ALLi’s Self-Publishing Watchlist highlights companies whose complaints are on the rise. We monitor these companies carefully, and upgrade or downgrade their ratings as circumstances change. This month, we examine two substandard publishers who specifically target Christian lit and authors. Companies that cloak themselves in the mantle of religion are nothing new, but they’ve found a […]
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Even the best companies will have a dissatisfied customer from time to time, but when ALLi’s Watchdog Desk sees a disproportionate number of complaints about the same issues, that indicates a persistent problem.
When David Gaughran exposed clickfarming scams that were manipulating the sales rank of books on Amazon, authors expressed a wide range of reactions. Some — a substantial majority by my reckoning — were furious that scammers were reaping the rewards of a “best-selling” title. Some felt it was a victimless crime, and not a big […]
Excuse me while I just settle down and get comfortable in my new home here on a Tuesday. I look forward to welcoming you here. OK, now I’ve popped next door to Monday’s opinion column and borrowed a pint of milk, here we go. Kobo In case it sometimes seems that when it comes to ebook […]
OK, I couldn’t not use that as my title this week, could I?! And if you don’t know what I mean, let me explain, slowly and calmly. This week saw the announcement of the 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. And the winner was Bob Dylan. Nobel Prize. Bob Dylan. Yes! These are […]
How to spot and send packing any service company that tries to manipulate you into compliance by reducing your self-confidence and self-worth – wise words from ALLi Watchdog John Doppler.
The growth of the self-publishing industry has made it a prime target for parasites and predators. To help protect you from con artists and predatory service providers, we’re introducing Self-Defense for Indie Authors. This ongoing series of lessons will teach you to recognize and counter the deceptive tactics used to separate indie authors from their […]
Last month, I reviewed Pronoun, an intriguing, free, assisted self-publishing platform. I’m updating that review today with a significant new development: Macmillan has acquired Pronoun. Uncertainty, but optimism too The incursion of Big 5 publishers into the realm of self-publishing has rarely benefited indie authors. The long, ugly history of traditional publishers partnering with predatory […]
This week, we’re taking a closer look at Pronoun, a relatively new digital distributor that’s attracting a lot of interest among indie authors. Background Pronoun is the result of a merger between the publisher Vook, the imprint Byliner, and the analytics platform Booklr. The company publishes ebooks to the five major online retailers: Amazon, Apple, […]
There’s no getting away from that word ‘new’ as just one week into 2016 and already a lot is happening in self-publishing related news. Whether it’s initiatives from the London Book Fair 2016, a global letter-writing campaign for better contracts for author earnings, or a fresh (we live in hope) start for a controversial self-pub […]