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The historical novelist Helen Hollick

Publishing: New Award for Indie Authors from HNS

The distinguished historical novelist Helen Hollick who is both self-published and trade-published, announces a new award especially for indie authors of historical novels from the Historical Novel Society. This excellent innovation chimes with ALLi’s #publishingopenup campaign. I am delighted to announce the Historical Novel Society Annual Indie Award. As Managing Editor for HNS Indie Reviews […]

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Writing: How to Self-Edit Your Novel

Professional editor Jessica Bell, an Australian author and poet living in Athens, Greece, shares her top tips for polishing your fiction writing. Her advice will help you make your book the best it can be, prior to publication. This post complements Derek Murphy’s recent article about employing editors. Ugh. It’s time to edit your novel. What […]

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Alliance of Independent Authors Members’ Showcase. Bulletin #72

Every Wednesday 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. Debbie Young “Very subtle, very English, very clever” – that’s novelist Marius Gabriel’s summary of Debbie Young’s new collection […]

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Clare Weiner

Opinion: Friends, Glazed Eyes & Five Stars: An Indie Author’s Take on Book Reviews

In the run-up to the publication of her second novel The Labyrinth Year, the sequel to Baby, Baby, British indie author Claire Weiner (who writes as Mari Howard) considers the process of soliciting and receiving book reviews, and debates whether all five-star reviews on Amazon should be taken seriously. You know that feeling – inspiration […]

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Publishing: How to Find a Cover Illustrator

British self-published author James Minter, who now writes from his new home in France, offers advice on how to find a cover illustrator, using experience gained from sourcing covers for his comic novels. No one doubts the importance of eye-catching covers for both print and ebooks. We are visual creatures. We are drawn to shapes […]

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Writing: Do Novice Authors Really Need an Editor?

Having your book professionally edited is one of the most recommended, yet least understood, most ambiguous, and cost-prohibitive, steps in publishing your book. If you’re new to self-publishing, how should you choose an editor? How much should indie authors pay? Do you even need an editor? Derek Murphy, drawing on his experience as the founder […]

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Opinion: Australia Must Open Up To Indie Authors

Australian indie author Rebecca Lang, who writes as R R Lang, shares her disappointment at the Sydney Writers’ Festival dismissive attitude towards self-publishing. The Sydney Writers’ Festival recently transformed the Australian harbour city into a hive of all things literature and publishing with a week of talks, panels, workshops and book launches. The annual event […]

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