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Opinion: How I Learned to Love the Ebook

“I initially refused to publish ebooks because I thought they were so damned ugly, and I resented my lack of control over what a reader saw,” says prolific US author Michael N Marcus, who has been writing books since 1977 and self-publishing them since 2008. Here he confesses how and why he eventually learned to stop worrying […]

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Indie Authors at BEA 2014

This is a long post because it marks a major milestone for indie authors: gaining a foothold at Book Expo America (BEA), the largest annual book trade fair in the US. The Show ran for three days last week, from Thursday to Saturday, with many ancillary conferences around it: IDPF Digital Book, Book Bloggers Conference […]

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Writing: Choosing Theme and Genre

In a reprise of recent lectures he has given on the subject of Theme and Genre, Irish hybrid author Laurence O’Bryan welcomes the new freedom offered by the indie publishing movement for authors to write what they want to write and what readers truly want to read. Why do some books sell, and others don’t? […]

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Opinion: How and Why This Self-Publishing Author Signed Up with an Agent

On the brink of launching the third in her acclaimed Roma Nova alternate history series, Alison Morton, a self-published English novelist, resident in France, and self-confessed Roman obsessive, explains why she has just signed up with a literary agent, officially transforming her status from self-published to hybrid author. Enter the Hybrid I recently posted on […]

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Do Self-Publishing Authors Earn More?

Here at The Alliance of Independent Authors, we’re trying to get an answer to that question. At the Digital Minds Conference at London Book Fair recently, Jon Fine said that self-published titles now account for the top 30% of books on Amazon. Assuming those authors have self-published directly onto Amazon, and even if they are charging […]

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Reaching Readers with Library Talks

British indie author Julie Day, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, describes how her talk about self-publishing at her neighbourhood library raised awareness and understanding of the indie sector and also gained her on-the-spot book sales, sign-ups for her mailing list and an invitation to return for more. Her post provides a useful template for this kind […]

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Writing: Turning a Blog into a Book with “Indie Authors Naked”

As a fervent blogger with a passion for repurposing blog content, I’m always on the lookout for blogs that have been transformed into coherent stand-alone self-published books. When I discovered “Indie Authors Naked”, a riveting set of interviews with successful indie authors I was keen to interview the author, Loren Kleinman. The book’s launch next week […]

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