Creative Self-Publishing: Latest News and Advice | 2019 Week 10

This week, among other things, ALLi is excited to reveal a whole host of reasons for indie authors to embrace London Book Fair, with this preview of events of special interest to self-publishing authors.

Self-Publishing Advice

Open University Creative Writing tutor and author Louise Tondeur offer top tips to help you manage and expand your writing time in How to Find More Time to Write.

In An Easier Way to Upload Book Metadata to Distribution Platforms, Jo Van Every shares her top tips for completing metadata on distribution platforms – and kindly shares her metadata template.

Bestselling crime writer JJ Marsh, based in Switzerland, describes the light-bulb moment when she realized that marketing wasn’t about her, but about her readers, and describes how this became a turning point in her fortunes as an indie author in Think of Your Readers’ Tastes & Habits, Not Your Own.

In this month’s Advanced Self-Publishing Salon, Joanna and I discuss: Plagiarism? Ghostwriting? How Far Would You Go for a Successful Book?

Topics discussed include:

  • A discussion about a recent ghostwriting/plagiarism scandal that rocked the indie Romance world.
  • Is there a gray area between writing that’s your own and something you picked up elsewhere?
  • What are the limits of fair use?
  • Where does AI fit into this issue of authorship?
  • How do global changes in copyright law impact indie authors?
  • Orna previews some changes coming on the ALLi website as we approach our seventh birthday.

Conference Manager Sacha Black shares the latest news and for our first Self-publishing Advice Conference program of 2019 in Preview of the Self-publishing Advice Conference Program 2019 (March 16).

And finally, as always, we come to Dan Holloway’s regular indie author news round-up. This week, Opening Up at the Fair and Other New Markets; From the Frying Pan… Books a Million Publishing Services Closes; New from Smashwords and Draft2Digital; and Is Amazon taking steps against abuse?

The self-publishing advice blog is 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.