Creative Self-Publishing: Latest News and Advice | 2019 Week 18

This week’s highlights: Boni Wagner-Stafford and I discuss the foundational importance of copyright for indie authors; Debbie Young asks is writing for local magazines worth it?, and Dan Holloway has all the latest self-publishing news.

Self-Publishing Advice

In Writing for Local Magazines – Is It Worthwhile? Debbie Young explains how writing for local magazines helped raise her profile with her local BBC Radio station, where she’s now a panellist on a monthly Book Club slot and poses the question, could writing for local magazines help boost your book marketing campaign?

Ricardo Fayet of ALLi Partner Reedsy offers some creative and clever means of tracking conversion and calculating return on investment (ROI) to help you decide whether your ads are paying their way.

In Indie Authors and Copyright Debates, Boni Wagner-Stafford and I celebrate World Copyright Day by sharing an extract from ALLi’s forthcoming Copyright Bill of Rights book, discussing independent authors and copyright, and we invite your input and feedback.

And in this month’s AskALLi Writing Life Salon: Living Our Best Lives, Dan Blank and I talk about managing your writer’s assets.

Topics discussed include:

  • The value of websites, branding, processes, teams, and other intellectual property.
  • How to evaluate these assets, and our book projects, through the lens of profit and pleasure.
  • How, in a busy creative life, we need to look after our most important asset: ourselves.

In this post, Howard Lovy also talks to Inspirational Indie Author Steff Green.

Do you find book marketing stressful and overwhelming? US author Cathy Dudley explains how she made book marketing less daunting by breaking it into baby steps.

And finally, in Dan Holloway’s regular indie author news round-up this week, he’s looking at how a paper shortage could be the challenge to print book resurgence; the growing audiobook trend; Amazon’s new figures and more news on StreetLib and Wattpad’s continued expansion.


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.