ALLi Author Advice Centre
About This Show
Are you new to the world of self-publishing? Or a seasoned indie author who wants the cut through the noise and get the latest and most important self-publishing advice and information? The “Ask ALLi Podcast" comes from The Alliance of Independent Authors, the non-profit association for authors who self-publish, and the most trusted name in self-publishing.
Our podcast is hosted by Orna Ross (Director of ALLi) and Joanna Penn (ALLi’s Author Enterprise Advisor ) and brings you a monthly Member Advice Q&A as well as regular updates from the Indie Author Fringe online conference for authors, and other interviews, advice and education that draw on the expertise of the ALLi team and our extensive network of advisors.
All interviews, advice and recommended services are fully vetted by ALLi’s Watchdog Desk. You can trust us to only bring you the best thoughts, tips, tools and actionable techniques.
For an investment of just one hour a week, you can keep completely up to date with this fast-changing industry and its exploding range of opportunities for authors.
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Most Recent Episode
Ask ALLi: How To for Authors Q&A w/ Joanna Penn & Orna Ross: September 2016
Each month, Joanna and Orna answer Members’ self-publishing questions during our regular Ask ALLi event. If you missed our live Q&A session you can watch the video and listen to the podcast here. We’ve also included a summary of the questions that were asked and answered this month.
Q: I’m investing in editors for my first book, do I send to multiple editors one at a time?
Q: What’s the difference between trade paperbacks and mass market paperbacks?
Q: What are the different book cover design considerations when you’re planning an ebook and print book launch?
Q: Are Amazon getting rid of the Table of Contents in their books, and when I upload my book, what should I choose for the DRM (Digital Rights Management) setting?
Q: I’ve been offered a contribution-based publishing contract – what are your thoughts on these types of agreements?
Q: I’m trying to avoid losing money with my book launch, and am considering a Book Launch service to help me learn the process.
Q: How to I go about finding an agent that will represent my subsidiary rights?
Q: At what point does an author’s social media following grow organically?
Q: I have 1 book out / 10 books out. How should I adjust my marketing activity for these two different approaches?
Q: Has ALLi got an insider contact at Amazon, like Andy for Ingram Spark?
Q: Can you upload to KDP and make your book available to pre-order?
Q: I used a free ISBN when I released via Createspace. Can I release via Ingram Spark with a different ISBN? And should I even bother with Ingram Spark?
Q: What are the most important decisions an indie author has to make to transition from writing as a hobby to an authorpreneur?
Our monthly Member Q&A is part of our “Ask ALLi” Campaign: in which ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) commits to answering any question about self-publishing.
Interested in Joining ALLi? Besides being able to submit questions to this monthly Q&A, there are lots of other benefits of being an ALLi Member.