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Top Tips On Writing A Book – From The Latest Ask ALLi Self-publishing Beginners’ Salon Podcast (May 2018)

Top Tips on Writing a Book – from the Latest Ask ALLi Self-publishing Beginners’ Salon Podcast (May 2018)

askalli-podcast-squares2Welcome to AskALLi, the self-publishing advice podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week it's our monthly beginners' self-publishing salon with advice, tips, and tools for indie authors just starting out.



Topics discussed this week include:

  • Writing nonfiction – Jyotsna recommends writing something related to your profession as your very first book. Above all, though, be clear about the reason you're writing the book.
  • Writing fiction – Iain says the first book should be your passion project (and he's on a “career high” this month, selling more books than in previous past years, mainly due to Facebook advertising).
  • The need to work at your craft –  not even Stephen King was born to be Stephen King; he worked hard at it.
  • The aspiration to make a good living writing books – odds are, you won't win the lottery like Stephen King or JK Rowling, but it's possible to earn a living.
  • The process from idea to book – Jyotsna describes her path.
  • The discipline of writing a book – Iain shares his top tips.
  • An ideal program for book writing – Iain provides an introduction to Scrivener.
  • How to avoid distractions while you're writing – switch off your WiFi and don't get lost in Google!
  • The difference between writing mode and editing mode – and how to just write your first draft without switching into editing mode. Just keep writing!
  • Using an “accountability partner” while you're writing – Jyotsna recommends this approach to give you a “nice kick in the butt”!

Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Author Advice Center, https://selfpublishingadvice.org.

And, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally. You can do that at http://allianceindependentauthors.org.

Now, go write and publish!

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About the Hosts

Jyotsna Ramachandran is the founder of Happy Self Publishing and author of the international bestseller Job Escape Plan.

Iain Rob Wright has written over a dozen novels. He’s an active member of the Horror Writers Association and has also written a free self-publishing course for authors.

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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  1. True words here. My first book, a nonfiction, was on a topic in my profession and this made it quite easy to write.

    Now, while I have changed niches completely since then, writing that first book broke whatever anxiety and fear most new authors experience publishing their first book.

  2. I have completed my first novel and have been approached by three ‘vanity’ publishers, I thought perhaps it may be OK to publish that way but have changed my mind after researching them.

    I would like to self-publish but it’s very confusing, I’m 74 and find the online world a little daunting…

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