If you've ever wondered what sales figures for indie authors really mean, and which numbers are important when self-publishing, read on... This month's opinion piece has been contributed by Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) member, Robin Phillips, who writes under the pen name Russell.
The key to self-publishing commercial success lies in finding your readers and building a loyal following.
Creating an author website is one thing, but getting it to convert and actually sell your books is a whole other skill. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team welcomes partner member Thrive Themes to talk all about how to create an author website that converts.
The holiday season is upon us. No matter what festivals you celebrate, whether it's summer or winter right now, a holiday period is a great opportunity to do something special and promote your books. That's what the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is focusing on today. How to maximise seasonal book sales.
We all know that having our books in a library is a good thing. More readers, a segment of readership we don't always reach, and income. But how do you even get your books into a library and how does their distribution system work? These are questions we answer today in our post how library distribution works for indie authors.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Keeping Track of your Book Sales
Brexit has been on the Brit's lips for the last few years, whether you agree with leaving the EU or not, I'm sure relieved it won't be in the news much more. But before we depart the topic, we must first study the implications for authors. Today, Alliance of Independent Authors news editor, Dan Holloway is here to explain exactly what the impacts are for indie authors.
For most indie authors writing today, traditional bookstores in the mall and on the high street fueled our writing ambitions and our love of reading as children. Most writers would be thrilled to see their books on display in bookstore windows, display tables and shelves. Despite the rise and rise of ebooks and audiobooks, and especially during the boom in online buying during the Covid-19 pandemic, physical bookstores are still a significant marketplace for readers to discover and buy books. However it is much more challenging for the indie author to sell books via bookstores than online. What are those challenges and does the benefit of reaching bookstores’ customers justify finding a place for bookstores in your business plan? This post asks the question: are bookstores worth it for indie authors?
Writing a book is quite an endeavor, but once you've got it edited, and you're ready to put it into the world, how do you actually do that? Authors today have a huge range of options and opportunities across ebook, print books, and audiobooks. This is the Alliance of Independent Authors ultimate guide to book distribution.
For the next edition of the Alliance of Independent Authors International Insights hosted by Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard, we’re sticking with global book distributors this week. Today focuses on Kobo.
For the next edition of the Alliance of Independent Authors International Insights hosted by Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard, we’re moving on to the giant that is Amazon. If you missed our introduction series to global book markets, you can read them here: Africa, India and China markets in Asia, the Middle East North Africa markets, the Ibero-America markets, the Asia-Pacific markets and the European markets, and also a special edition on the English-language markets. This is international insights: Amazon edition.
In a three-part series starting last week, the Alliance of Independent Authors #AskALLi team explores mailing lists, how to set them up, how to grow them, manage them and most importantly, build and sustain relationships and connections with your readers. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed insightful comments and a special thanks to... This is the ultimate guide to mailing lists for indie authors part 2: mailing list growth.