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The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)



 

I’m afraid, because my website is misbehaving itself, you are unable to see any of the pictures I inserted.

But fear not, because next month I will get my revenge, when I get a brand-new website, courtesy of:

 

https://www.exposureninja.com/

 

The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) is a professional business membership organisation for self-publishing authors.

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A non-profit, they provide trusted advice, supportive guidance, and a range of resources, within a welcoming community of authors and advisors.

 

Meet The ALLi Team

Unfortunately you can’t. But in July you will be able to!

The team, starting from the top, are Orna Ross, Founder and Director; Philip Lynch, Co-Director; Sarah Begley, Member Care and Publishing Assistant; Sacha Black, Self-Publishing Advice Centre Blog and #selfpubcon Manager; Kayleigh Brindley, Social Media Administrator; John Doppler, Services Watchdog; Dan Holloway, Self-Publishing News Editor; Michael La Ronn, Member Q & A Podcast Co-Host and US Ambassador; Howard Lovy, ALLi Multi-Media Manager; Robin Phillips, ALLi Webmaster and Tech Support; and Debbie Young, Special Projects and UK Ambassador.

 

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ALLi has a wide range of Indie Authors from across the world.

They have a Facebook Page. And are on Twitter.

 

If you are an Indie Author, for £89 a year, you, too, can join.

 

ALLi has a regular Newsletter, keeping its members informed about the Indie world.

  • Advisory team – all questions answered

  • Book Listing

  • Free author advice guides

  • Private moderated member’s forum

  • Discounts for vetted author services

  • Affiliate earnings program

  • Approved Services directory

  • Online advice conference

  • Daily blog, twice-weekly podcast

  • Author member website badge

     

  • Public author-publisher profile

  • Contract vetting

  • General legal advice

  • Blogging opportunities

  • Speaker opportunities

  • Interview opportunities

  • https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/members/join/

 

ALLi has three grades of members:

  • Associate at £69.00 a year

  • Author at £89.00 a year

  • Entrepreneur at £119.00 a year

 

Here’s what you get as an Associate Member:

You are preparing your first book for self-publication. You could also be a student of creative writing, multimedia, or publishing with an interest in author-publishing.

 

Associate members receive:

  • Advisory team – all questions answered

  • Free author advice guides
  • Private moderated member’s forum
  • Discounts for vetted author services
  • Affiliate earnings program
  • Approved Services directory
  • Online advice conference
  • Daily blog, twice-weekly podcast
  • Associate member website badge

     

    Author Members receive:

  • If you’ve published one book or more, this is the membership for you. This could be a full-length book (50,000+ words) for adults, a number/series of shorter books, or children’s books.

     

    Author members receive:

     
    • Private moderated member’s forum
    • Discounts for vetted author services
    • Affiliate earnings program
    • Approved Services directory
    • Online advice conference
    • Daily blog, twice-weekly podcast
    • Author member website badge

     

     

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    The Association of Independent Authors (ALLi)

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    • Book listing
    • Contract vetting
    • General legal advice
    • Blogging opportunities
    • Speaker opportunities
    • Interview opportunities

    Advisory team – all questions answered

    Free author advice guide
  • Public author-publisher profile

 

Authorpreneur Members Receive:

Geraldine Evans's Books The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) 2020 August 12

 

  • Authorpreneurs earn their living from self-publishing and associated business. This membership is assessed – you will need to show evidence of 50,000 book sales in the past two years and/or KU or business equivalent.
 

Authorpreneur members receive full Author benefits PLUS

  • Author business and rights focus group
  • Books included in ALLi’s rights guide
  • Indie-friendly panel of literary agents & rights buyers
  • Literary Agent Consultancy

Specific business, tax, legal, and contract advice

 

I’m an Author Member

I am an Author Member and have been for several years. It’s a great organisation, that enables you to get to know other authors in a friendly environment.

They have a wide choice of Guides to help you with you Indie career, a knowledgable team able to give advice and encouragement. The Forum on its own, is a great resource, bringing together as it does, a wide range of experienced Indies.

I’m always learning something new, and that can only enhance my career. I find ALLi a remarkable organisation. They are to be applauded for the altruism of their founders: Orna Ross and Philip Lynch.

 

Why not check them out for yourself today?

https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/members/join/

 

 

https://geraldineevans.com/resources-for-authors/

 

https://geraldineevansbooks.com/

MARKETING YOUR BOOK

Had a book accepted or plan to go the ebook route? Then you want to think about getting your marketing campaign organised. How can people buy your book if no one hears about it?
So what sort of things should you do? And where should you do them? Here are some ideas to get you started:
ORGANISE A BLOG TOUR
I found this the best route to go to increase book sales. I did my Blog Tour back in February 2011 and my sales numbers quadrupled. I know it’s a lot of work writing the posts and approaching possible hosts, but I believe, from the sales increase alone, never mind the name recognition it should engender, that it’s worth it. Put your Blog Schedule on your website so chance visitors can have the opportunity to follow the Tour, too.
ADVERTISE
I didn’t find this the best way to go. I’ve tried both Kindle Nation Daily and a banner ad on kindleboards and I can’t say I noticed  any increase in sales. Of course, you might be luckier and this is far from the definitive guide as I’ve tried such a limited area in which to place my ads. By all means try it. At least, if nothing else, you will be the wiser for it and who knows, it might pay off.
BOOK TRAILERS
It’s hard to see how much good – if any – trailers do. They’re fun to make and the cost isn’t prohibitive if you do them yourself using Windows Movie Maker. And they’re always available on your website, youtube and other sites for people to see. It’s a big help with planning which pictures to put where if you jot down a synopsis of the book. When it comes to getting royalty-free pictures, there are a lot of sites out there. I use www.istockphoto.com
BOOK GIVEAWAYS
These don’t have to cost a lot. You’ll get author copies free from your publisher or if you’re going the ebook route you can offer books free using a coupon at smashwords. Goodreads and LibraryThing also allow for book giveaways.
You could also offer books as prizes on your own website as part of a contest, though if you hold something like a short story contest with a critique, you must be prepared for a fair number of entries.
CONFERENCES
This is not a route I’ve ever taken as it’s rather expensive. But if you can afford it, conferences could be the way to go to get your name better known and to promote your new book If you sign up early you can get your name down for a panel. Just make sure you have something to say when you get there. You’ll want to have postcards and bookmarks ready to hand out, possibly business cards. And you’ll need to ensure there are books available for sale in the sales room. You should be able to organise this with your publisher.
REVIEWS/ARCs
With any luck,  your publisher will provide advance reading copies of your new release In any case, you’ll want to solicit reviews for your new release. If your book is an ebook there are many bloggers out there who will review your book, some of whom are widely recognised as providing a reliable reviewing service. Some specialize, so make sure you approach an appropriate blogger. ARCs are also handy to give away as prizes in contests.
NEWSLETTER
Try to collect email addresses every time you make a public appearance so that you increase the number of people to whom you can send a regular newsletter with your doings. I use http://www.tmynewsletterbuilder.com and send out a newsletter once a month. What do you tell people? Well tell them about the new release with the book cover, tell them about appearances and panels you’re on at conferences. Tell them how you’re doing on your Work in Progress.
PROMO  MATERIALS
Once you have your cover art, you can design postcards, bookmarks and flyers. You can have business cards designed very cheaply, with either the book cover or your author photo. You can create most of these cheaply yourself or you can take the professional print route.
WEBSITE AND BLOG
Don’t forget to post information about your new release on your website/blog. Don’t forget to add the youtube link to your book trailer. Post an excerpt so your website visitors can read your scintillating prose! Crease a Press Kit page with a picture of you, your book cover, a short bio of you and the reviews when you get them. Interview yourself about the book and add this to the page.
SPEAKING AND SIGNING ENGAGEMENTS
Never turn down a chance to appear in public. Yes, it’s anxiety-inducing, but the more you do it the better you’ll get at it. Never be shy when you have the opportunity to sell your book. Some groups, like the Women’s Institute, require you to do an audition as a speaker before you can get on their approved list of speakers. Daunting, but it’s just another of the many challenges you’ve already faced.
I can hear you thinking that this all looks like a lot of work. You’re right. It is. That’s why the sooner you start thinking, planning and getting stuff organised, the more you can cover. That way, when your publisher/yourself expects you to be working on the next book, you have the time in hand. An hour or two at evenings or weekends with get the work done. Just be sure to get the word out somehow.

Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series

Just heard that Deadly Reunion, my next Rafferty & Llewellyn crime novel will be published in hardback in February 2011.

And the paperback of Death Dance is coming out in March 2011.

Also, Soundings Audio are to bring out three more of my Rafferty books: Blood on the Bones, A Thrust to the Vitals and Death Dance. These will be out sometime in 2011/2012.

If you’ve visited my website: http://www.geraldinevans.com/, you’ll see that I have now added a monthly newletter. To subscribe, simply go to my website and you’ll find the subscribe box near the top of my home page.

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