On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Do You Need to be an Expert to Write a Non-Fiction Book?
Take inspiration and pick up top tips for productivity from the highly successful indie author of fiction and non-fiction, Laura Morelli, art historian
Non-fiction authors often scratch their heads wondering what fiction writers' marketing devices will work for them - and in this Ann Richardson describes how a BookBub promotion made a huge difference to her non-fiction book about hospices.
Think your current work-in-progress is challenging? Read Helen Prochazka's extraordinary tale of her six-year labor of love to write and self-publishing a beautiful mathematics book for adults.
Have you ever investigated old newspaper archives as a source of information, ideas and inspiration either for non-fiction or fiction? True-crime writer Angela Buckley shares her top tips for effective use of archived news - and why she loves it so much.
Ever co-authored a book? Thinking of trying collaboration as a means to increase your output of self-published books? Read Brad Borkan's top tips for effective co-writing gained from a project shared with a co-author two continents away!
Do you have an out-of-print or unpublished back catalogue tucked away? Don't be afraid to get it out and reread it - it may be better than you think, and ideal material for self-publishing, says Ann Richardson, who goes on to offer two cases of her own that have done well.
A little bit of market research can go a long way toward ensuring the financial success of your books. Learn how to test topic ideas and refine them into ready-to-sell titles for enthusiastic readers.
If you write non-fiction, this post is a must-read, giving a succinct guide to the specialist subject of indexing, why you need an index for your book and how to acquire one.
6 good reasons to write non-fiction, by Australian publisher and ALLi partner member Ann Wilson - should you be doing it too?
Inspiration for all kinds of indie authors from self-publishing superstar Joseph Alexander, author of 30+ non-fiction books
A heartwarming post by indie author Julie Day, who has Asperger's Syndrome, about her new Rainbow School series of books for children with special needs