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: October 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.
Is there an advantage to using both Create Space and IngramSpark, and why, does one offer something the other one doesn’t?
Should you purchase your own ISBN numbers, even if the first book is an e-book?
And if someone submits a PDF to Ingram, do they generate an ePub, should you use IngramSpark for e-books?
I’m finding it hard to get any writing done with so many tasks. Any tips for that?
I write music based fiction or many books in my series follows series or songwriters and includes lyrics I’ve written. I want to bring other named titles and songwriters/singers into this story line. Is it legal to do this?
I’ve bitten a bullet, commissioned an audio version of my first book. What advice do you have about going wide or exclusive with Audible bearing in mind different royalty rates and contract terms?
How long before you publish should you start your marketing plan?
I don’t have time to write and schedule my own Facebook ads, can you recommend someone to do this for me?
What is your advice to a first time author with one book hitting the market in the next few months, does KDP Select make sense as a strategy or does that set up KU reader expectation that your remaining books will be free?
What is the best way to make a review e-book copy of your book from a word document?
What are some of the innovative ways Indie authors of YA are attracting young readers? Are those authors also targeting adults and if so what is the strategy?
I have an edited manuscript, I plan to self-publish, what is the next step to get me from computer to bookstore?
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.
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