Every so often, we like to offer a quick recap on what's happening with one of our major campaigns of the year: Opening Up to Indie Authors. Our campaign, which highlights the benefit of including self-published work to the wider world of books and shows indie authors how to approach these institutions, businesses and associations is garnering plenty of momentum, with our campaign petition now well over 1,000 signatures.
Sign and Share
We are aiming for 10 times that amount, so make sure you add your name to the list, and that you spread and share with your friends, family and associates and anyone you think may be interested. Every single name counts, and the more we have, the bigger an impact we can make when we take this petition to the libraries, reviewers, awards bodies and associations.
The OUTIA Reviews are In
Elsewhere, we are getting our first reviews in for the Opening Up to Indie Authors” (OUTIA) guidebook, authored by Debbie Young and Dan Holloway – and so far, we are delighted with the feedback our readers are offering.
It's especially important to us because although OUTIA is a campaign, the guidebook is as much a resource, and is filled with ways to help indie authors find new ways to reach new readers.
Festivals, awards, libraries, bricks and mortar bookstores and writing associations all are traditional bastions of the world of letters and with good reason. Finding ways to build positive connections and relationships with these places can be of huge benefit for you and your books – as they offer your work the crucial exposure to readers who are just waiting to discover their next good read.
When Opening Up to Indie Authors was launched at London Book Fair this April, we were proud to offer authors a book that is a clear, concise and useful resource that can help authors build these relationships. So it nearly goes without saying that we're thrilled to see the guidebook resonating with writers and author publishers.
Let Us Know What You Think
But of course, we want to continue building upon that success, and who better to explain why we want your opinion than Debbie herself, who you all know as the editor of this very blog…
It's very rewarding to see positive reviews starting to flow in for ALLi's latest handbook, “Opening Up To Indie Authors”, written as part of our #publishingopenup campaign for greater acceptance of self-published authors.
The guidebook does this in two ways:
- By helping indie authors better understand how the book trade operates, including retailers, events organisers, libraries, awards programmes and reviewers
- By making clear that the best modern self-published books meet the quality standards expected from the best trade-published work
T J Cooke's detailed analysis indicates how helpful the book can be to authors:
“Change is happening at a break-neck speed, and what ‘Opening Up To Indie Authors’ does is encourage the industry to keep pace. There are quite a few guides available now on the actual process of publishing your novel, but this takes a look at the other side of the coin. How do you go about getting your book in your local library or bookstore? How do you get reviews in magazines and papers? How do you get to be included in literary events or become eligible for literary prizes? This guide addresses those issues and will help you open doors.”
We want the book to continue gaining visibility before the rest of the publishing industry, so it can encourage others to recognise and value indie authors everywhere.
So, if you have already read OUTIA, please do try to spare a moment to post a brief review on Amazon, Goodreads or any other review platform of your choice.
If you haven't read it, please do! You can find the book on Amazon,Kobo, Smashwords and even via our Self Publishing Advice Shop . If you'd like to read a little more, we've put together a special OUTIA preview, with plenty of information and a sample excerpt for you if you'd like to find out more.
And finally, if you're looking for the paperback, it'll be available to purchase by the end of the summer via all the usual book retailers.