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Why Self-Publishers Should Join the Alliance of Independent Authors

The Alliance of Independent Authors is a long standing organisation for "indie" independent authors. It's mission is to uphold ethics and foster excellence in self-publishing. ALLi has a global team who, together with ambassadors and advisors worldwide, provide trusted, best-practice information and advice to the author community and provide our members with an extensive suite of benefits. If you're not a member of the organization this post explains the benefits of being part of it and why you should join the Alliance of Independent Authors.
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Gifts from ALLi Members

Welcome to the next blog in our series of festive posts. No matter where you are in the world or what holiday you're celebrating, we've got some top gifts from our writers and partners that you can give to friends, family or fellow writers. In November, we called on the ALLi membership to tell us what gifts they'd give to others. Today, we're sharing some of our favorite gifts.
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Making the Most of Your ALLi Partner Membership 

As a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (known as ALLi, pronounced like the word “ally”), you have access to a community of thousands of authors, designers, editors, booksellers, and readers around the world — and the networking and business opportunities that come with it. How sure are you that you’re getting the most out of your ALLi partner membership and that you know about all the resources available here? We offer some insight.
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Book Publicity Tips for Self-Publishers. Part One: Blogs

Book blog are great publicity for independent authorsGUEST POST: By Ben Cameron of Smith Publicity.

For publicity purposes, there are essentially two kinds of blogs, those that are an offshoot of another form of media, such as a newspaper, magazine or radio show; and those that are independent stand-alones. Either way, they are usually written by a single individual or a small group and have a very personal feel to them.

Like people, blogs can be quirky, opinionated and prejudiced. You are off to a great start if you think if them as people – as funny as your Aunt Bessie or grumpy as your old Uncle Carl.

1)  Blogs Are Not an Afterthought

When it comes to media, some rank contacts in order of ‘importance’, with television being the golden ticket and blogs being something you try once other

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