It’s All About the Writing! How a Lifelong Writer Found Fulfilment in Self-publishing

For those who were early adopters of self-publishing in its modern form and are now seasoned professionals, it’s easy to forget what a revelation it is to authors who are new to the process. For Writers’ Wednesday, Anita Dawes, who recently became an indie author, shares her delight at discovering what self-publishing can bring to […]

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Opinion: Are New Self-Publishing Platforms Killing the Editing Process?

Are traditional editing services an endangered species, or do we bypass them at our peril? Indie author Yen Ooi debates whether modern self-publishing platforms killing the editing process or are encouraging writers to be better editors. Type Here. Click Publish. Share Link. What’s next? How about self-publishing your book chapter-by-chapter, or even as you write? […]

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Alliance of Independent Authors Members’ Showcase. Bulletin #104

Every Saturday 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 Ellie Stevenson Shadows of the Lost Child Audience: Anyone interested in reading a (free, signed) copy and print […]

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Is Crowdfunding Publishing’s New Gatekeeper?

Just when we thought we had kicked the gatekeepers of the traditional publishing industry into touch, along comes another challenge: crowdfunding. American fantasy novelist Samantha Warren predicts that crowdfunders will become the new gatekeepers for indie authors who want to self-publish their books, putting the power in the hands of readers rather than executives. But […]

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Writing Magical Realism

Freedom to write in the genre of your choice, and to swap and to blend genres, is one of the many advantages of being an indie author. You can write what you want to write, and worry about the genre later – and even invent one of your own, if your work doesn’t neatly fit […]

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ALLi Insights: VAT MOSS with Orna Ross, Henry Hyde & Juliet McKenna Video & Podcast

During this month’s ALLi Insights, Orna Ross unraveled the confusion around #VATMOSS with essential insights from Henry Hyde and Juliet McKenna. You’d be forgiven for thinking this EU VAT discussion is a dry topic and one that couldn’t hold your attention for very long. But this trio did an amazing job of disproving my assumption. I was […]

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Opinion: Book Reviewing Begins at Home

Debbie Young, Commissioning Editor of this blog, shares her heartfelt views about book reviewing, and explains why she’s changing her strategy. Around the turn of the New Year, I had a revelation: that, like charity, book reviewing should really begin at home. I don’t mean review your own books – although, startlingly, I’ve just come […]

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