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This Week’s Self-publishing News: Diversity & Payment for Authors

This week’s news on all things self-publishing-related includes the announcement of a new inclusive book prize aiming to address diversity; a snapshot of some of the huge book festivals now underway round the globe; the ongoing issue of authors not being paid; why  independent bookstores could have more beneficial relationships with indie authors; and how […]

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This Week’s Self-publishing News

In this week’s news on all things self-publishing, we look ahead and look out for Amazon’s upcoming warning signs on e-book errors;  plus new ideas, appointments, services and gaining the best, and genuine,  reviews for your indie books. Valerie Shanley gets the lowdown from her ALLi partners and friends.   Surely some mistake Amazon’s plan […]

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What’s New from ALLi in 2016?

It hasn’t been all festive partying at ALLi Towers over the holiday as we get set for 2016. We’ve new developments afoot and new member services coming on steam over the coming months, which we’ll cover in more detail as we go. Valerie Shanley’s news for the New Year gives a sneak preview of what […]

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This Week’s Self-publishing News

Catch up on the week’s self-publishing news with Valerie Shanley as she gathers the latest industry-related developments of interest to indie authors from ALLi partners and friends. Included are a new screenwriting tool, an upcoming rights service from ALLi, the global  connection between smartphones and e-reading, plus independent bookstores’ answer to impossible-to-avoid Black Friday.   […]

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ALLi Insights: Legal Essentials for Authors with Helen Sedwick Video & Podcast

In this month’s How-to for Authors, Orna chatted with Helen Sedwick to discuss self-publishing legal essentials. Helen uses simple terms and easy to follow language to empower authors and set them up for success. Mention “legal” and many authors run for the hills. But, if you’re an Indie Authors who self-publishes you need to know your […]

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ALLi July Events: How-To for Authors

This month we have a duo of fabulous events being hosted by the Alliance of Independent Authors. As well as our regular ALLi Insights with Helen Sedwick and Ask ALLi Author Advice Q&A with Joanna Penn and Orna Ross, we’re also hosting a Twitter Chat with Amy Edelman from IndieReader. Whether you’re a seasoned indie author […]

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ALLi Insights July

As an author, do you know what legal matters are important to be familiar with?

Writers should not be losing money and sleep by signing on with the publishing company or getting sued for copyright infringement. With the right information, writers can protect their rights and their wallets.

In this month’s How-to for Authors, Orna will with talking to Helen Sedwick to discuss copyright, to add some clarity around what a writer owns vs. what they don’t. Other topics being discussed are how authors can protect their work. How to keep others from taking more than their fair share, by understanding the nuances between licenses vs. assignments, exclusive vs. non-exclusives and termination clauses. We’ll also be covering scams.

Guest Speaker Helen Sedwick:

Writer and lawyer Helen Sedwick has thirty years of experience representing businesses and entrepreneurs. When she self-published the novel COYOTE WINDS, she could find no handbook to help writers deal with the legal issues of self-publishing. So she wrote that book: Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook. Her goal is to keep writers out of court and at their desks.

ForeWord Review gave her Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook Five Stars, calling it “one of the most valuable resources a self-publisher can own…well-written and authoritative yet unhampered by legalese.” Her blog coaches writers on everything from protecting copyrights to hiring freelancers to spotting scams. For more information about Helen and her work, check out her website at

Alliance of Independent Authors:
Orna Ross launched the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has seen her named as one of The Bookseller’s “100 top people in publishing”.

She also publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and is greatly excited by the democratising, empowering potential of author-publishing.

Where can I watch or listen to more How-To for Authors?

You can catch up on all of our videos on ALLi’s YouTube Channel

You can listen to all of our podcast recordings at ALLi’s SoundCloud Channel

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This Week’s Self-publishing News

Valerie Shanley sharpens her pencils and discovers who’s making news this week among our ALLi partners and friends. Is Your Indie Book Worth Reading? C’mon, of course it is, so get your literary skates on and link up to for the chance to be included in their 50 Self-published Books Worth Reading, closing date 30th […]

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