Publishing for profit as an author begins with knowing your values, mission and passion and how they link to the value you offer your reader.
Whether you're a firm fan of futurism or you're a little hesitant at the quantity of technology being created, educating yourself on what's to come is important to creating a sustainable business. Four women in the publishing industry who have a keen eye for predicting future trends are Alliance of Independent Authors Director Orna Ross, Joanna Penn, Jane Friedman and Becca Syme. Today, the AskALLi team asks them how they predict and profit from publishing trends.
For ten years, the Alliance of Independent Authors has worked to improve representation for indie authors. One aspect of that work has been getting organizations, awards and services to open their doors to self-publishers. We're delighted to have recently appointed a dedicated manager, Melissa Addey, for this important work and to have updated our Open Up To Indie Authors campaign and "Open Up" guidebook series. This is our Open Up To Indie Authors Campaign update.
Backlist is a term thrown about by both self-publishing authors and traditional publishers. While your new books—your front list—are often the highest earning for short periods of time. But it's usually your backlist that brings in the consistent cash over time. How do you make the most of those books? What should you be doing to capitalize on them and what tactics work the best? That's the question the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is answering today. This is boost your backlist: how to make the most of every title.
You've finished a book! Hurrah. Now you need to publish it. Which means metadata, back matter, front matter, and... a copyright page. But what exactly is supposed to go in a copyright page? How much legal wording do you need and what are those key phrases? Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors discusses creating your copyright page.
Last time we looked at the previous decade in self-publishing. This time out, Alliance of Independent Authors director Orna Ross identifies what she sees as the seven trends that will power self-publishing in the coming decade. This is the next ten years: self-publishing predictions 2022.
2012 was a landmark year for self-publishing, seeing not only the launch of the Alliance of Independent Authors, but also the publishing platforms Draft2Digital and Kobo Writing Life, and the advertising medium BookBub, all of which are still significant players. Since then, indie authors have rocked the book world non-stop. Here’s a round-up of the defining changes year on year - which show how far we’ve come, how fast we’re adapting and innovating, and how we’ve changed the face of publishing forever. This is ten years of self-publishing.
Happy Birthday to us! The Alliance of Independent Authors is ten years old this year. Ten whole years! Over in the AskALLi team, we're delighted to be reaching this monumental birthday, so today, and over the next couple of weeks we'll be taking a moment to celebrate the last ten years of work, publishing and community.
Copyright is an author's key to income, career and a sustainable lifestyle. But it's surrounded by complex laws, detailed information that can be confusing and overwhelming. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors brings you a the ultimate guide to copyright. Everything you need to know to understand and maximize your copyright.
Children's book publishing is a big section of the industry. But marketing is a little different. Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is launching a new guidebook all about how to publish a children's book for indie authors.
While print books have been the backbone and primary format for traditional publishing for... well, forever, that's not the case for indies. Typically, indie authors are digital first, focused on ebook sales and then audio and print next. So how do you actually publish an ebook? The Alliance of Independent Authors extends thanks to Linh Thoi for her contributions to this post. This is how to publish an ebook.
There have been many debates over the years in the writing world: plotting or pantsing, trad or indie but the main question now is whether to go exclusive to Amazon or publish wide. The Alliance of Independent Authors always advises you publish wide, but today's post dives into the what's, why's and how's of publishing wide. This is the ultimate guide to publishing wide.