How to write creatively

What Is Creative Writing?

A number of ALLi advisors and members, including Joanna Penn, Alison Baverstock, and Jane Dixon-Smith are making  their way to Manchester in August, to  take part in The Guardian Masterclass in Self-publishing  (August 4th). I’m going to be talking about Writing Creative Fiction and Nonfiction. The title of that workshop always leads somebody to ask first, what is […]

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Alliance of Independent Authors Member News. Bulletin #27

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. Kathryn Guare Author Kathryn Guare is making digital copies of her novel Deceptive Cadence: The Virtuosic Spy available to bloggers and reviewers. All interested should message her […]

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self-publishing author and campaigner David Gaughran

How To Sell More Books: Take Two

ALLi is hosting David Gaughran again tomorrow, Tuesday 9th July  (4:00pm – 5:00pm EDT; 9pm – 10pm GMT), to reprise our advice Q&A. If you registered  last time, you don’t need to do anything, you’ll get an email reminder from Shindig tomorrow. If it’s all new to you: David is the bestselling author of Let’s Get […]

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Insider’s Guide To Self-Publishing With Lightning Source.

David Taylor, President of Lightning Source (LSI) UK, spoke to ALLi member, JJMarsh, recently about how LSI works with indie authors, the lowdown on Ingram Spark and what it all means for the future of self-publishing. Ingram took great care when developing our Lightning Source business. Our operation has been completely scalable from the very beginning. We […]

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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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