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Opinion: The Dollars and Sense of Diversity

Grace Wynter, American writer of women’s fiction and romance, sounds the rallying cry for indie authors to be a driving force within the publishing industry for greater diversity in books. Increasingly, members of the broader writing community are understanding that the publishing industry needs to do a better job of representing diverse voices. Even so, there […]

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How Indie Authors Should Approach Change in the Publishing industry

Samantha Warren, US author of speculative fiction, highlights one of the many benefits of being a self-published author: the ease with which we may accommodate changes in the publishing industry. Publishing is tough, no matter which way you go. But if you want to succeed in this crazy world of writing, you need to have maneuverability. One […]

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Publishing: Can Indie Authors Dispense with The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook?

Here’s an interesting debate to start the weekend! Should indie authors dispense with the weighty publishing industry directories that have long been a must-have for any author’s bookshelf, like Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (UK) or The Writer’s Handbook (US)? In this post, Scottish indie author Ian Sutherland describes how becoming a self-published author made him […]

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Watchdog: Is A Kirkus Review Worth The Price?

ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammatteo provides a balanced and objective appraisal of Kirkus, the paid review service used by some indie authors who hope it will add credibility to their self-published books – but does it also bring sales? While researching this post, I spoke to six authors on the phone and communicated with more than […]

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Opinions: Self-published Authors’ Thoughts on ALLi’s Second Birthday at the London Book Fair

A round-up of ALLi members’ personal posts about their experience of London Book Fair 2014 Readers of this blog who live outside the UK may be forgiven for wondering why ALLi members have been getting so excited about last week’s London Book Fair, because it is, after all, just one of many major publishing trade […]

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ALLi Book Launch: Opening Up To Indie Authors

A post to celebrate the successful launch of ALLi’s new guidebook, Opening Up To Indie Authors, written to help self-publishing authors engage effectively with all parts of the publishing trade, and to encourage the publishing trade to recognise and value the ever-growing quality, scale and importance of the indie sector Having co-written ALLi’s new guidebook, […]

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