When you open your completed manuscript to start editing, it seems like a monumental task. But like any project, if you break it down into stages, the baby steps are much more manageable. Which is why today's ultimate guide is all about self-editing your manuscript. The Alliance of Independent Authors’ AskALLi team thanks all ALLi members and partners who shared their experiences, in particular Alison Shakspeare of Shakspeare Editorial, Kristina Stanley of Fictionary.co and Lisa Lepki of ProWritingAid for their in-depth contributions and advice.
Welcome to ALLi’s Self-publishing Advice Center, an indie author community outreach service from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi, pronounced ally, “al-eye”, not “al-ee”). If you’re an indie author, we’re your self-publishing ally. Here you’ll find a daily blog, bi-weekly podcast, self-publishing services, contests and awards rated–and lots of other guidance too.
Self-Publishing Advice Center: Blog
Our blog is the core our #AskALLi campaign, which pledges to answer any self-publishing question any author might have. Our blog is written and compiled by ALLi advisors,
members, and team and managed by Sacha Black. It offers advice across the seven processes of publishing:
Members also feature in the case studies on our blog and in our Sunday “Inspirational Indie Author” interview with Howard Lovy
Self-Publishing Advice Center: Books and Podcast
We also offer a weekly podcast on a range of topics of interest to indie authors.
In our shop, you’ll find a wide range of guidebooks on every aspect of how to self-publish a book and run a successful indie author business.
Our books are free to members but available for all to buy here or in your favorite online store.
Self-Publishing Advice Center: Self-Publishing Services and Awards Rated
If you’d like help in self-publishing your book, you need to beware. There are many services out there but writers must make their self-publishing choices in an environment where the same service can cost $500 or $15,000 depending on where you shop and where one large operation traps unwary writers into thinking their book is being “published,” while in reality it is only being printed or set up as an ebook. This is production, not publishing. Production is just one of the seven stages in the publishing process (see above).
Tyro self-publishers can easily fall victim to literary fraud, scams, and misleading practices. So here we offer ratings of self-publishing services and ratings of author contests and awards, overseen by John Doppler for ALLi’s Watchdog Desk.
Self-Publishing Advice Center: Weekly Blog Bulletin
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Self-Publishing Advice Center: #AskALLi
If you have a question about how to self-publish a book, you can email us any time.
Our #AskALLi campaign pledges to answer any self-publishing question anyone might have.
This blog about how to self-publish a book is written by Author and Partner Members of the Alliance of Independent Authors.
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