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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 • 32 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.

    A Message From ALLi Director Orna Ross: We’re Taking a Podcast Break While we Make Improvements and Hear From You

    A Message From ALLi Director Orna Ross: We’re Taking a Podcast Break While we Make Improvements and Hear From You

    Hello, everyone. A short broadcast from us today. It's Orna Ross here, director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, just here to tell you that we are taking a short production break. We will be back at the beginning of September.
    We are doing a major upgrade of the podcast, as well as the general Self-Publishing Advice Center, from our ratings pages, where we bring you the best and the worst of the self-publishing services out there, the awards page, where we look at and rate the awards and prizes that are available to indie authors these days, and all our advice pages. We're going to be making the site a lot more user-friendly, and we're going to have a section just for beginners and navigation, generally, just making it easier for you to find what you need.
    There's a huge amount of information on our website, as you know, between our almost daily blogs, our weekly podcasts, and all the different information in video, in audio, and in text, that we try to bring you about the fast-changing world of self-publishing, and while that's great to have all that information there, we are aware that extracting the information that you need, when you need it, is what the Advice Center will be designed to do, because we know that's what you need. The last thing you need is so much information that you feel overwhelmed.
    We're operating, going forward, on a just-in-time principle rather than just-in-case. So, rather than you just accumulating all the information and knowledge that is available around self-publishing, the idea is that you'll be able to drop in to just the information that you need at the point in time when you need it, and it will be organized across the seven stages of the publishing process: editorial, design, production, distribution, marketing, promotion, and rights licensing.
    So, it will all be there at your fingertips. That is the hope anyway.
    And as part of that, as I said, we will be revamping the podcast. We have new team members coming on board who we'll be talking to about all the various topics.
    Now, currently we are organized on the podcast around a beginner's session, an advanced session, our Member Q&A, and Self-Publishing News. So, they're the four categories, and of course, our interviews with our inspirational indie author members, which happen every second week on a Sunday. So, the podcast comes out on a Friday, one of those four streams, and on a Sunday, we do the interviews.
    We're going to shake that up, and the reason I'm here really is to ask you what you would like us to be providing on podcast. So, as I said, we'll have new technology coming on board, new team members, new ideas, we've got our own ideas of things that we would like to change, but we're really keen to hear from you about what you would like to change.
    What would you like to see on your Self-Publishing Advice podcast? What topics would you like us to cover? How would you like us to approach them?
    We will be having member-only content for Alliance of Independent Author Members only. But what else, what else would you like to see? Are there people you would like us to get in touch with and maybe have as speakers?
    The canvas is still quite blank over here as we decide what we're doing, and as I said, we're taking this production break in order to do this. So, we'd love to hear from you. If you write to me directly via orna@allianceindependentauthors.org. That's orna@allianceindependentauthors.org with your ideas, your thoughts, your feedback, anything at all that you would like to say about the Self-Publishing Advice podcast. We will take it on board, and we will see what we can do.
    So, until September, I hope you have a wonderful summer, if you're in the Northern hemisphere. A wonderful winter, if you're in the Southern hemisphere, and just a wonderful time, generally.
    Happy writing, happy publishing, and see you in September.
    Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center: http

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    Level Up Your Side Characters, With Sacha Black — Self-Publishing Conference Highlight

    Level Up Your Side Characters, With Sacha Black — Self-Publishing Conference Highlight

    In this Self-Publishing Conference Highlight, Sacha Black discusses how to level up your side characters. All too often, side characters are afterthoughts for an author. Most writers spend their time focused on the hero and the plot, so their side characters are slapped on without much thought. But they shouldn’t be. Side characters are the pillars upon which your heroes and villains stand.
    By the end of this session, you will learn: The principles of creating captivating side characters The most common mistakes writers make with side characters... And how to fix them How to make your side characters represent your book’s theme If you want to level up your characters, story and craft, this session is for you.

    • 33 min
    Inspirational Indie Author Interview #112. Keith A Pearson: He Wrote His First Book on a Bar Bet, Then Readers Wanted More

    Inspirational Indie Author Interview #112. Keith A Pearson: He Wrote His First Book on a Bar Bet, Then Readers Wanted More

    My guest this episode is Keith A Pearson, who grew up in economically disadvantaged conditions in England, left school when he was sixteen, and developed a work ethic as he advanced in his career. That work ethic came in handy when he transitioned to full-time author. It was a very unlikely new career choice for Keith, who did not exactly surround himself with the literati. In fact, he wrote his first book on a bar bet with a friend. I'll let Keith A Pearson tell the rest of his story.
    ALLi's Inspirational Indie Author interviews are sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, a global, independent ebook and audiobook publishing platform that empowers authors with a quick and easy publishing process and unique promotional opportunities. To reach a wide readership, create your account today! Thank you, Kobo, for your support of this podcast.
    Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center: https://selfpublishingadvice.org, with a huge archive of 2,000+ blog posts, and a handy search box to find key info on the topic you need.
    We invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally, if you haven’t already. You can do that at http://allianceindependentauthors.org.
    About the Host
    Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and now amplifies the voices of independent author-publishers and  works with authors as a developmental editor. Howard is also a freelance writer specializing in Jewish issues whose work appears regularly in Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and Longreads. Find Howard at howardlovy.com, LinkedIn and Twitter.

    • 18 min
    Spotify Rewrites Audiobook Sales Rules, Buys AI Narration Tool: Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy

    Spotify Rewrites Audiobook Sales Rules, Buys AI Narration Tool: Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy

    Today on Self-Publishing News: Spotify rewrites the rules on audiobook sales by ditching the subscription model and going à la carte. Also, Spotify buys an AI narration tool, but is artificial intelligence really ready to take over from human narrators?
    These are among the topics discussed on Self-Publishing News with ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway and News and Podcast Producer Howard Lovy.
    Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center: https://selfpublishingadvice.org, with a huge archive of nearly 2,000 blog posts, and a handy search box to find key info on the topic you need.
    And, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally. You can do that at http://allianceindependentauthors.org.
    About the Hosts
    Dan Holloway is a novelist, poet and spoken word artist. He is the MC of the performance arts show The New Libertines Earlier this year he competed at the National Poetry Slam final at the Royal Albert Hall. His latest collection, The Transparency of Sutures, is available on Kindle.
    Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than 30 years, and has spent the last eight years amplifying the voices of independent publishers and authors. He works with authors as a book editor to prepare their work to be published. Howard is also a freelance writer specializing in Jewish issues whose work appears regularly in Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Longreads. Find Howard at howardlovy.com, LinkedIn and Twitter.

    • 18 min
    Should I Traditionally Publish my Book? Other Questions Answered by Orna Ross and Michael La Ronn in our Member Q&A Podcast

    Should I Traditionally Publish my Book? Other Questions Answered by Orna Ross and Michael La Ronn in our Member Q&A Podcast

    Should I traditionally publish my book? 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.
    Other questions include:
    Do I have to blog to be successful at writing? Should I hire someone to manage my social media? I've been approached by a legitimate traditional publisher! What do I do? And more!
    Our Members Q&A Podcast is brought to you by specialist sponsor Kobo Writing Life, a global, independent ebook and audiobook publishing platform that empowers authors with a quick and easy publishing process and unique promotional opportunities. To reach a wide audience, create your account today! We'd like to thank Kobo for their support of this podcast. 
    Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center: https://selfpublishingadvice.org, with a huge archive of nearly 2,000 blog posts, and a handy search box to find key info on the topic you need.
    And, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally. You can do that at http://allianceindependentauthors.org.
    Now, go write and publish!
    About the Hosts
    Michael La Ronn is the author of over 30 books of science fiction & fantasy and authors self-help books. His books include the Galaxy Mavericks series and Modern Necromancy series. You can now find his new writing course on Teachable.
    Orna Ross launched the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has seen her named as one of The Bookseller’s “100 top people in publishing”. She also publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and is greatly excited by the democratising, empowering potential of author-publishing. For more information about Orna, visit her website: http://www.ornaross.com

    • 42 min
    Inspirational Indie Author Interview #111. Tessa Buckley: New Life as an Author After MS Diagnosis

    Inspirational Indie Author Interview #111. Tessa Buckley: New Life as an Author After MS Diagnosis

    My guest this episode is Tessa Buckley, who had a successful career working with architects and designers until she developed multiple sclerosis and had to rethink everything about her life. This led to research about the proper diet to prevent the progression of MS, which in turn led to a brand-new writing career. Today, she writes middle-grade adventure stories and, she says, there's no better time to be a disabled author. I'll let Tessa Buckley tell her story.
    ALLi's Inspirational Indie Author interviews are sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, a global, independent ebook and audiobook publishing platform that empowers authors with a quick and easy publishing process and unique promotional opportunities. To reach a wide readership, create your account today! Thank you, Kobo, for your support of this podcast.
    Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center: https://selfpublishingadvice.org, with a huge archive of 2,000+ blog posts, and a handy search box to find key info on the topic you need.
    We invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally, if you haven’t already. You can do that at http://allianceindependentauthors.org.
    About the Host
    Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and now amplifies the voices of independent author-publishers and  works with authors as a developmental editor. Howard is also a freelance writer specializing in Jewish issues whose work appears regularly in Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and Longreads. Find Howard at howardlovy.com, LinkedIn and Twitter.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 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.

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