What are the Most Time-Consuming Tasks for First-Time Authors? Questions Answered at AskALLi Members’ Q&A

Welcome to AskALLi, the Self-Publishing Advice Podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week it’s our monthly Member Q&A where the most pressing self-publishing questions from ALLi members are analyzed and answered. Join your regular hosts for the Member Q&A: Michael La Ronn and Dan Blank.

Questions this month include

  • When it comes to CreateSpace, can I use my personal name or the name of my business instead?
  • When it comes to including blurbs from other authors on book covers, should I use “Bestselling author of” or “author of?”
  • How do I start landing speaking engagements?
  • What are some tools I can use to give away my book?

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About the Hosts

Michael La Ronn is the author of over 30 books of science fiction & fantasy and authors self-help books. His books include the Galaxy Mavericks series and Modern Necromancy series.

Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia, where he helps writers and artists share their stories and grow their audience. He is the author of the book “Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work and Engaging an Audience.”

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2 Responses to What are the Most Time-Consuming Tasks for First-Time Authors? Questions Answered at AskALLi Members’ Q&A

  1. Annamarie Muirhead July 19, 2018 at 6:01 am #

    It was the first time I listened to that podcast and was surprised to hear Dan Blank on it pleasantly surprised that is. Can’t wait till the next one, but will, no choice. 🙂

  2. Raymond Cook July 18, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

    The most time consuming thing for me is using to fix my grammar, using a beta reader afterwards, polishing the word file, then re-reading the book out loud, and making last minute corrections. It is exhaustive, but necessary, or I will get bad review comments on Amazon that will stay there forever.

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