Creative Self-Publishing: Latest News and Advice | 2019 Week 16

Welcome to the creative self-publishing roundup: 2019 Week 16. This week, among other things, ALLi’s Author Advice Center Manager, Debbie Young ponders multi-tasking for authors and asks How many books should an author be writing at any one time? (see below).


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Indie author Amanda Davey reports on the opening of new indie bookstore Book Potato Case Study of Book Potato, A New Bookshop Supporting Indie Authors. ALLi members descended in droves for the launch.

Tim Lewis is moving from his job as co-host of ALLi’s Beginning Self-publishing Podcasts to launch ALLi’s new weekly Twitter chat (#IndieAuthorChat every Tuesday at 8pm BST, from Tuesday 15th April). In this post, Tim explains how indie authors can set up and run their own Twitter chats as another means of reaching readers and building their loyalty in Book Marketing: How to Run a Twitter Chat.

For his final Beginner’s Self-Publishing Salon, Tim Lewis and I talked about choosing the best editor for your book.

Topics discussed include:

  • How to decide which type of edit you need.
  • How to choose the best editors for your books.
  • How to work with them to get the best creative and business return on your investment.

Howard Lovy also interviews inspirational author, Yvonne Caputo, author of Flying with Dad: A Daughter, A Father, and how his World War II Stories Brought them Closer. 

Wondering how to make your books and yourself stand out from the crowd? In Inspirational Indie Authors: Stephen Oram on Finding Opportunities, Stephen Oram’s provides a fascinating case study of what’s worked for his near-future sci-fi books and how his method might work for you.

In Follow Your Dreams – or The Triumph of Perseverance over Pessimism, Saiswaroopa Iyer shares the key lesson she has learned from her three-and-a-half year journey as an author: don’t give up, just follow your writing dreams, because perseverance trumps pessimism.

And finally, in Dan Holloway’s regular indie author news round-up this week, he’s looking at what a writer earns from writing; dispelling digital myths and highlighting some of the latest figures and opportunities for indies.


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