A one star review is always difficult to see, but it's also a right of passage. You only have to look at Stephen King or J.K. Rowling's reviews to know that no author gets away with five star reviews forever. The odd one star review is manageable. But what happens when readers rebel? Eliza Green, ALLi author member, looks at the latest Patricia Cornwell novel, Quantum, and the shocking response it received on publication.
Longtime ALLi advisor Joel Friedlander, and our cover feature in the 2019 Q1 Edition of The Indie Author member magazine, has helped birth hundreds of thousands of books through his business TheBook Designer.com. His latest project, Creativity and You, invites you to attend to the quiet place inside where you’ll find the torrent of images, ideas, words, sounds. Go creative!
If you're a writer, then you'll know the magic power writing has. Be it the creation of far flung worlds and fantastical creatures or the healing powers of journaling and memoir. Author member Cassie Farren, explains how powerful writing can be. She also asks the question can writing a memoir change your life?
Self-Publishing is the best solution to low author earnings and it's time this was more widely recognized in the literary and publishing industries. These days, authorship is a business, not a career a point that Orna Ross, ALLi director discusses today. Literary and publishing industries are failing to recognize this, to the detriment of authors' ability to make a living from their writing.
Rhythm is an obvious element in poetry but it’s just as important in stories, novels, even essays. As timing is to the sportsman or comedian, so rhythm is to the writer. Today, Bill Kirton ALLi author member, examines writing rhythm across literature.
Together the Alliance of Independent Authors and Michael Anderle's LMBPN team are running an exceptionally exciting Indie Author Rights Program. It's going to be run and publicized through the Self-Publishing Advice Conference. Today, we're giving you the low down on what it's all about and who's participating.
If you're a poet, you should be self-publishing poetry books in multiple formats: ebooks, print on demand (POD) and audiobooks. Here's why.
The life of a writer can be a solitary one; and while an active social media platform goes some way towards overcoming feelings of isolation, it’s not the same as meeting people face-to-face. There are lots of ways you can do this, from writing classes and socials, to digital conferences like our #SelfPubCon. If you haven't registered yet, the next conference is in less than three weeks, hop over here to sign up. Elizabeth Dulcie, author member, has just been to two in-person writing conferences and is here to tell us why you should be attending conferences too.
For an indie author, maintaining control over our work is often one of the reasons we choose to be and stay indie. We want control of our covers, our plots, our characters. And why not, it's our business. Author member JJ Toner explores what control really means for indie authors.
The audiobook market has grown in double figures for six straight years with a 37.1% growth in the USA in 2018. If you haven't entered the audiobook market yet, now is seriously the time. Author member Dawn Brookes is here with a look forward at where she thinks the future of audiobook publishing is heading.
Good quality sound is important for your self-published audiobooks and podcasts. When you're setting out to work in any audio format, there are a few tricks to getting studio-quality sound. And none of these have anything to do with your microphone.
Audiobooks are the flavor of the month. But getting one recorded by a professional doesn't come cheap. However, Andrene Low author member, is here with a hilarious take on the trials and tribulations of DIY audiobooks.