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Highlights from the Alliance of Independent Authors’s Self publishing Advice Blog

With a slight change to the format, this week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, we bring you the highlights of the last seven days. Our news editor Dan Holloway brings us the latest indie news, including a new self-publishing prize, where ebook sales are on the rise, the latest announcement from Audiobook Creation Exchange, where Amazon Kindle Unlimited loopholes and the hot topic from Book Expo. Sarah Banham presents a case study on How to be a Writer in Residence – And Why It’s Worthwhile. This interesting article explains what a Writer in Residence is and how it could be beneficial to…

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Creative Publishing: Indie Author Fringe

Indie Author Fringe Online Conference Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the culmination of months of hard work with Jay Artale and David Penny on Indie Author Fringe. This is a free, online conference for authors, bringing together the best information available today about book marketing and promotion in a digital world. At ALLi, we offer this conference three times a year, focussing on different aspects of the books business, and fringe to the major book fairs: London, Frankfurt and Book Expo (BEA). We were stunned to learn earlier this year that Book Expo, the largest book event in the US, had axed its self-publishing wing and that there…

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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Tree Knot

Sometimes a / knot grows so big it’s all / you can see Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing For Orna Ross. 1: Getting Started

When it comes to marketing and promoting my books I’ve been letting myself down. I know what I should be doing, to get more reviews, put my books into promotions and let readers know they exist. But while I love the creative side of marketing – design, blogging, emailing readers – I’m not so good on the promotional end (especially anything that involves the d-d-d-dreaded D word: data. Yet I know analytics and algorithm is what is firing big book sales today. Where there’s a skill or interest gap, the savvy indie author hires. So that’s what I’ve done. Enter…

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Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: May 30 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway reminds us of the imminent arrival of our next Author Fringe event. Dan also mentions an indie success story, updates you on Scribd’s latest offering, and reminds you that the Peters Fraser Dunlop Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award deadline is fast approaching. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Living: Monday Motivator

Your Monday Motivator: What Are You Creating This Week?

This week’s Monday Motivator is coming to you a day late because of the UK and US’s holiday weekend. If you were lucky enough to have some time off, I hope you thoroughly enjoyed it! So what are you creating this week? Creative writing wise, I’m working on a book and workbook for writers, How Authors Create Money and Meaning. One chapter from that book is called “Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul” and I’m also creating an audio presentation based on it, for Indie Author Fringe on Saturday. The Fringe is my big Creative Publishing task this week. With Jay Artale and…

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Your website is how clients, customers, managers, agents, publishers, journalists, bloggers and podcasters find out about you and decide if you’re a fit for them It’s where you connect with friends, fans and followers, show them what you do, who you are and how to connect with you. And only here can you build an email list of like-minded people who love what you do. It’s the heart and soul of your creative endeavors. But most creatives and creativists are building their sites on free platforms. NOT the best option, people.  In this post, I talk about why having your own…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Wedding Day Cast-Offs

Baubles and / hearts stacked to one side. Wedding / Day’s over. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time,…

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Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: May 23 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway announces his surprise Oxford University Humanities Innovation Challenge win. Dan also mentions two big pieces of Amazon news, more publishing news from Kobo and Qidan, a blog you should be following, and some creative inspiration from artificial intelligence. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Living: Monday Motivator

Your Monday Motivator: Creativist Club Special Launch Offer

What are you creating this week? For me, the Creativist Club is still taking lots of attention, as our first members find their way around. If you’d like to join, we’re now ready to take you. Better than that, I’m delighted to announce a special launch day offer for my reader members and subscribers only. If you join today or tomorrow, 22nd or 23rd of May, at Vision level (a Seven-week program, cost £49) you will get an upgrade to Making Level, a 21-week program, which has a value of £99. You can find out more about the club levels…

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