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The Self-Publishing Advice Center: How to Self-Publish A Book

ALLi vertical logoWelcome to ALLi’s Self-publishing Advice Center, a community outreach service from the Alliance of Independent Authors (“ALLi”, ally with an i), all about how to self-publish a book. 

If you’re an indie author, we are your self-publishing ally. We have a daily blog, bi-weekly podcast and lots of other services and guidance too. See below.

Our blog and advice are written by ALLi team, advisors and members and offers advice across the seven processes of publishing:

There’s also advice on making a living as an author and running an author business, as well as weekly news bulletin about all that’s happening in the indie author world.

Self-Publishing Advice Center: Blog, 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 through ALLi’s Watchdog Desk.

Self-Publishing Advice Center: Weekly Blog Bulletin

You can receive a weekly blog round-up, direct to your inbox.

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.

To find out more about how you can write for us, and other benefits of membership including discounts and deals, legal advice, publishing and self-publishing contracts, advice forum and more, go here.

We’d love you to join us.

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Orna Ross

Orna Ross is an Irish novelist and poet and Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors.

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