As independent authors, one of the biggest challenges we face is “discoverability.” In the vast ocean of new books being uploaded onto Amazon every day, launching our own may feel a bit like casting a tiny message in a bottle into titanic waves. In order for our readers to find us, we need reviews—a lot of them—and preferably great ones from well-known and respected sources. With this in mind, Kristan Julius, ALLi author member checked out the Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize. This is her review and experience.
You’ve found your way to the very first post by the Alliance of Independent Authors, here on our brand new self-publishing advice blog.
A lot of people ask us why are so many authors going indie and self-publishing these days? The short answer is: because we can.
Self-publication served only a tiny number of writers before digital technology enabled print-on-demand and the direct distribution of ebooks. This technology simultaneously does four things that are very good for writers.
- It gives us a global readership, instead of confining us to specific territories.
- Our books are continually available: there is no such thing as ‘out-of-print’ any more.
- Now that there are a variety of distribution methods, we can choose which ‘middlemen’ – agents, publishers, print facilities, distributors, publicists – we wish to work with. We can take charge of our own book’s destiny.
- It gives our readers a point-of-purchase just at the moment they discover they want our book.
As the creative and financial possibilities of this revolution make themselves felt, the self-publishing option is attracting more and more writers, both those who are having difficulty finding a traditional publisher and those who have previously trade published.
Self-publishing is largely a learning-by-doing activity and we will be bringing you all you need to know about writing, publishing and selling great books.
We have a growing membership of gifted and successful writers and a team of world-class advisors who are happy to share what they know.
And lots of writers who are just taking their first tentative steps along the path too.
The indie author movement is here to stay and we’re very pleased to be enabling writers to work together for each other in this way.
We hope you’ll stay with us so we can learn, grow and succeed together.