Creative Self-Publishing: Latest News and Advice | 2019 Week 17

This week’s highlights: John Doppler discusses how KDP Piracy Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation; we have an indie author who began his career aged 79, now on his seventh novel, aged 86, and as ever, Dan Holloway has the latest self-publishing news roundup. Please read on.

Self-Publishing Advice

Is it ever too late to begin your self-publishing career? In Inspirational Indie Authors: Tony Whelpton, Debut Novelist at 79, Writing Seventh Novel at 86, Tony Whelpton tells the story of his prolific self-publishing career. Yes, Tony got started on his successful career as an indie author when he was 79.

Got a dramatic friend or relation who wants you to tell their story? John Lynch offers candid advice about ghostwriting memoirs for people you know in What to Say If Friends Ask You to Ghostwrite their Memoir.

In Book Marketing: Seasonal Books for All Times of Year, Debbie Young explains why she always has one eye on the calendar when writing her fiction books, and why she thinks it’s worth having books for all seasons in your catalog.

“There are no rules” is something we often say at ALLi, though one principle we recommend is not to compare yourself to others. Then along comes Pauline Wiles to say why that’s not always true either. Check out her Why ‘Don’t Compare’ is Bad Advice for Indie Authors and let us know what you think of her approach to purposeful productivity for writers.

In Dan Holloway’s regular indie author news round-up this week, he’s looking at indie bookstores; growing trends in young adult fiction; more opportunities for indies in libraries and highlighting Amazon’s retreat from China.

And finally the podcast this week was this month’s  Member Q&A. Michael La Ronn and I answer our members most pressing self-publishing questions.

Questions answered include:

  • Is it worth displaying my book at BookExpo?
  • Which is better for book promotion: Bookbub or Goodreads?
  • Which of the assisted self-publishing companies are best for marketing?

This podcast also includes Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy with the latest self-publishing news.


Each Wednesday I bring you this round up from the self-publishing advice blog, run by the Alliance of Independent Authors, the non-profit association for self-publishing authors. We offer many benefits to indie authors including a range of self-publishing guides which non-members can purchase here.