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How to Reach New Readers with Anthologies

Anthologies, which bundles work by many authors into a single volume, can provide a great showcase from which indie authors may reach new readers and share their existing fans with fellow writers. Alaskan author Deb Vanasse describes how she created a mixed genre sampler with her state as the unifying theme. Author David Marusek and I […]

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10 Top Tips on How to Write the Best Book Blurb

Writing the blurb for your self-published book is one of the privileges of being an indie author. However, this task typically comes just when you’re at your least able: exhausted from completing your final draft and too close to the manuscript to be objective. Coming to their rescue here is ALLi Partner Member Ben Cameron […]

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Frankfurt for Indies: An Abundance of Abundance

We’re back and pretty much unpacked from Frankfurt, a maze of exhibitors and a haze of publishing professionals and business cards. For the traditional publishing world, the fair is perhaps the most traditional of all. Compared to London and even BEA, Frankfurt is old world publishing: a mecca for big deals and bigger expense accounts. […]

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Opinion: I Believe in Self-publishing Karma

ALLi’s advice blog editor Debbie Young pays tribute to the mutually supportive nature of the self-publishing sector. In the decade that I spent working for various public relations consultancies, I was privileged to gain insights into many different industries and services across the public and private sector. It came as a blessed relief to go […]

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Publishing: 5 Top Tips for Formatting Ebooks

To help you format your own ebooks and to deal more effectively with formatting service providers, professional book designer and indie publisher Derek Murphy kindly shares his top 5 tips for formatting self-published ebooks. Ebook publishing is the magic wand that has given indie authors the ability to grow their platform quickly by pricing cheap or […]

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Writing: Should You Do NaNoWriMo?

As November approaches, so does NaNoWriMo – short for National Novel Writing Month. As aspiring novelists everywhere – and many established ones – consider whether the potential reward is worth the effort, best-selling indie author Glynis Smy explains why she thinks it is, drawing on her own results: not just a novel, but long-term publishing […]

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Frankfurt (and Film Rights) here we come…

In a few short days, some of the Alliance of Independent Authors Team will be making their various ways to Frankfurt Book Fair, ALLi’s first time there. We’ll be taking part in events, meeting up with other author-publishers, scoping out new opportunities for our members and introducing lots of new potential partners to our Self-Publishing […]

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