The end of the year is approaching, and if you’ve been stuck around the Alliance of Independent Authors blog for any length of time, you’ll know we’ve been wanting to round up the best posts of the year. Today, we bring you a short report on the “ultimate guide” publications we gave you in 2021. It’s time to review your business plans, examine your tools and think about 2022. Here are the best definitive guides for freelance writers from 2021.
Problems and job opportunities
While the goal of many freelance writers is true independence, many of us today still rely heavily on one particular store: Amazon. Which is why when you receive a threat from them, such as closing your publishing account, closing your affiliate account, or withdrawing your book unless you can prove you own the rights, it’s scary. In this post, we look at what you should do if Amazon asks you to prove your copyright. Read more here.
Definitive Guides About: Book Rights
Many authors dream of signing a contract with a publisher and seeing their work on the shelf of their favorite bookstore. But what happens after publication when your “season” is over, the book isn’t selling the way you want it to and you’re not making the money you want? Sure, you can ask your publisher to promote your books, but for most authors, it’s up to you to do the majority of the promotion. With the advice of ALLi member Caitlin Duncan and ALLi consultant and literary agent Ethan Ellenberg, this article details recourses.
The moment you receive an email from a publisher or licensor promoting you for a potential rights deal, is an exciting one. While there are also a lot of scammers in the world, there are also many genuine publishers and licensors who would really like to partner with you. But how do you know if it is authentic and what to do if it is? We look at what you should do when an outside publisher contacts you in this post.
The author’s independent mindset
In the vast majority of industries, especially the creative industries, much of our success comes from mindset and determination. This year we’ve covered one mentality-related topic in particular: comfort. WDive into what the rest is, why you might need multiple types of it, and why it’s important to maintaining peak performance. Read more here.
Finally, we ask how you should find comparison authors – people whose work targets the same readers as yours. It’s a great way to learn about the industry and your type, from how it’s written to how it’s sold. That’s what we’re discussing In this article.
Definitive evidence of: Business for freelance authors
As the world of independent publishing evolves, so does the business environment. It was one of the important topics we covered this year What to do if Amazon KDP asks you to prove your copyright A situation that is more common than it should be. It can also be terrifying. In the post we explain some of the ways you can establish your rights.
If you’ve been publishing for a while, you could make some money and possibly be a full-time author. In this post Orna Ross, Director of ALLi explores advanced self-publishing strategies and how to achieve business growth and development – read it here.
The Ultimate Guide to Brexit by Independent Authors
It was Britain’s exit from the European Union On everyone’s lips in the UK for years. Now it’s over, there are traces everywhere, including the authors. Dan Holloway, ALLi News Editor, explains the most important changes affecting independent authors, here.
Ultimate Guides About: Book Distribution
How does library distribution work for independent authors
We all know the value of having our books in a library, that is, we can find more readers and often in a segment of readers that we don’t always have access to. There is also additional income in some areas. But how do you get your books into a library and how does the distribution system work? Discover In our ultimate guide here.
The Freelance Author’s Ultimate Guide to Book Distribution
Writing a book is a big endeavour, but once you’ve edited it, how do you release it to the world? Today’s authors have a huge range of options for selling e-books, print books, and audiobooks. This post outlines a variety of options available to you here.
Are Libraries Worth The Indies?
For many freelance authors, the prospect of showing your book in a traditional bookstore fueled our dreams of writing and our love of reading as children. Most writers will be happy to see their books displayed in library windows, display tables, and shelves. Despite the continued boom of e-books and audiobooks, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, physical libraries remain an important market for readers to discover and purchase books. However, selling books via online bookstores is more challenging for a freelance author. What are those challenges and does the benefit of reaching library clients justify finding a place for libraries in your business plan? This post asks the question: Are libraries worth it for freelance authors? Read all about it here.
Definitive evidence of: Post Topics
How to publish an e-book
Although printed books have always been the backbone of traditional publishing, this is not the case for India. Usually, for freelance authors, the e-book comes first, then the audio and print. But how do you publish an e-book? E-book production specialist Linh Thoi provides a definitive guide in this post here.
Ultimate guides on: tools, technology, and resources
Tools and Technology for 2022
With the dawn of each new year, new habits, hobbies and skills are acquired. Then there are the deals to be had with sales and discounts. Or maybe you are a fan of gadgets and software. When it comes to the latter, there is so much technology and software at the independent author’s disposal, that it can be overwhelming. Fear not, at the beginning of 2021, Tim Lewis, a science fiction and fantasy author, social media specialist and host of ALLi’s weekly #indieAuthorChat on Twitter, has compiled a definitive list of 100 must-have tools for writing, editing, designing, producing, and distributing based on membership usage. You can find the list here.
ALLi Resources for Independent Authors
As the Independent Authors Alliance has grown, so have its resources. Thousands of blog posts, hundreds of podcast episodes, over 20 books, guides, campaign documents, and more. Some of these are members only, and all ALLi members can download all our e-books, in the members area. Others are open to non-members or for sale in the ALLi library. But since there is so much out there, we decided to compile an informative guide on what ALLi can do for you. This is the ultimate guide to ALLi indie author resources read here.