Self-Publishing News and Advice: 2019 Week 8: eBook Discovery Sites

This week, among other things, ALLi Watchdog John Doppler discusses eBook discovery sites and asks, ‘Are Online Catalogs Worth the Money?’

Our February AskALLi Member’s Q&A Podcast is now available here.

Questions from our members that Michael La Ronn and I answered this month included:

  • How can I vet a contract? What raises alarm bells? Is there any advantage in going 50/50 with a publisher?
  • How do I sell publishing rights? How do I negotiate?
  • What steps do I take to publish in KDP?
  • How can ALLi help me market my book?
  • Can I publish a biography when the family objects?
  • Listen in to the answers on our Podcast page here.

If you’re an ALLi member and you’d like to submit your questions, go here.

Other Self-Publishing Advice

Professional editor and ALLi partner member Richard Bradburn shares his methodical process to help new indie authors find and use the best editor for their self-published books.

Like to add mailing list signups to your author website but not sure how? Rachel McCollin explains in easy stages how to do just that in How to Add Mailing List Signups to Your Author Website.

In LJ Ross Gives Back to the Indie Community with the new Lindisfarne Prize, Debbie Young interviews internationally best-selling novelist LJ Ross.

The issue of whether or not to offer your books for free as part of your marketing strategy is a hotly debated issue in the indie author community. In Why I Will Never Give My Books Away for Free, novelist Lesley Tither explains why she will never take that route.

And finally, as always, we come to Dan Holloway’s regular indie author news round-up. This week, Storytel and the old erotica chestnut; Amazon’s even worse week; Wattpad in Korea and AI; and “For exposure”…Still.

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