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Self-Publishing Across Different Genres: AskALLi Advanced Self-Publishing Salon July 2018

Self-Publishing Across Different Genres: AskALLi Advanced Self-Publishing Salon July 2018

The particular challenges of self-publishing across different genres is the theme of this month's Advanced Self-Publishing Salon from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), with ALLi Director Orna Ross and Advisor, Joanna Penn.

Orna writes novels and poetry as well as creative guides for authors and other creative entrepreneurs. Joanna writes fiction and nonfiction.  Their podcast also covers the latest author-publishing news and views.

Topics discussed this week:

  • Orna talks about the “waves of concern” over Amazon reviews, rank stripping, and book stuffing. ALLi is having private and public meetings with Amazon officials to get to the bottom of the issues.
  • Update on Joanna Penn's many projects, including ebook, print book, audiobook, workbook, and multimedia course … all at the same time. And she is 7,000 words into her next thriller.
  • Orna launches a Patreon page for her poetry and is writing a book on how to write Haiku
  • News update on Donadio & Olson literary agency embezzlement, bringing up the question: Do you really need an agent?
  • Do authors need to pay attention to the business side?
  • What's going on with Amazon reviews?
  • Putting it in perspective, most ALLi members are happy with Amazon's review system, though some have had fallen foul, most have been quickly reinstated.
  • Joanna and Orna describe the multiple genres in which they write. Is this the best way to go or best avoided?
  • Do you need to use different author names for different genres?
  • Which genres sell best in ebook, print and audio?

And more.

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About the Hosts

Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as writing non-fiction for authors. She is also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013. She spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporations across the globe before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur in September 2011.

Orna Ross launched the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has seen her named as one of The Bookseller’s “100 top people in publishing”. She also publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and is greatly excited by the democratizing, empowering potential of author-publishing and digital creative entrepreneurship.

Author: Howard Lovy

Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and now amplifies the voices of independent author-publishers and works with authors as a developmental editor. Howard is also a freelance writer specializing in Jewish issues whose work appears regularly in Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Longreads.


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