Audiblegate and Storytel have changed the audiobook landscape and what Facebook's Australian news ban means
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Getting Books into Bookstores with Debbie Young
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?
As we near the end of the year, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team wanted to use December to look back at 2020 and the range of ultimate guides and posts we've created to help you write, publish and market your books. Today, we've collated all of the distribution posts, podcasts and books from the team to help you improve your publishing skills. Here are the best distribution tips of 2020.
Below is a statement from the Alliance of Independent Authors regarding author in-store bulk purchases and Mark Dawson’s bulk self-purchase of The Cleaner.
Like to get your books into bricks-and-mortar bookstores? It'll help if you understand the bookseller's objectives and viewpoint - and this extract from ALLi's guidebook about bookstores will quickly put you in the picture.
When we first start writing, many of us dream of having a book signing. We also cower at the prospect of having to talk to 'real people.' But for the most part, meeting readers is what we want. Organizing and delivering a book signing day can be daunting. ALLi Author member Eileen Omosa is explains how to organize a book signing.
With book marketing consistently ranked as one of the top challenges for the self-publishing author, you might wonder whether paying to participate in book fairs is worth the money and the effort. Indie author and ALLi member Sue Rovens provides recommended do's and don't's for a successful book fair, based on her personal experience.
500+ bookstores celebrate Indie Bookstore Day, Young Adult fiction sparks sales growth & Kindle store survives Amazon's China retreat.
Like to get your self-published books into physical bookstores? Be inspired by this case study of the launch of a new kind of bricks-and-mortar bookshop that actively promotes books by indie authors.
How indie author Richard Vaughan-Davies secured a booksigning event in bookstore chain WH Smith, which recently announced it is open to approaches from authors - including indies - to hold events in-store. Pick up top tips how to here.
Do you dream of getting your self-published books stocked by bricks-and-mortar bookstores? Let Anna Sayburn Lane inspire you with her case study and practical tips that have got her debut novel stocked in London bookshops.