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Throwback Thursday at ALLI #TBT

TTWelcome to Throwback Thursday at Alli, where we turn back the clock to highlight some of the great posts on this blog platform.

Most are still totally relevant, others a bit dated, but that is part of the fun.

We have so much great content to share that we don’t want to overwhelm you, so we will do it four posts at a time #humblebrag.

Today we look at some pearls of wisdom from our Watchdogs. Click any headline to read the original post in full.

How to Choose the Best Self-Publishing Service

By Ben Galley on October 11, 2013

A profile of ALLi’s, Choosing a Self-Publishing Service Guide by its co-author, Ben Galley, one of ALLi’s Watchdog team.

As Victoria Strauss says – there are sharks out there in the publishing waters.

What sort of shark? What possible danger could you, the author-publisher, face in this industry? I’m talking about a certain breed of service provider that exists to exploit you.
(A newly updated 2014 edition by Giacomo Giammatteo and Mick Rooney is now available and can be downloaded free by members)…

Publishing: Why Author Advocacy Works

By Nerys Hudson on March 14, 2014

How effective author advocacy by campaigners David Gaughran and Victoria Strauss have influenced The Bookseller‘s decision to no longer accept advertisements from Author Solutions – a report by ALLi’s Press and PR Manager Nerys Hudson, from her office in Berlin, Germany.

She also shares David Gaughran’s top tips for adding your voice to the continuing campaign against the exploitation of self-published authors by unscrupulous service providers.

If you’ve taken a look on David Gaughran’s site recently, you would have noticed a rather cheering development for the author-publisher community. In a post entitled “A Victory Against Author Solutions”, Gaughran announced a decision from industry title The Bookseller to cease their advertising agreement with Author Solutions, Inc…

Smashwords Commended by ALLi’s Author Service Award 2014

By Giacomo Giammatteo on May 19, 2014

In today’s Opinion slot, Giacomo Giammatteo of our Watchdog team, fresh from updating ALLi’s guide book Choosing a Self-Publishing Service, pays tribute to Smashwords, which has just been awarded ALLi’s Author Service Award 2014.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ll come right out and say it – the publishing world is in an obvious state of flux. The worst part is that so many companies are rushing to take advantage of self-published authors with shoddy services and exorbitant prices.

When doing this job, it can sometimes seem as if the entire industry is rife with charlatans, and so it’s nice to find companies whose goals are in sync with authors.

Smashwords falls squarely into this category. Their philosophy is simple and their motivation is clear. In order for them to make money, authors have to make money…

Watchdog: Ingram Spark vs CreateSpace for Self-publishing Print Books

By Giacomo Giammatteo on October 3, 2014

ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammatteo provides an invaluable detailed analysis of the two biggest print service providers for indie authors, Ingram (via its two different subsets, Lightning Source – for publishers of many books – and Ingram Spark – for individual self-publishers) and Amazon’s CreateSpace…

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