books Go Social, Chanticleer, Friends of Alice, Pro Writing Aid and PublishDrive, who allow us to have this space as our home at the fair.

Thanks also to ALLi members who have volunteered to run the Advice Center Clinic: Sacha Black, Sarah Proulx Calfee, Wendy Jones, Alison Morton, Joanna Penn, David Penny, Margaret Skea and Debbie Young.

5 Events of Special Interest to Indie Authors

The Self-Publishing Experience Tuesday Mar 12 (0945 – 1030)
Finalists from the inaugural Selfies Award discuss their experiences that led them to pursue self-publishing Our congratulations to Jane Davis, Caroline Goldsworthy, Susan Grossey and Jane Steen, ALLi members shortlisted.

Alliance of Independent Authors Seminar Wednesday March 13 (0945)
How to Successfully Self-Publish: Definitions & Distribution, Marketing and Mindset

Ingram Spark Seminar Wednesday March 13 (1645)
How to Get Self-published Books into Bookshops

Poets Corner Reading & Q&A Thursday March 14 (1000)
Orna Ross reads from Keepers and answers questions about digital publishing and promotion for poets

ALLi's 7th Birthday Celebration Drinks Party Thursday March 14 (1600-1900)
At the Hand & Flower Function Room, 1 Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8XJ, kindly sponsored by Amazon KDP.
Join us for drinks and finger food, meet and mingle with Amazon staff and other Partner Members, ALLis and friends.

And for Indie Authors Who Can't be at LBF…
The Self-Publishing Advice Conference (March 16)

masthead for self-publishing advice conference

For those who cannot attend the London Book Fair, we bring all the fun of the fair to indie authors everywhere with our free online live Self publishing Advice Conference on Saturday, March 16, when we run 24 advice sessions over 24 hours, so there are live sessions during waking hours for all our members, wherever they might be in the world, for our membership is truly global.

This time our topic will be: Business Models for Authors: How to make and sell more great books and run a successful author business.

Speakers will include Bryan Cohen, Adam Croft, Jane Friedman, Dean Wesley-Smith, Ricardo Fayet, Michael Anderle, Dave Chesson, Mark Lefebvre and Joseph Alexander.

More details will follow in tomorrow's post here on the ALLi blog.



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