It's mind boggling that just 15 years ago, there were no iPhones, no Kindles and barely an inkling of the impending self-publishing revolution. In a few short years, indie authors have irrevocably changed the industry: now accounting for 24-34% of all ebook sales in the largest English-language markets, depending on which source you read (and none of them tell the full story). Today, the Alliance of Independent Authors #AskALLi team look at the facts and figures about self-publishing and the impact of indie authors on the wider publishing industry.
We're living in a digital age, which means no matter how you're published, you need some kind of platform to connect with readers. Author platforms are made more important by international crises like Covid-19. Today’s post outlines how you can create a platform. This is the ultimate guide to author platforms.
Indie authors are generous in sharing information and paying knowledge forward which has given us real competitive advantages. The Alliance of Independent Authors is built on such author collaboration. Others are entering formal collaboration partnerships in writing and publishing. Here is your Ultimate Guide to Author Collaboration in Writing and Publishing
Writing and publishing any book can be a complex process. But what happens when you want to include illustrations and you're not an artist? Today, Karen Ferreira has stepped in to give you the ultimate guide to illustrations in books and explains how and why you should use illustrations in your books.
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.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) we asked questions to Nate Hoffelder, founder of the Digital Reader and website expert about the six most common website errors.
Join Robin Cutler, Orna Ross, Joanna Penn, and Sacha Black in this Self-Publishing Advice Conference Highlight: The Power of Indie Publishing.
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.
Publishing books is most indie author's bread and butter, but how many of us still enter writing competitions? Dea Parkin, ALLi partner member, Editor-in-chief at Fiction Feedback and Secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association, gives us an insight into her experience administrating and reading for major writing competitions and advises how best to go about preparing your entry.
It's perhaps no surprise that just like a reader has a preference for one author's voice over another, listeners will have a preference for one narrator over the another. Rosalind Minett, ALLi author member debates whether the author's spoken voice is the best choice for narration or whether we should leave it up to the professionals. One thing's for certain, choosing the right audiobook narrator is a difficult task.
The beginning of the year is a perfect time to set goals and plan actions, especially if you're an author. While most businesses write a business plan, it's not always a consideration writers make. Tetania Bak, from ALLi partner member MiblArt is here to explain how to create one and as well as the goals in it.