Latest News and Resources from ALLi - Week 32 2020

In this week’s highlights: Reboot Your Brand; Howard Lovy interviews Dean Blake, who has turned Instagram fame into an indie author career…and, as ever, Dan Holloway has all the latest self-publishing news from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) blog roundup 2020 Week 25.

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Self-Publishing Advice Roundup:

  • It’s widely accepted that vanity publishing is bad for authors. But what, exactly, is “vanity publishing”? Where do we draw the line between a reputable publisher and a vanity press? John Doppler asks, What Is Vanity Publishing?
  • In this month’s #AskALLi Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast, Joanna and I share what we’ve been doing to reboot our author brands, and invite you to reflect and reassess too in the light of our insights.
  • This week’s Inspirational Indie Authors podcast sees Howard Lovy interviewing Dean Blake, who has turned Instagram fame into an indie author career. What began as simple drawings that poke fun of ridiculous life situations went viral on social media and have struck a chord, especially in these times, when we can all use a good laugh.
  • When you start writing, your only concern is getting to the end of your manuscript. Even publishing is a distant concept. But eventually, if you stick at this long enough, the world of rights, translations and selective licensing opens up. The Alliance of Independent Authors’  ran a six-month rights program, its aim was to open up the rights industry to indie authors. This is a write up of everything learned during those six months. This is the ultimate guide to selling book rights for indie authors.
  • On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) we asked questions about writing books by Hand vs Dictation vs Typing with Debbie Young.
  • And finally, in Dan Holloway’s regular indie author news round-up this week, he’s running a special news piece on Responses to Racism and Black Lives Matter.

Lots to learn and ponder, as ever.

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Orna Ross
Author: Orna Ross

Orna Ross is an award-winning novelist and poet, advocate for self-publishing and, as Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, "one of the 100 most influential people in publishing" (The Bookseller).