creative self-publishing roundup: 2019 week 21

This week, among other things, ALLi Advice Centre Watchdog John Doppler explores, What’s the Best Way to Distribute Self-published Books – Direct or via an Aggregator?

Other Self-Publishing Advice

Award-winning historical novelist Margaret Skea shares her surprising top tip for self-editing in How to Improve Your Manuscript by Editing Backwards.

In Best Marketing Strategies for a Long-Tail Book Promotion, non-fiction writer/editor turned historical novelist, Amy Maroney asked veteran indie authors for advice on successful book promotions that bring a more lasting effect and shares a summary of her findings.

In this month’s AskALLi Members’ Q&A, Michael La Ronn and Dan Blank ask, What is Your 2019 Self-Publishing Goal?

Topics discussed include:

  • What’s the recommended word length for a book description?
  • How does Google Play price discounting work and how should I price my book?
  • How do I transfer the copyright of my books from me to my brand new LLC/Corporation/Company?

In this week’s self-publishing success story, artist and indie author of the satirical comedy series Diary of a Stressed Out Mother, Nicola Kelsall shares her experience of speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the UK’s biggest, highest profile and longest-established litfest, in the company of bestselling trade-published authors and A-list celebrities.

In Why I’m Dreaming of Becoming a Mid-List Author, indie author Kassandra Lamb explains why she’s happy to aim at mid-list success.

And finally, as always, we come to Dan Holloway’s regular indie author news round-up. This week, is poetry the next big thing?; what is publishing?; diminishing or increasing returns for writers?; blockchain and personalisation; and is the Open Library still a library?

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