There are a handful of fundamental debates that cycle through the writing community: indie vs trad, wide vs exclusive and plotter vs pantser. Some of these debates have obvious answers, others less so. Where writers may flip between indie and trad or wide and exclusive depending on where their business model sits, there’s less movement […]
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How many books do you work on at a time? Whether it’s one or a dozen, this post will give you ideas of other ways of managing your works-in-progress and help you decide whether to stick with your current practice or try another way in the interests of productivity.
In this presentation, author Sacha Black focuses on the creation of villains. Why? Because villains are vital to your novels. They create conflict, drive tension and up the pace. Without a solid villain, your novel will fall flat. In this presentation you’ll learn what clichés and stigmas to avoid, as well as the major factors of […]
Don’t let negative reviews get you down – learn what you can from them, discard what makes no sense, and move on to the more important things in your writing life. Sensible advice from the ever-upbeat Debbie Young.
Welcome to AskALLi, the self-publishing advice podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week, it’s our monthly Writing Salon, where we discuss the craft of writing with author Dan Blank and ALLi Director Orna Ross. This week, Orna and Dan talk about how to effectively share your work in a way that inspires others to […]
Know your manuscript needs a professional editor but worried about being ripped off or taken for a ride? Let Richard Bradburn, ALLi partner member and experienced professional editor, talk you through the process and avoid the pitfalls.
In this presentation, Claire Scobie shares her journey of co-authoring a memoir with her mum, Patricia Scobie. Together, they published A Baboon in the Bedroom about an amazing journey across Africa in 2017. Claire shares the experience of collaborating long-distance with a family member (Claire lives in Australia, her mum in the UK) and the power […]
“If you need fancy dialogue tags, there’s something wrong with your writing.” Giacomo Giammatteo helps us refine our prose to show, not tell, our characters’ emotions without the use of conspicuous dialogue tags.
Welcome to AskALLi, the self-publishing advice podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week it’s our monthly beginners’ self-publishing salon with advice, tips, and tools for indie authors just starting out. Topics discussed this week include: What are the differences between a hobbyist and business mindset? Being a “content provider” for somebody else vs. […]
Does retirement feature in your plans for your writing and self-publishing career? Find out what the ALLi hive mind has to say on the topic – and grab some inspiration!