Traditional publishing is organized around seasons, which you’ll have seen in the bestseller charts and the marketing activities of bookstores. Should indie authors also follow these seasons? Are there any aspects we could do in a different way, as our business model is more nimble? That's the topic the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team is tackling today. This is the ultimate guide to seasonal publishing for indie authors.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Judging a good self-publishing service.
If you've hung around the Alliance of Independent Authors for any amount of time, you've likely heard the term "creative self-publishing". Today, with the launch of the second edition of Orna's book Creative Self-publishing, we dive into ten stories of creative self-publishers, the breadth and range of which is astonishing.
We all know that having our books in a library is a good thing. More readers, a segment of readership we don't always reach, and income. But how do you even get your books into a library and how does their distribution system work? These are questions we answer today in our post how library distribution works for indie authors.
Launching a book is an extraordinarily exciting moment in an indie authors life, especially when it's the first book. But there's so much to do. What order should you do it in and how much time do you need in advance of your launch to complete it? Today's post is the Alliance of Independent Authors' Ultimate Guide to Launching a Book (including timeline).
If you're a regular reader of this blog or a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), you'll be aware of the campaign called "Audiblegate". This post by ALLi Director Orna Ross explains the nature of that campaign, how it began, the latest developments--and why it matters to all authors and publishers.
It's been a tradition since founding the Alliance of Independent Authors in 2012 for ALLi's Director, Orna Ross to do a prediction post at this beginning of the year. Here's last year's post which was also a prediction for the decade to come, and is still relevant). But the events of 2020 have made such posts seem like hubris. Which is why today, Orna brings you her thoughts on what self-publishing in 2021 will look like.
Writing a book is quite an endeavor, but once you've got it edited, and you're ready to put it into the world, how do you actually do that? Authors today have a huge range of options and opportunities across ebook, print books, and audiobooks. This is the Alliance of Independent Authors ultimate guide to book distribution.
Like any industry, the publishing and self-publishing industries employ their own jargon. And the technologies of digital publishing have introduced a vast array of terms, expressions, and idioms into the English language over the past two decades. This week, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team bring you an excerpt from their Self-Publishing Glossary which is intended to assist authors who are self-publishing a book by providing an accurate and accessible set of definitions for the terms most often used in our sector.
When you start out in any business, there's a period of time where you make do. You find quick fixes, do things cheaply and patch jobs the best you can because everything is frantic and chaotic and there's a million things that need doing. But eventually the patch jobs fray, the quick fixes don't match your branding and the cheap solutions create more problems than benefits. This week, the Alliance of Independent Authors AskALLi team dives deep into business integration, and how to deepen, polish and strengthen your author business foundations.
For this week’s edition of the Alliance of Independent Authors International Insights hosted by Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard, we’re moving on to indie friendly aggregators.
The Self-Publishing Advice Conference is almost upon us. SelfPubCon is associated with Frankfurt Book Fair this year—which is now online. Our conference kicks off in just over a week's time. While we’re preparing the presentations and session content, the AskALLi team thought we’d share the speaker line up so you can plan your conference attendance. Wherever you are in the world, click here to sign up and secure your space now.