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The Self-Publishing Advice and Inspirations Podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors provides a comprehensive guide for indie authors. Wednesdays offer "Advice," featuring "Member Q&A" hosted by Sacha Black and Michael La Ronn, "Publishing for Profit" by Orna Ross, "Creating Better Books" with Howard Lovy, and "Reaching More Readers" led by Holly Greenland and Dale Roberts. Sundays bring "Inspirations," including "Inspirational Indie Author Interviews" hosted by Howard Lovy, "Monthly Creative Planning" with Orna Ross, and "ALLi Campaigns" led by Melissa Addey. Fridays present "News," where Dan Holloway breaks down the week's key self-publishing updates.

Self-Publishing Advice & Inspirations Alliance of Independent Authors

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The Self-Publishing Advice and Inspirations Podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors provides a comprehensive guide for indie authors. Wednesdays offer "Advice," featuring "Member Q&A" hosted by Sacha Black and Michael La Ronn, "Publishing for Profit" by Orna Ross, "Creating Better Books" with Howard Lovy, and "Reaching More Readers" led by Holly Greenland and Dale Roberts. Sundays bring "Inspirations," including "Inspirational Indie Author Interviews" hosted by Howard Lovy, "Monthly Creative Planning" with Orna Ross, and "ALLi Campaigns" led by Melissa Addey. Fridays present "News," where Dan Holloway breaks down the week's key self-publishing updates.

    Inspirational Indie Author Interview #154: Tiffany Obeng. Author Shows Diverse Kids—and Parents—That Their Career Choices Are Limitless

    Inspirational Indie Author Interview #154: Tiffany Obeng. Author Shows Diverse Kids—and Parents—That Their Career Choices Are Limitless

    My guest this episode is Tiffany Obeng, a children's book author from Houston, Texas, who also works in employment law. Through her job handling job-discrimination cases, she realized that black children like her own need to be aware of all the career choices they have. That's when she really started publishing her books with a mission.
    Find more author advice, tips, and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center, 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.
    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. Find Howard at howardlovy.com, LinkedIn, and X.

    • 15 min
    Sora Breaks the Last Barrier in Creative AI, Substack Creates Networks, and Spotify Pursues Apple: Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway

    Sora Breaks the Last Barrier in Creative AI, Substack Creates Networks, and Spotify Pursues Apple: Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway

    In this episode of the Self-Publishing News Podcast, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway explores Sora's advancement in creative AI, Substack's innovative creation of networks to connect content creators, and Spotify's strategic pursuit of Apple.
    Find more author advice, tips, and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center, 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.
    About the Host
    Dan Holloway is a novelist, poet, and spoken word artist. He is the MC of the performance arts show The New Libertines, He competed at the National Poetry Slam final at the Royal Albert Hall. His latest collection, The Transparency of Sutures, is available on Kindle.

    • 13 min
    Are Book Promotion Sites Right for Me? Reaching More Readers Podcast, With Dale L. Roberts and Holly Greenland

    Are Book Promotion Sites Right for Me? Reaching More Readers Podcast, With Dale L. Roberts and Holly Greenland

    This month on the Reaching More Readers podcast, Dale takes the lead advising Holly on the best ways to identify the right book promotion sites to reach your readers and make sure you don't get scammed along the way. Take a listen if you've ever considered a book promo site but didn't know where to start or which one may be right for you.
    Find more author advice, tips, and tools at our self-publishing advice center. And, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally.
    Now, go write and publish!
    About the Hosts
    Dale L. Roberts is a self-publishing advocate, award-winning author, and video content creator. Dale’s inherent passion for life fuels his self-publishing advocacy both in print and online. After publishing over 50 titles and becoming an international bestselling author on Amazon, Dale started his YouTube channel, Self-Publishing with Dale. Selected by Feedspot and LA Weekly as one of the best sources in self-publishing of 2022, Dale cemented his position as the indie-author community's go-to authority. You can find Dale on his website or YouTube
    Holly Greenland is a self-published author, content writer and strategic communications consultant. She has worked in marketing and communications for nearly twenty years, including at the BBC, UK Parliament, and award-winning agency Social & Local. Holly is currently completing a Publishing PhD with Kingston University in London, investigating the factors that increase the likelihood of indie author success. Find out more about Holly's writing on her website or connect on LinkedIn.

    • 23 min
    Who Are ALLi's Ambassadors and What Do They Do? ALLi Campaigns Podcast with Melissa Addey and Holly Greenland

    Who Are ALLi's Ambassadors and What Do They Do? ALLi Campaigns Podcast with Melissa Addey and Holly Greenland

    This week, Campaigns Manager Melissa Addey and Blog Manager Holly Greenland explore the role of ALLi’s ambassadors: who they are and what they do. From opening up awards to speaking at events and gathering facts and figures all around the world, the ambassadors are part of ALLi’s outreach, amplifying ALLi’s voice to authors everywhere. Ambassadors work with our campaigning efforts to understand what needs to be done to support indie authors and make it happen.
    Find more author advice, tips, and tools at our self-publishing advice center. And, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally.
    Now, go write and publish!
    About the Hosts
    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 democratizing, empowering potential of author-publishing. For more information about Orna, visit her website.
    Melissa Addey has a PhD in creative writing and writes historical fiction set in first-century Rome, eleventh-century Morocco and eighteenth-century China. She runs writing workshops covering both craft and entrepreneurship, most frequently for the British Library. She's also ALLi's campaigns manager, a role in which she loves observing and supporting the vast diversity of self-published authors. Visit her at her website and pick up a free novella.

    • 21 min
    Authors Express Anger as Findaway Voices by Spotify Changes Terms: Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway

    Authors Express Anger as Findaway Voices by Spotify Changes Terms: Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway

    On the Self-Publishing News Podcast, Dan Holloway takes a critical look at Spotify's recent update to the terms of use for audiobook creators, a move that has stirred significant debate within the indie author community. As Spotify's Findaway Voices faces scrutiny over its revised policies, Dan explores the implications of these changes and the broader concerns they raise about rights and transparency in the digital publishing landscape.
     “In the opinion of the Watchdog Desk, the update to the Terms of Use showed a shocking carelessness around issues crucial to the indie author community,” said John Doppler, who runs ALLi’s Watchdog Desk. “Waiving moral rights, granting a staggeringly broad array of rights. These conditions may have escaped notice in the Artist's Terms of Use from which they were copied, but in the context of independent publishing, they would have allowed unconscionable exploitation. Any expert familiar with the industry should have immediately flagged these issues.”
    To the credit of Spotify and Findaway Voices, the correction was swift and addressed the key areas of concern with clarity. However, there are lingering questions, particularly around the use of user content for AI training, which have not been adequately addressed.
    Spotify did not respond to our inquiry before press time.
    Find more author advice, tips, and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center, 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.
    About the Host
    Dan Holloway is a novelist, poet, and spoken word artist. He is the MC of the performance arts show The New Libertines, He competed at the National Poetry Slam final at the Royal Albert Hall. His latest collection, The Transparency of Sutures, is available on Kindle.

    • 12 min
    BiblioKid's Brooke Gansemer Empowers Children's Book Authors: Creating Better Books Podcast with Howard Lovy

    BiblioKid's Brooke Gansemer Empowers Children's Book Authors: Creating Better Books Podcast with Howard Lovy

    In the latest episode of the Creating Better Books podcast, Alli News and Podcast Producer Howard Lovy interviews Brooke Gansemer, CEO and Publisher of BiblioKid Publishing. The discussion offers a look into the world of children's book publishing, providing practical advice for authors and illustrators. Gansemer's insights into the current state of children's literature and the importance of balancing quality and engagement in storytelling make this a valuable listen for those involved in children's book creation.
    Find more author advice, tips, and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center, 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.
    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. Find Howard at howardlovy.com, LinkedIn, and X.

    • 14 min

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