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Book Marketing: Why Self-Published Authors Should Enter Competitions

Heather Painter, author of literary short stories and poems, considers writing competition options for indie authors, and draws attention to one with an imminent deadline that she set up specifically to recognise self-published books – the International Rubery Book Award. Some years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Booker Prize dinner. […]

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Raise the Profile of your Self-published Books with IndieReCon’s Great Competitions

With IndieReCon fast approaching, here’s a timely reminder about three great opportunities this fabulous free online conference offers to help you spread the word about your books: two contests and one massive giveaway. The Grand Prize Giveaway will function like a catalogue of great indie books, while the Cover and Book Description Contests will allow you […]

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ALLi Watchdog Jim needs your help

Orna Ross Writes: Normally our news posts are about services or events that help you. This week, we’re calling on your help for an outstanding contributor to the indie author movement. I’ve never met Jim Giammatteo in person (except on Skype) but through the wonders of the Internet, I’ve had the pleasure of working with […]

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Writing: How to Fend Off Indie Author Burnout

With the heady empowerment of being one’s own publisher comes a potentially crippling burden of all those essential tasks that surround the core task of actually writing. The combined but essential chores of editing, production, book marketing and financial management can sap the self-published writer’s energy, creativity and enthusiasm. Here are some tips to help you […]

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Ask ALLi Q&A with Joanna Penn & Orna Ross Video and Podcast

Ask ALLi April – Your Self-Publishing Questions answered by Joanna Penn and Orna Ross Each month Joanna and Orna answer Member’s self-publishing questions. As usual the event kicked off with a round-up of activity from both Orna and Joanna. The focus for the Alliance of Independent Authors is of course IndieReCon again (It’s just around the corner!). This is […]

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Book Marketing: How to Set Up Pre-Orders for Paperbacks

Self-published novelist Marisha Pink shares a clever system for setting up a pre-order on Amazon, which she’s used successfully to launch for her latest paperback. How To Offer Your CreateSpace Paperback For Pre-order For years, indie authors have successfully offered their ebooks for pre-order, yet Amazon still remains reluctant to extend this feature to paperbacks published […]

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