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Tune into our podcast twice weekly. On Fridays, the self-publishing advice podcast offers guidance to authors about publishing their own fiction, nonfiction and poetry books, with ALLi director Orna Ross and co-hosts (includes ALLi Member Q&A). And on every other Sunday, multimedia manager Howard Lovy interviews ALLi members and advisors about their books in the Inspirational Indie Authors series.

AskAlli: Self-Publishing Advice Podcast Alliance of Independent Authors

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    • 4.5 • 29 Ratings

Tune into our podcast twice weekly. On Fridays, the self-publishing advice podcast offers guidance to authors about publishing their own fiction, nonfiction and poetry books, with ALLi director Orna Ross and co-hosts (includes ALLi Member Q&A). And on every other Sunday, multimedia manager Howard Lovy interviews ALLi members and advisors about their books in the Inspirational Indie Authors series.

    Inspirational Indie Author Interview #96: Mary Louisa Locke: Historical Mystery Author's Own Story Is One of Patience, Perseverance, and Vision

    Inspirational Indie Author Interview #96: Mary Louisa Locke: Historical Mystery Author's Own Story Is One of Patience, Perseverance, and Vision

    My guest this episode is Mary Louisa Locke, who was first inspired to write back in 1979, when her academic research showed her the stories of some incredible 19th-century women. But it wasn't until after Mary Lou retired and began her new career as an indie author that she gave these women new life in historical fiction. Mary Lou's story is one of patience, perseverance, and a vision of the past as well as the future.

    • 14 min
    Book Pre-Orders to Grow Your Author Business, With Orna Ross and Dan Parsons: Foundational Self-Publishing Podcast

    Book Pre-Orders to Grow Your Author Business, With Orna Ross and Dan Parsons: Foundational Self-Publishing Podcast

    Book pre-orders are not a new idea, but the rise of self-publishing and ebooks have changed the way they work. Seeing new opportunities, indies have built avid readerships, improved their read-through and even found new ways to hit coveted bestseller slots by using pre-orders.

    • 30 min
    How Can I Set My First Book Up for Success? Other Questions Answered by Orna Ross and Michael La Ronn in our Member Q&A Podcast

    How Can I Set My First Book Up for Success? Other Questions Answered by Orna Ross and Michael La Ronn in our Member Q&A Podcast

    How can I set my first book up for success? This is among the questions answered on our #AskALLi Members Q&A hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of science fiction and fantasy novels as well as author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross.

    • 38 min
    Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Phil Simon: The Future of Indie Publishing is All About Collaboration

    Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Phil Simon: The Future of Indie Publishing is All About Collaboration

    My guest this episode is Phil Simon, who has written a number of books on collaboration. We all know that self-publishing is a misleading term because most self-publishers work collaboratively with editors, designers, marketers, and other specialists to produce a book. Phil not only writes about collaboration, but practices it in the way he publishes.

    • 12 min
    The Indie Author Business Cycle: From Start-Up to Mature Business: Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast With Orna Ross and Joanna Penn

    The Indie Author Business Cycle: From Start-Up to Mature Business: Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast With Orna Ross and Joanna Penn

    All businesses go through a life cycle and in this #AskALLi Advanced Podcast Orna Ross and Joanna Penn consider the three stages of the author-publisher business cycle. Highlighting the main goals, challenges and opportunities of each stage, they offer their top tips for taking your publishing business from startup through growth to maturity.

    • 43 min
    Voice Interactive Storytelling: Opportunities for Authors, With Amy Stapleton — Self-Publishing Conference Highlight

    Voice Interactive Storytelling: Opportunities for Authors, With Amy Stapleton — Self-Publishing Conference Highlight

    The voice technologies powering Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant can transform an audiobook into a two-way conversation between the narrator and the listener. Chatables is pioneering a new type of conversational storytelling that uses voice technology to engage story lovers in exciting new ways.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Stan Dubin ,

A Nice Twist to Their Delivery

The content is excellent — learning first hand from successful authors in various genres is always helpful. They have a method of delivering a number of their podcasts where the host summarizes what the next question is and then we hear the author's response. It's not a direct back and forth — which is also good — but I do like the host giving a clean statement of the question and then the author's answer.

Good stuff. Five stars for sure.

Colonel Skip ,

Practical and Timely

I’m new to the podcast and just listened to episode 164 about writing Book Hooks and Blurbs. I’ve written and rewritten my book description for Amazon several times. I’ve researched online and listened to other podcasts on writing a book description/blurb. This provided new information and laid things out to give me a better understanding. I am going to use this information to revise my book description. Thanks!

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