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Opinion: Why Indie Authors Must Meet Professional Production Standards – Including Cream Paper for Fiction!

As self-published authors, we may be thankful for the creative freedom allowed by our independent status – but should we also use that freedom to depart from conventional publishing production standards? Historical novelist Helen Hollick thinks not. A debate about the choice of paper colour triggered this heartfelt plea for conformity. A couple of days ago […]

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Opinion: How Ereaders Help Your Books Reach Unreachable Readers

The high-profile Hachette debate, the sockpuppet saga and many other issues have often caused authors and readers to damn all things Amazonian, including the Kindle. Ereaders as a whole are often criticised as the enemy of books, reading, libraries, culture, civilisation… The more positive take on ereaders is less often told: that those with certain medical […]

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Top Tips on Crowdfunding for Authors

Authorpreneur Ben Galley kicks off his role as ALLi’s new Crowdfunding Advisor with an introduction to the concept of crowdfunding for self-published authors and shares some helpful tips for crowdfunding success. What is Crowdfunding? As the name suggests, crowdfunding is the raising of funds via a individuals and small contributions: a crowd – a community […]

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ALLi’s Self-publishing Watchdog: Bookbaby

As part of our regular monthly self-publishing Watchdog series, our official ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammatteo turns the spotlight on Bookbaby and investigates what this well-known service provider’s recent changes mean to indie authors wishing to use its distribution services. We covered a lot of aggregators in the “Choosing a Self-Publishing Service” book, released earlier this year, […]

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An Animated Approach to Cover Design

Today American screenwriter Tom Rogers shares his experience of developing an appropriate cover for his children’s  novel, Eleven, which is based on the response to the 9/11 disaster of a young boy living in Manhattan, and who happens to turn eleven years that day. Churchill (or Shaw, or Wilde, depending on whom you ask) famously described […]

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