An ongoing challenge for indie authors is choosing the best available self-publishing services, from the large distributors like Amazon KDP or Apple iBooks down to the right designer, editor and marketing approach for each title. ALLi offers assistance with this key decision through our Partner Member facility, Watchdog Desk, vetted services and regularly updated publication, Choosing A Self-Publishing Service. And we thank the sponsors of today's Fringe who have allowed us to keep it free to all authors
Do you understand the difference between a wholesaler and a retailer? How much will you be charged by each of them, if your book is stocked by stores? What is iPage and why should you be in it? And how do you sell globally? Join Robin Cutler and Andy Bromley as they answer the most pressing questions asked members of the Alliance of Independent Authors about bookshop sales.
David Penny takes us through the stages involved in writing and then publishing a novel, from initial concept, research, plotting method, drafting and editing, and then into design, production, distribution, marketing and promotion. You may write in a different genre or use different tools but David’s central focus is on how getting organized makes the process a whole lot easier.
Though it may be hidden from public view, teamwork is important to almost any top-quality publication. And no team is more important than an author and their editor. In this session, author Rohan Quine and his editor Dan Holloway will take you through what that relationship is like from the inside. They will go through the various stages of the editing timeline one by one, from the initial late-night conversation in a Soho café about the finer points of “Blade Runner” to the final cut, offering an insight into their unique, humorous, and often surreal interplay and the book that it built, and demonstrating just what you should expect when you enter the editing process.
Debbie Young asked ALLi members to nominate their favorite writing tool, say which book the tool was used on and describe exactly how their chosen tool helped. Tune in for some surprising ideas that could help you write your best book ever.
One of the best ways to establish subject matter expertise within your industry is to use your knowledge and passion for your specialist topic to write and publish ebooks. Whether you’re a fiction author who wants to write nonfiction, or a entrepreneur who wants to turn readers into potential clients, you can turn your passion for a subject into a successful foundation for your brand.
Illustrations are a great way to make your book stand out from the crowd. Cartoonist and writer Alex Hallatt advises what to consider when working with an illustrator, including copyright, workflow and how much you should be paying to add value to your work.e.
Got a great website? It’s as important as your book, the core of your author activity. ALLi Advisor Paul Teague demonstrates step-by-step how to set up a WordPress website and blog in under an hour — including one option for free.
While he was at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2016 reporting for ALLi's Indie Author Fringe, ALLi Technical Manager David Penny arranged to meet with Marco Croella of StreetLib so he could discuss his alternative service to distribution companies such as Smashwords and Draft2Digital. Due to unforseen circumstances (and David standing in the wrong place) he never did get to meet Marco in Frankfurt, but they conducted their interview a couple of days later.
Audiobook sales are projected to increase 40% in 2017, after a whopping 32% growth in 2016. This is prime time to get your book into audio! In this program we’ll cover the essentials you need to know as you enter the audiobook world, so you can make informed decisions all along the way. We’ll cover topics including: creating goals and strategies for your audiobook, selecting a narrator (which could be you), the audiobook process, distribution options, royalties, marketing your audiobook, and more.
Three professional editors join Ricardo Fayet in discussing the most common writing mistakes authors make in their first drafts and how not to make them. From craft topics — plot, characterization, point of view, dialogue, structure, voice — to grammatical mistake, the focus is on helping authors approach their work with more clarity and keep them from stumbling on common pitfalls.