The self-published author Amira Makansi

A Self-Published Author’s Rebuttal to Jonathan Franzen

Indie author Amira Makansi responds to Jonathan Franzen’s recent controversial dismissal of self-publishing and finds that he has more in common than he might realise with the self-publishers that he decries.  Nobody in the publishing world was surprised when Jonathan Franzen came out two weeks ago with an essay decrying the advent of self-publishing, the […]

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PaTrisha-Anne Todd

Open Up to Indie Authors Campaign Seeks Volunteers

You’ve heard of “Name and Shame”?  Our Open Up To Indie Authors campaign is all about “Name and Gain”. We believe the entire publishing industry gains when author-publishers are accepted as an intrinsic part of the business. That means good author-published books get sold in bookstores, are eligible for competitions and prizes, can be found […]

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Barbara Freethy, the best-selling self-published novelist

How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Barbara Freethy

“The best thing you can do for yourself and your growing fan base is to write the next book,” advises the self-published prolific novelist Barbara Freethy, an established New York Times #1 best-selling author with 35 novels to her name. What’s the secret of your success? Focus! I know that’s an intangible answer, but it’s […]

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How Indie Authors Can Remain Resilient: Know Which Critics To Listen To and Which To Ignore

 Before you react to a disappointing review, consider who sent it – “the peanut gallery” or your peers? ALLi’s Creative Advisor Mark McGuinness offers valuable advice on how self-published authors can remain resilient in the face of adverse criticism. Leonard Cohen is not your typical rock star. Not only does he write slow, melancholic, poetic […]

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