Welcome to AskALLi, the self-publishing advice broadcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week it's our monthly IndieVoices' self-publishing salon with interviews conducted by ALLi Managing Editor Howard Lovy and updates from News Editor Dan Holloway. This Month's IndieVoices…
Is copyright broken? That's the question the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is asking today. We don't think it's broken, but it doesn't always work. In a two part series starting today and finishing next Monday, we explore both piracy and plagiarism and the impact they're having on members as well as what you can do about them. With deep thanks to all of our members who contributed with insightful comments and a special thanks to John Doppler, our resident watchdog for his knowledge and contributions to the posts. The Indie Author's Guide to Piracy.
It's unfortunate that in every industry there are people who will gladly take advantage of you. That's why the Alliance of Independent Authors is proud to run a watchdog desk that runs a number of services including: highlighting trusted service providers through their vetting service and monthly watchdog posts on the not so trustworthy. Today, we have a round up of all of the articles you need to avoid being ripped off as an indie author.
It's an unfortunate part of every industry, not just writing, but scams are becoming more and more frequent. ALLi author member Stephen Bentley shows us how to spot and avoid author scams.
ALLi's Watchdog Desk has received over twenty complaints of Blasty failing to respond to customer service inquiries, failing to honor cancellation requests, and continuing to charge customer credit cards and bank accounts after cancellation. Some complainants felt they had no other recourse than to cancel their credit cards, or file fraud claims with their banks.
Have you been a victim of piracy on KDP? Amazon may compensate you for the infringement, but only if you follow these steps.
The Society of Authors sends an open letter asking the UK government to tackle piracy. Storytel continues to grow and Scribd breaks new ground.
What can artificial intelligence and blockchain do for you? Kathy Meis of Bublish gives a clear summary and a link to a free webinar on 13 February. (Can't make the event live? Register anyway to access post-event recording.)
Piracy is in the news this week, with file sharing site oceanofpdf taken offline and a new study that posits a direct link between piracy and reduced sales.
Figures show that author incomes continue to fall. Now is the time to make your website secure or fall foul of Google's algorithms, while you may already be falling foul of Facebook and Amazon's.
Smashwords partners with Findaway Voices, more than a million ebooks have now been borrowed through Overdrive, and we meet the best ebook coders.
Amazon has finally opened its first staff-less shop to the public, Wattpad has secured $51m funding to expand its machine learning, and several platforms have expandd their offerings to readers.