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A Professional Association for Authors Who Self-Publish


Self-publishing is not necessarily one writer who does everything themselves; though, there are such amazing people.

Alliance of Independent Authors

Image from the ALLI Site

A self-published author probably has an editor and may engage a cover designer and other freelance talent.

Then, there’s the label Indie Author…

Is Indie different from Self-Published?

I explored that question in a post back in October of 2013—“What IS An Indie Author?”

I also explored a relatively new organization for Indie authors in the post, Why Would An Author Want To Be Independent?, which has two informational videos with Mark Coker of Smashwords and Orna Ross from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

In a recent e-mail I received from Orna, these benefits of ALLi membership were shared:

  • A “How To Self-Publish Well” education pack, with free ebooks and seminal articles from our advisors and friends, including Mark Coker, Joel Friedlander, Jane Friedman, David Gaughran, Joanna Penn, Mark McGuinness and more
  • Multiple ways to connect with, and learn from, other members
  • Great discounts and deals
  • Monthly online events, including our “Sell More Books” monthly meetup
  • Watchdog and Rating of Author Services globally
  • Rights & Contracts Advice service
  • Foreign and subsidiary rights services, including a massive discount on Pubmatch and IPR Licence, an agent who’ll assess your books for foreign rights potential
  • Through these benefits, we’ve given hundreds of indie authors the information and skills to publish better and sell more books

Here’s what they say about their Service Directory:

“ALLi’s Self-Publishing Service Directory, which launches January 2015, is the first of its kind: a showcase of vetted services for self-publishers, combined with advice and tips on assembling the perfect team to produce books and literary projects that adhere to ALLi standards of ethics and excellence.”

You can read a preview of ALLi’s Service Directory.

And, you can also get some of ALLi’s Author Guidebooks.

I’d love to have some of you answer these questions in the Comments:

Have you Self-Published?

Are you an Indie Author?

Do you want to Self-Publish?

Are you working toward being an Indie Author?
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15 responses to “A Professional Association for Authors Who Self-Publish

  1. philipparees December 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Independent publishing is a two-edged sword. The creative freedom to put out a book in whatever way the author deems appropriate, with the cover chosen etc is the best bit. The loneliness of what follows ( however well it has been done) and whatever moves one makes, catapults the role of writer into marketer, and that becomes almost full time. However, in the current climate that seems to be somewhat true of the traditionally published author too, unless enough of an advance has been paid for the publisher to make efforts to redeem it, and assist the publicity. There are residual prejudices against the self published in the media, but the authors who seem to flourish are those who steam ahead with many books, as long as they are a series or at least appealing to a similar readership. It seems there is a bottleneck whichever way you do it, either in the beginning ( to please a publisher) or later ( to appease the equally demanding market.)

    If you write because you have to, and each book is a separate entity (and different from the last) you probably have to write ‘how to’ or ‘come-this-way’ blogs as well.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai December 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      In the main, you are right in all you say, Philippa—all I’d add is that the media about self-publishing is getting much more positive; though, there is a residue against it)…

      This bit is absolutely true—“It seems there is a bottleneck whichever way you do it, either in the beginning ( to please a publisher) or later ( to appease the equally demanding market.)”

      Let me quote a bit from the page I linked to with their Services Directory (bolding is mine):

      “Listings are comprised of our Partner Members from the full spectrum of publishing — including editorial, design, promotion, production and other author services.”

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      • philipparees December 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

        Alexander I am a member of Alli and they are the most supportive and outgoing collaborative group of people. Just being able to consult on the Fb page, ask questions, find beta readers, and use the Newsletter to announce things makes the loneliness bearable. However I did write a guest post on the Alli blog on the questionable business of paid for promotion ( in my case achieving nothing and coasting all I had) but I did it badly. Yet, that said, everything paid for, free giveaways, twitter maxed, competitions offered, has done little better. One of my books was runner up book of the year, the other shortlisted for a prize, two short stories have been finalisted and published as story of the week and year, yet nothing makes any impact on readers.
        I just think the downside of everybody can publish, means nobody can sell. Somehow that is much more daily apparent to the self published author who has given up writing in order to do so.!

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        • Alexander M Zoltai December 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

          Ah… I see, Philippa…

          Could you elaborate a bit on what you mean by, “… the questionable business of paid for promotion…”?

          I think I understand what would make you say, “I just think the downside of everybody can publish, means nobody can sell.” However, no ethical authority could promise any particular book will sell—traditionally or self-published…

          And, for a bit of both sides of the success=sales issue, try this past post of mine—Is Selling Books The Only Validation Authors Seek?

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  2. Mike December 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This sounds like a group that’s fulfilling a real and growing need. Thanks for posting.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai December 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      You’re Very welcome, Mike :-)

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  3. juliecround December 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Although not a member I appreciate that Alli can be very helpful and stops self published writers feeling lonely. However, if finding readers is our main aim we have to market both ourselves and our books. I donate to the library just to get known and give talks to anyone who will listen. My sales are in the hundreds, not thousands, but I know more people are reading the books because people moan that they have given them to others to read and not got them back as they are passing them on! I’m resigned to never being famous but if one person recommends a book I have written I’m content. Best Wishes to all.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai December 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Also, Julie, one never knows which one person might recommend a book to five or ten other people :-)

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  4. D.G.Kaye December 16, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    What an interesting post. I suppose there are many edges to being an Indie author. I am Indie, self published and agree with much of what has been said here by other bloggers. It is tough. We are writers first and in order to get our works out without waiting to be accepted traditionally we have to wear many hats and I find that is the hardest work of all, time consuming and lonely. Writing is joy, getting it ready for publication ie: revisions, editing, choosing book covers, formatting and continuous marketing is laborious work for creative minds. I think Alli is a wonderful organization and I was lucky when I was learning this business by trial and error that many of those mentioned who have much to offer for the Indie author, by way of information, I began following their blogs and subscriptions and have learned a lot because of them.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai December 17, 2014 at 1:00 am

      Some of my favorite parts of your comment, D. G.:

      “…there are many edges to being an Indie author.”

      “…we have to wear many hats and I find that is the hardest work of all, time consuming and lonely.”

      “…continuous marketing is laborious work for creative minds.”

      And, Indies are showing the Traditionalists that writers are not all hermits :-)

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      • D.G.Kaye December 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

        No we aren’t. Many of us have become professional jugglers of life! Heck, even many of the trads are coming our way. :)

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        • Alexander M Zoltai December 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

          Yes, D. G. :-)

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  5. Alexander M Zoltai June 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:

    In the re-blogged post yesterday, the young lady explained the Traditional publishing model…

    Since I tend to prefer Self-Publishing, I thought I’d re-blog this post about an Association that could help writers avoid some of the pitfalls of the Traditional route…

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  6. D.G.Kaye June 26, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Great post on Alli. I’ve been a subscriber for a few years and follow all those greats! Great help all Indies! :)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai June 26, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks, D. G.; and, good to know you’re with ALLi :-)

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