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Alliance of Independent Authors Blog Roundup 2020 Week 18
Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Creative Self-Publishing: Latest News and Advice | 2019 Week 10

This week, among other things, ALLi is excited to reveal a whole host of reasons for indie authors to embrace London Book Fair, with this preview of events of special interest to self-publishing authors. Self-Publishing Advice Open University Creative Writing tutor and author Louise Tondeur offer top tips to help you manage and expand your writing time in How to Find More Time to Write. In An Easier Way to Upload Book Metadata to Distribution Platforms, Jo Van Every shares her top tips for completing metadata on distribution platforms – and kindly shares her metadata template. Bestselling crime writer JJ Marsh, based in…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Creative Self-Publishing: Latest News and Advice | 2019 Week 9

This week, among other things, ALLi Advice Centre Manager Debbie Young interviews Hannah Lynn, Winner of the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award. Are you attending the 2019 London Book Fair – the most indie friendly of all the book fairs? If you’re going to be anywhere near London on March 12, 13, & 14, 2019, do join us, at Stand 1F46 in Writer’s Block near the AUTHOR HQ at the Olympia London Exhibition & Showcase, Kensington. ALLi launched at the London Book Fair seven years ago and it has always been the international book fair that is most supportive of independent authors. There is…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Self-Publishing News and Advice: 2019 Week 8: eBook Discovery Sites

This week, among other things, ALLi Watchdog John Doppler discusses eBook discovery sites and asks, ‘Are Online Catalogs Worth the Money?’ Our February AskALLi Member’s Q&A Podcast is now available here. Questions from our members that Michael La Ronn and I answered this month included: How can I vet a contract? What raises alarm bells? Is there any advantage in going 50/50 with a publisher? How do I sell publishing rights? How do I negotiate? What steps do I take to publish in KDP? How can ALLi help me market my book? Can I publish a biography when the family…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Creative Self-Publishing: Latest News and Advice: Self-Publishing Services Directory

This week, we’re delighted to bring you the 2019 edition of ALLi’s Self-Publishing Services Directory, our showcase of ALLi Partner Members’ approved author services. Our Watchdog Desk, headed by John Doppler, vets all services to ensure they comply with ALLi standards of ethics and excellence (see our Code of Standards for Authors and Partners here). The Directory also features relevant articles from ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center, offering authors advice on how to assemble the perfect team of professionals to create great books and author businesses.   Other Self-Publishing Advice Jim Giammatteo, indie author of over 70 books, puts spellcheckers and…

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Creative Publishing

This Month’s AskALLi Beginners’ Self-Publishing Salon: How To Self-Edit A Book

I do a weekly podcast over at the Alliance of Independent Authors, offering self-publishing advice at various levels. This month it was the AskALLi Beginners Self-Publishing Salon where I chatted with Tim Lewis about how to self-edit a book. Every author needs to self-edit before submission but when you’re self-publishing, there are particular things you need to think about. In this month’s AskALLi Beginners Self-Publishing Salon, Tim Lewis and I ranged widely around the topic. Our discussion included: The importance of taking a big view and noting what’s positive in your manuscript as well as what you’d like to improve. The…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Self-Publishing News and Advice: 2019 Week 6: Book Cover Design

This week, among other things, Debbie Young shares ALLi authors’ eight pet hates about book cover design.   Other Self-Publishing Advice In Why I Moved from Word to Scrivener, Indie author Alison Clifford shares her experience and explains why she’s a convert to Scrivener. ALLi’s 3 Guiding Principles for Selling Rights contains helpful advice if you’re interested in selling your book rights to explore opportunities for other formats, such as translation, TV and film. In this month’s Advanced Self-Publishing Salon from the Alliance of Independent Authors, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn ask, What do Author Income Surveys Mean for Indies? Topics discussed include:…

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Doing Creative Business The Creative Way: Tools for Creative Entrepreneurs

I offer a variety of tools and learning resources for those who want to do creative business the creative way. Creative Business The Creative Way: Go Creative! Workshops These workshops are for creativepreneurs (people who run passion, mission and purpose centered businesses or non-profits). The workshops take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month online at 7pm London time (Facebook Live Video) but the advice is timeless and you can catch up with the replays anytime. Conventional business advice often feels too mechanical and one-dimensional for creatives. Based on the principles and practices outlined in the Go Creative! in Business books, these monthly…

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Creative Publishing: Book Marketing, Creative Business

Every Business Is Now A Publishing Business: How To Use Attract and Subscribe (ACCESS) Marketing in Your Creative Business

The most successful form of marketing for creativepreneurs is what I call Attract and Subscribe (ACCESS) Marketing. Which means that whatever kind of creative entrepreneur you are–actor or activist, healer or educator, designer or diva–you also need to be a “publisher” these days. I’m using the word “publishing” here in the oldest sense of the word: to make public. We need to reclaim that wider meaning of the word. For creativepreneurs, publishing isn’t something that happens in bookish Manhattan and London. We need to understand the power of our publications (text, video and audio) to spread our message, attract our community and…

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Creative Publishing: Alliance of Independent Authors

September’s Advanced Self-Publishing Salon for the Alliance of Independent Authors

In this month’s Advanced Self-Publishing Salon for the Alliance of Independent Authors, Joanna and I did a news overview show, discussing the latest news in author-publishing, including the latest publishing trends and opportunities. Topics discussed this week included: ALLi is getting ready for Digital Book World and our online Self-Publishing Advice Conference. Self-Publishing 3.0 campaign. Joanna is finishing Valley of Dry Bones. What’s it like to co-write with your mom? I’m getting ready to launch two very different books: A poetry collection “Keepers” and the first book in the GoCreative! series, which is all about fostering creative flow. We talked about…

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Creative Publishing: Cover Reveals

Week 36: The Go Creative! Books Cover Reveal. What Are You Creating in Your Creative Business This Week?

What are you creating in your business this week? I’m delighted to be able to bring you today the Go Creative! books cover reveal, as the project builds towards launch. What about you? What are you creating in your creative business this week? Come across to our closed Facebook group where we set our intentions for the week. Go Creative! Books Cover Reveal The series kicks off with the launch of Book One at Digital Book World in October and, after many changes and iterations, the covers are finally finalized. I wanted the series to be a riot of color, redolent of nature,…

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