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Why Self-publishing Is So Good For Literary Culture

Half or more of the books on Amazon’s daily bestseller lists are now self-published. At The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), we have many members who have sold more than 100,000 books and some who have sold in their millions. Many others are producing work of outstanding literary merit. Corporate publishers and agents now scour self-publishing […]

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Cover of Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

How I Do It: with Joe Simpson

It is a pleasure to put the “How I Do It” spotlight this week on Joe Simpson, the mountaineer whose powerful memoir of surviving a near-fatal accident in the Andes, Touching the Void, shot him to fame. A perfect example of the so-called hybrid author, i.e. simultaneously trade-published and self-published, Joe has asked to preface […]

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Katharine D'Souza

Writing: A Self-Published Author’s Report on the First London Author Fair

Self-published British author Katharine D’Souza’s report about the inaugural London Author Fair includes issues relevant to writers all over the world. The tag line for the first London Author Fair (LAF) on the 28th Feb 2014 was “Writers Unite”, and it was attended by writers of all stripes – some experienced self-publishers like me, some […]

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The author Eliza Green at her desk

Opinion: Why You Should Never Stop Growing As An Author

“I’m not interested in pressing the ‘Publish’ button,” says Irish self-published author Eliza Green, who kindly shares here her brave decision to rewrite her debut sci-fi novel to match the more mature writing style of its sequel. In December 2012, I published Becoming Human, Book 1 in the Exilon 5 Trilogy. A year later, I […]

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Publishing: Why Author Advocacy Works

How effective author advocacy by campaigners David Gaughran and Victoria Strauss have influenced The Bookseller‘s decision to no longer accept advertisements  from Author Solutions – a report by ALLi’s Press and PR Manager Nerys Hudson, from her office in Berlin, Germany. She also shares David Gaughran’s top tips for adding your voice to the continuing […]

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