17 August, 2013

The Alliance of Independent Authors

Most of you will not be in England, let alone near Stratford upon Avon, but regardless of whether you attend the event, these guys have plenty of online appeal. Whether you want to self-publish or not, anything that helps you network, improves your marketing skills and helps you understand any side/element/method of the industry is a great thing. I'm proud that ALLi wants to advertise on my site, and I highly recommend them.
Take control of your (writing) life

Writers these days have so much choice. The traditional option of getting an agent and a publisher (if your work is good and you’re lucky) is not the only way anymore. There’s self-publishing.
Why choose this?
· More control. For example, over content and cover
· Your work is available to the reader faster (books travelling the traditional route can take as long as a year to be published)
· Depending on how you outsource the work, the costs you incur may be fixed, as opposed to a percentage of your earnings
Whether self-published or traditionally published your work should be good, i.e.:
· captivating story
· fascinating characters
· page-turning plot
· clarity of writing
The work also needs to:
· be very well edited (over and over)
· have hardly any typos (professionally proofread)
· have a first-class cover
With an agent and publisher, you have some help with the last three points, and also some initial help with the promotional effort. When you’re self-published, you’re on your own. Or are you? Enter, ALLi. http://allianceindependentauthors.org
ALLi is the Alliance of Independent Authors, an online network of hundreds of people in various countries across the world. Members are involved in self-publishing, either as authors or author service providers. There’s also student/associate membership. ALLi has a vibrant member community on social media, providing advice, feedback, support and information on all aspects of self-publishing. It’s also a great way to network with people. As well as platforms such as Facebook and Goodreads, there’s also an ALLi self-publishing blog, and the chance to promote your work online, as part of your member organisation. So far so good.
But sometimes it’s good to meet in person.
So ALLi in the UK (Midlands) is inviting all authors, published, self-published and seeking to be published to attend our first meeting on 14 September.

Why attend?
  • For writers at all stages including those who have or are considering self-publishing
  • An opportunity to meet fellow writers, network and share ideas
  • Discuss issues, tell others about your work and find out more about ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, a rapidly growing organisation with hundreds of members on six continents
Where: Dirty Duck Pub (also known as The Black Swan), Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BA (future venues may vary) https://www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/our-locations/the-dirty-duck-stratford-upon-avon
When: Saturday 14 September at 11 am
Location: the pub is very near the centre of town and just a few hundred yards from the RSC Theatre on Waterside
Attend the meeting and enjoy a visit to the lovely town of Stratford-upon-Avon, home of Shakespeare and Marie Corelli.
The meeting is FREE, and all writers are warmly invited, but please let us know if you’re going to attend.
Contact: allim@headweb.co.uk
Bren Littlewood
Ellie Stevenson

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