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Writing: Front and Back Matter for your Self-Published Book

Book promotion expert Ben Cameron always says “writing the blurb is the hardest 100 words you’ll ever write”, and many authors are also stumped when it comes to writing the front and back matter – another task that usually falls just when you’re feeling least like writing another word, after completing your book’s final edit. […]

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Opinion: Now Is The Worst Time To Be An Author?

“Authors’ incomes Are ‘At Breaking Point’!” [The BBC] “Publishing Is Broken, We’re Drowning In Indie Books!” [Forbes] And the most recent contribution: “There has never been a worse time to be an author”. [The Bookseller] This latest is from an opinion column by the anonymous London literary agent  “Agent Orange”. As it happens, I read this piece the […]

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Book Marketing: How to Sign a Book

So, you’ve self-published a book, organised a launch event and done everything on your list to prepare for the big day: sent invitations, delivered the books to the venue, assembled any props that you need, bought refreshments, planned your talk. At last you’ll be getting to do what so many aspiring authors dream of from the […]

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Alliance of Independent Authors Members’ Showcase #118

Every Saturday ALLi will tell the world about our members’ latest book launches, news, awards, freebies, workshops and updates on the writing life and take a look at the projects and businesses of our partner members. E-BOOK and PRINT RELEASES Joan Fallon Santiago Tales General readership; ebook and print Santiago Tales is a novel inspired […]

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This Week’s Self-publishing News

Valerie Shanley brings you the latest indie author news from ALLi’s partners and friends. Apple Has a Bite of the iBook Production Pie Apple has released a basic how-to guide with its new iBooks Author Starter Kit.  The DIY kit takes users step-by-step through detailed activities with all of the necessary materials including author templates to create a basic, […]

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Opinion: Promote Your Self-Published Books Your Way

In this week’s Bookseller magazine, the trade paper of the British publishing industry, Sarah Shaffi writes: “Authors should feel comfortable with any digital activity they are asked to undertake, using tweeting, blogging, and other online platforms to build an audience, rather than explicitly becoming a tool to sell books.” While her article focuses on the […]

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