This week’s highlights: I talk about why author income should be a measure of publishing success; Howard Lovy revisits the topic of ageism and, as ever, Dan Holloway has all the latest self-publishing news from the Alliance of Independent Authors blog roundup 2019 Week 31.
But, before all that:
75% Discount off Tickets to Digital Book World 2019!
ALLI will be attending DBW again this year. DBW promises “Thought leadership, best practices, and the gathering of community across the wide world of publishing”. The conference is jam-packed with speakers, workshops, and fireside chats to inform, inspire, and illuminate the way forward in the publishing industry, including author-publishing and other kinds of micro-publishers.
This is not an author conference, per se, but an industry gathering that will be of interest to those ALLi members keen to keep their finger on the pulse of what’s changing and coming in the publishing industry.
If you’re inspired by the big picture this is the conference for you.
I’ll be helping to kick off DBW2019 with a pre-conference workshop on book marketing for authors and indie publishers on Monday, September 9th. You’ll also find sessions on:
- podcasting as marketing
- literacy, digital publishing, and minority languages
- what’s next in audiobook production
- what drives valuations of the modern publisher
- bringing digital tools into storytelling for children
- connecting interactivity to narrative
- data-driven marketing
- trends driving innovation
Understanding that industry prices are a stretch for authors, our friends at DBW have offered ALLi members a limited number of deeply discounted tickets for those who want to attend DBW2019 (September 10 – 12, 2019). To be precise: 75% off.
Which we think is pretty excellent.
Use the discount code ALLIDBW2019 at checkout and join me, ALLi Communications Manager Boni Wagner-Stafford, and lots of other ALLis and friends in Nashville, Tennessee.
Self-Publishing Advice Roundup:
- In Encore Month: An Easier Way to Upload Book Metadata to Distribution Platforms, Jo Van Every explains how to upload book metadata like a professional.
- David Penny makes a plea for indie authors to put readers first, to make the best use of marketing time and resources, and to free up more time for writing.
- When stories surface about authors defrauded by unscrupulous vanity presses, sometimes for tens of thousands of dollars, the reaction is sometimes unsympathetic. In this post, John Doppler explains the five reasons authors fall for vanity presses.
- In Encore Opinion: Why I’m Dreaming of Becoming a Mid-List Author, retired psychotherapist/college professor Kassandra Lamb, now an indie author of mystery novels, explains why she’s happy to set her sights on a lesser but more realistic goal: to be a successful mid-list author, in a discussion of the nature of success and the pressures of a competitive culture.
- This week’s Encore Presentation sees Howard Lovy revisiting the topic of ageism and talking to mature authors, Claire Baldry and Maggie Christensen.
- I expand on a statement I made in a previous AskALLi Advanced Salon: that indie author income should be a measure of self- publishing success. I respond to comments for and against that motion, and explain the background to my thinking about author income. Where do you stand on this issue? Read the post then join the encore debate via the comments box!
- And finally, in Dan Holloway’s regular indie author news round-up this week, he’s looking at publishers and libraries continue to face off; green books; markets in Africa; and Amazon’s big deal.
Lots to learn and ponder, as ever.
Each Wednesday I bring you this round up from the self-publishing advice blog, run by the Alliance of Independent Authors, the non-profit association for self-publishing authors. We offer many benefits to indie authors.