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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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Alliance of Independent Authors Members’ Showcase. Bulletin #86

Every Wednesday 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. AUTHORS Ravinder Randhawa I’d like to submit my YA novel Beauty and the Beast. ‘Problems? Confusions? Contradictions? I got […]

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Will you be joining our ACX party?

It’s final call for our exclusive audiobook event. This is a great opportunity for anyone London way to meet key members of the ALLi, the Amazon Audible/ACX team and even partake in a free drink or two – all whilst discovering how you can utilise audiobooks and create great audiobooks without breaking the bank. Indie […]

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How to Reach More Readers by Harnessing Retailers’ Algorithms

The self-published British sci-fi novelist Simon Denman has drawn on his own experience from launching his bestselling sci-fi novel “Connected” to deduce valuable advice how to harness and benefit from the algorithms used by Amazon and other influential sites to determine your book’s visibility and sales reach. Most authors I know enjoy marketing about as much […]

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Publishing: New HNS Award for Indie Authors

Earlier this month, the prestigious Historical Novel Society awarded its first ever award for self-published novels at its annual conference. Here are brief details of how the award came about, how it operates and who won it, plus some useful links to more detailed posts by ALLi author members who were at the event. The […]

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6 Great Reasons to Enter Writing Competitions

Writing competitions abound, and new ones are announced every day, it seems. Yet entering a writing competition takes time, effort and organisational skills, as well as distracting you from arguably more important things – such as writing and self-publishing your next book! Is it worth it? Debbie Young considers. In a recent straw poll of […]

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