Frankfurt for Indies: An Abundance of Abundance

We’re back and pretty much unpacked from Frankfurt, a maze of exhibitors and a haze of publishing professionals and business cards. For the traditional publishing world, the fair is perhaps the most traditional of all. Compared to London and even BEA, Frankfurt is old world publishing: a mecca for big deals and bigger expense accounts. […]

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Opinion: I Believe in Self-publishing Karma

ALLi’s advice blog editor Debbie Young pays tribute to the mutually supportive nature of the self-publishing sector. In the decade that I spent working for various public relations consultancies, I was privileged to gain insights into many different industries and services across the public and private sector. It came as a blessed relief to go […]

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Writing: Should You Do NaNoWriMo?

As November approaches, so does NaNoWriMo – short for National Novel Writing Month. As aspiring novelists everywhere – and many established ones – consider whether the potential reward is worth the effort, best-selling indie author Glynis Smy explains why she thinks it is, drawing on her own results: not just a novel, but long-term publishing […]

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Frankfurt (and Film Rights) here we come…

In a few short days, some of the Alliance of Independent Authors Team will be making their various ways to Frankfurt Book Fair, ALLi’s first time there. We’ll be taking part in events, meeting up with other author-publishers, scoping out new opportunities for our members and introducing lots of new potential partners to our Self-Publishing […]

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Opinion: Why I Like the Term Author-Publisher by Orna Ross

Orna Ross, founder and director of ALLi, explains why she prefers the new term author-publisher to the outmoded but still much-used self-publisher. At ALLi, independent authors come in many guises but are united by a mindset: we see ourselves as the creative directors of our books, from inspiration to publication. Unlike the kind of authors who […]

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

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. I have done a few posts on printing for the self-published […]

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Writing: 4 Top Tips for Editing & Proofreading

When one of our author members asked on the ALLi Facebook forum for a straw poll of who pays both editors and proofreaders to perfect their manuscript, a lively discussion followed, sharing best practice and top tips useful to indie authors everywhere. Here’s a summary to help you make YOUR self-published book the best it can […]

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