How I Earn A Living As An Indie Author: I Do It My Way

In a presentation hailed as “inspirational” at a recent  Edinburgh publishing conference, self-published writer Linda Gillard described how going indie brought her commercial success. Below she shares the key points of her speech and her conclusions from attending the conference. There’s no doubt about it – the publishing world is gradually opening up to indies. […]

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Cover of The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathan Fairfax by Christopher Shevlin

How My Indie Book Came Back From The Dead

Indie author Christopher Shevlin gives an inspiring account of how he reversed falling sales of his self-published novel and turned it into an Amazon bestseller. At midnight on Wednesday, March 13th, I solemnly pronounced my book dead. No vital signs had been detected in ten days. That’s a long time to go without selling a […]

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Front cover of Disposable People by Ezekel Alan

How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Ezekel Alan.

“My novel Disposable People became the first self-published book to win a major prize.” Jamaican indie author Ezekel Alan shares the story of his groundbreaking achievement. What’s the secret of your success? I wouldn’t as yet consider myself successful, but I hope I am getting there. Winning the Commonwealth Book Prize Regional Award gave my […]

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The author Raymond Bean

Writing for Reluctant Readers

Children’s author Raymond Bean describes how he discovered and researched the perfect subject for books to engage reluctant young readers. No publisher was interested so he self-published, resulting in a series of best-selling books now being translated and sold around the world. I’ve taught elementary school for fifteen years. There are many challenges when you teach […]

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Alliance of Independent Authors Member News. Bulletin #25

Every Wednesday ALLi will tell the world about our members’ latest book launches, news, awards, freebies, workshops and updates on the writing life — our #WriterWednesday (#WW) update. Partner Member -Compulsion Reads Compulsion Reads Celebrates It’s One-Year Anniversary Compulsion Reads, a book evaluation and endorsement company, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. The company […]

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Maia Sepp, Canadian author

Why This Indie Author Won’t Be Joining the Writers’ Union of Canada

Canadian novelist Maia Sepp takes the Writer’s Union of Canada to task over its attitude to independent authors. I’m disappointed in the Writer’s Union of Canada’s membership committee’s recent announcement of their decision to (potentially) include indie writers. Instead of innovating with an eye to the future, the union chose to adopt a two-tiered membership […]

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