The indie author's ability to make a living from writing books rests on the concept and laws of copyright. And indie authors can get very heated when they feel that right is being violated, whether by another person, or a machine. Is copyright broken in the digital age? Should we ditch it and start again. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team begins with a new first series article. Orna Ross and Dan Holloway give us their opinions and tell us why indie authors need to talk about... copyright.
In our Alliance of Independent Authors guidebooks, podcast and advice columns, we're careful to distinguish between opinion and fact. In our new column, "We Need to Talk About...", it's going to be all about opinion. We're seeking compelling arguments that stimulate conversation, foster understanding, and expand perspectives.
Self-publishing is much more than an alternative route to market for authors, says Orna Ross, director of the Alliance of Independent Authors in her opinion post this month. Drawing on two new reports about conditions for authors, she explores myths and misunderstandings about authorship that are relics from an age that's now over. And explains how self-publishing changes everything for everyone in publishing.
You'd be forgiven for thinking technology has eradicated the days of old. But not so fast, author member Christopher Wills has a different opinion. He's here to examine the similarities between the current ebook era and the early twentieth century pulp fiction era.
Ever felt silly for not being more of a technology expert? Don't let others get you down, says Barb Drozdowich - it's for the others to change their vocabulary and be more understanding, especially on social media.
Feeling stressed by the pressure to become a bestseller? Think only making the top of the sales charts will do? Think again. Kassandra Lamb explains why she's happy to aim for the mid-list, drawing on previous career experience.
To help you concentrate your thoughts for a successful new year of self-publishing, here's a chance to revisit the most relevant opinion posts from the AskALLi blog in 2018. Here's to our best year yet as indie authors!
Frustrated by concerns about Amazon's reviews process? Take heart from this post updating you on ALLi's consultations with Amazon, and Barry Faulkner's reality check on readers' attitudes.
Honestly, the weird things people say to indie authors... Alex Klaushofer raises a laugh - and some community spirit among indie authors - with the results of her recent informal survey of odd comments writers receive - and suggests some smart responses.
Why you need to make sure your writing is the best it can be before you invest in marketing it - tough love on the importance of writing craft from ALLi Author Advice Center Manager Debbie Young, herself the author of a series of cozy mysteries
Do you make time to read for pleasure? If not, you should - it's the easiest way to enrich your writing and hone your craft as an author. Debbie Young explains why and shares a captivating poem on the topic by Julia Donaldson.
Why indie authors of literary fiction should take a leaf out of the marketing book of genre writers - Jay Lemming describes how this strategy works for him.