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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.
 
Do you want to share your story, earn more money and make an impact with your writing? You're in the right place. On the Become a Writer Today podcast, Bryan Collins interviews creatives and best-selling authors. He profiles their writing processes, so you can learn about everything from writing your book to building a profitable creative business. Subscribe today!
 
Brought to you from the indie author experts at Draft2Digital! Each week, Self Publishing Insiders features an interview with a new guest, covering self-publishing topics from writing and craft to marketing and promoting your books, and anything that can help you build and grow your author career. Learn about new tools, new software, new markets—and of course, all the inside information that D2D can provide! This show features interviews taken from our live D2D Spotlight, available on YouTub ...
 
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How do I protect my book from pirates? 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: What are recommended WordPress themes for my author website? Who is…
 
Was your first book a bit of a passion project? If you're going to commit to writing in the long term and want to earn a living wage from it, you need a plan. That's one of the topics I address in this week's interview with Orna Ross. She is the Alliance of Independent Authors director, and she also coaches students on creative planning. I wanted t…
 
Email newsletters are an increasingly popular way for authors to keep in touch with their readers. Are they for you? Indie authors know that it's wise to "go wide." It's not enough to publish a book and then sit back and let the money roll in. The book, and the authors, all need to be available on multiple platforms. This is among the topics discus…
 
Social media is an excellent way of finding readers and finding clients if you’re a freelance writer. And, if you create content for social media platforms like Quora, you can build up a library of content that you can use and refer to over time. But, how exactly should you spend time on social media, what tools should you use, and how can you do i…
 
There's no doubt that AI is sweeping across the digital landscape, changing the way just about every industry thinks and operates. It's still early days for knowing how this will impact publishing, particularly for the independent, self-published author. But the technology is evolving so rapidly that "early days" may become ancient history in the b…
 
I recently read Mind Management, Not Time Management by David Kadvy. It made a big impact on me because David has thought a lot about popular productivity methods like Getting Things Done and considered how they can apply to writers and creatives. He breaks down how creatives can organize their day so they’re at their best when it’s time to write o…
 
Bradley Metrock, author, broadcaster and publishing thought leader, outlines the latest developments in voice technology, artificial intelligence and other important emerging tools for author-publishers. At the end of the session you will be informed about new possibilities and opportunities opening up for you and where your books fit in. This is a…
 
I've read a few books about productivity and work that have radically changed how I think about finding time to work and creative projects. One of those books is Getting Things Done by David Allen, and it made a significant impact on how I think about work. In this week's interview, David discusses how your mind is for having ideas, not for holding…
 
D2D’s Tara Robinette, Director of Operations & Customer Support, sits in to answer the most asked questions from D2D authors! //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it onlin…
 
In this episode, I catch up with TEDx speaker and author Dai Manuel. Dai brings to his work his personal story of the challenges he overcame to become a wellness coach and run a multimillion-dollar business. Dai explains how, when he started to bring more vulnerability into his writing, everything changed for him. His coaching clients increased, an…
 
My guest this episode is Matty Dalrymple, a mystery and suspense author who discovered that her whodunnits sell very well the indie way. In fact, she's found so much success, she gives back to the community through her podcast called The Indy Author. Matty enjoys the personal connection with her fans that only an indie author can receive. ALLi's In…
 
In this episode, we focus on email marketing, and my guest is email marketing expert Keith Monaghan. He knows his stuff as he previously worked as a market researcher and email marketer for companies like Nike, Specialized Bicycles, Trek, and NBC Television. He's the author of the new book, Easy Email Marketing: 10 Simple Steps for Creating and Sen…
 
Starting a new year has a lot of challenges (especially some new years in particular), but one of them is planning your approach for your author business! In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders with Draft2Digital, the D2D team talks about approaches to setting goals and planning out your author career. What to think about, what to include, and…
 
What is the "nimble advantage" for indie authors? Are you feeling overwhelmed or uncertain about your author business? Fed up with technology and constant change? In this overview of what’s changing for indie authors Orna Ross and Joanna Penn focus on the mindset we need to adopt and the practicalities we need to know, so we can surf the change and…
 
Would you like to start a content website about your hobby that you could sell for many multiples? My guest this week explains how to do just that. Mushfiq has bought and sold over 150 websites since he started his career as a content creator and website builder back in 2008. In other words, he’s an expert on the topic. But what if you have no mone…
 
Author and conference organizer William Bernhardt talks about his career and his work helping authors find the kind of success he’s built. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distri…
 
My guest this episode is Alessandra Torre, who began writing romance novels on a dare from her husband and discovered that people read what she wrote. A lot of people, in fact. So many people that Harlequin and Hachette both offered her contracts. But she soon found that indie publishing gave her the freedom she desired to write and market her book…
 
Today, we will talk about the EU's new copyright directive and what it means for indie authors. Also, we ask, "Where have all the young indie authors gone?" These are among the topics discussed on Self-Publishing News with Alli News Editor Dan Holloway and book editor Howard Lovy. Together, they will bring you the latest in indie publishing news. F…
 
Michelle Cox is the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series author, a mystery romance set in 1930s Chicago. Described as Downtown Abbey meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, the books have won multiple awards, and publications like PopSugar, Elle, BuzzFeed, Redbook, and Bustle have praised it as a top read. In this episode, Michelle describes her wri…
 
Chicago-based scriptwriter Daniel Joshua Rubin is the author of 27 Essential Principles of Story. This book stands out because Daniel uses modern examples like South Park and Breaking Bad to describe how storytelling principles work. Then, he explains how writers can apply the principles to writing screenplays, novels, etc. Daniel describes what it…
 
Carol and Matthew Newell run the Family Hope Center. It's an organization that has so far supported over 20,000 families dealing with special needs children. Carol and Matthew took some of the ideas they've refined throughout their careers and turned them into a book. One of the key challenges they faced is having spent their entire careers as expe…
 
In today’s episode, Orna Ross and Dan Parsons discuss the importance of comparable authors and how understanding them can help you reach more readers and sell more books. When many authors write their first book, they don’t consider where it will be shelved or categorized by retailers. Nor do they consider the financial consequences of its tone and…
 
I recently read a collection of personal essays by my guest today, the Irish Times journalist Patrick Freyne. It’s called OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea. In the book, Patrick reflects on the jobs he’s had, his time in a band, and a friend who unexpectedly passed away. He didn’t necessarily set out to write a book, but one of his personal essays gain…
 
A thirty-year project manager with a geophysics degree, M.L. “Matt” Buchman has designed and built houses, flown and jumped out of planes, solo-sailed a 50’ sailboat, and bicycled solo around the world…and he quilts. In this episode of SPI, Mark Leslie Lefebvre chats with Matt about his work, shifting genres, updating his website and more. //Draft2…
 
In this episode, I interview author, biographer, and ghostwriter Ruby Peru. She's written an astonishing 19 books to date, and she spoke to me about how she balances working on her craft whilst working on books for her clients. She also has to juggle this with finding her next client, which can be a painful lesson to learn as a freelancer. It's gre…
 
My guest this time is Benedict Brown, a crime fiction author who started out writing for children. He loved the creative freedom that came with writing books for kids but found out the hard way that it's a very competitive market. That's when he discovered self-publishing and he turned to a life of crime… well, crime fiction. Benedict Brown tells u…
 
What's the best way to keep in touch with my readers? This is among the questions answered on our #AskALLi Members Q&A is 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 editors charge different rates for non-native …
 
People consume books differently from how they did in the past. They like to read books on their phone or tablet. And they also want to listen to books in the car, at the gym, and on the go. And this is where audiobooks come into their own. I've recorded several audiobooks as it's a fantastic way to increase sales. I'd certainly encourage you to co…
 
My guest on this episode of the podcast is Jeff Leisawitz. His book, Not F*ing Around, was written with creative people in mind. It encourages the reader to get their creative dreams off the ground. He's also a life coach whose work is focused purely on creatives and helping them to achieve their creative goals. As it says on his website: "Jeff bur…
 
In this #AskALLi Advanced Self-Publishing Advice podcast, ALLi Director Orna Ross and author Joanna Penn explore the top ten myths about self-publishing and indie authors. Some people think all self-publishers are amateurs, that we can’t get our books into bookstores, that we never use trade publishers, that we can’t win prizes. Then there are the …
 
Authors and D2D Insiders Kevin Tumlinson and Mark Leslie Lefebvre take questions and chat live about what it's like to work as both authors and industry people. Learn how two authors juggle working on both sides of the self-publishing fence! //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing succe…
 
Alinka Rutkowska is the CEO of Leaders Press, a company that helps non-fiction authors, specifically in the business genre, hit the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best Seller List. In this interview, Alinka highlighted the importance of having an email list. While it's true that Amazon and Facebook ads can help you sell books, it's an email list…
 
What could you accomplish if you wrote 300 words a day every day for 30 days? Nicolas Cole and his business partner, Dickie Bush, put together the "Ship 30 for 30" challenge where they encourage writers to do just that. It's an excellent challenge if you want to tap into the power of small daily wins for your writing. Nicolas is the author of sever…
 
My guest this week is Mirinda Kossoff, who grew up in the small town of Danville, Virginia. And all she ever thought about during her childhood was to get out of Danville and begin a life of adventure and travel. She did that, until her father's suicide brought her full circle, back to Virginia, to rediscover her father, who had converted from Juda…
 
In this session ALLi Director and poet Orna Ross interviews Emma Blas about putting into practice what she learned from her first publication, second time out. The interview covers the things Emma did that most moved the needle on her sales. From recruiting an ARC group to doing a blog tour, from setting up a newsletter and social media to expandin…
 
James Breakwell is a professional comedy writer. He's the father of four girls who were the inspiration behind his popular Twitter account, which eventually went viral. And on the back of that, he produced a series of parenting books, but they're not you're usual parenting books. In this episode, James and I chat about what makes his parenting book…
 
Orna Ross is an award-winning novelist, poet and director of the Alliance of Independent Authors Find more about ALLi at www.allianceindependentauthors.org //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your m…
 
I know many authors who've thought about it, but few who have done it... written a children's book. As the parent of three children, it's certainly something that I have considered. One man who has leapt into children's fiction is John Mashni. He's recently written and published CinderToot, which is a take on the tale of Cinderella. Having read the…
 
Today, we will talk about Storytel's audiobook partnership with Spotify, which should give Audible a run for their money. Also, there are new ways authors can connect with fans. These are among the topics discussed on Self-Publishing News with Alli News Editor Dan Holloway and book editor Howard Lovy. Together, they will bring you the latest in ind…
 
Feeling confused and afraid by the prospect of using AI in your writing career? In this session, Holly Payne, CEO of Booxby, sets out to demystify artificial intelligence and reveal how it can benefit indie authors by amplifying unique voices. Plus, a look into Booxby itself and the tools available to grow your author platform. This is a post from …
 
Have you ever used prompts or constraints to inspire your creativity? Herbert Lui is a well-known freelancer. He’s written for top publications like Lifehacker and Fast Company, and I also know him as the guy who introduced me to the Zettelkasten method, which changed how I research and write books. Herbert also runs his own business, helping compa…
 
Timothy Cerepaka has written in multiple genres under several pen names, but he's best known as superhero author Lucas Flint. He is the author of young adult The Superhero's Son series and the superhero LitRPG Capes Online series, among many others. He currently lives in Central Texas. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// L…
 
Fantasy and non-fiction author, Richie Billing, has written several fantasy books and collaborated with other authors. In this episode, I chat with Richie about his writing process for fantasy, world-building, and collaborating with other authors across the genre. Richie's day job is in digital marketing, and so it stands to reason that he would us…
 
Orna Ross and Sacha Black outline the bare bone basics of book production and promotion. Yes, in an ideal world you hire a professional editor, cover designer, and marketing assistant. In reality, when starting out, most indie authors find both time and money are in short supply. So what’s essential, and what can you skip for now? Tune in to find o…
 
Can you build a long and successful career as a writer? My guest on this episode is Linguistics professor Julie Tetel Andresen. Not only has she published more than 35 books, but she also writes in many different genres, including romance, police procedurals, and crime thrillers. I encourage you to listen until the end of the episode, as Julie reve…
 
Quadragenarian fitness model, lifestyle coach and bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Feast of Fates, Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing Four Feasts till Darkness series. He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively wr…
 
Have you ever considered writing fiction for young adults? In this episode, I chat to Zara Miller, whose first book, I Am Cecilia, is about to be published. It’s a romance aimed at young adults. We talk about her process for writing young adult fiction and romance, and she explains how she also writes fanfiction set in the Riverdale universe, which…
 
My guest this week is Ankur Mahajan, who turned his childhood desire to travel into a career of working to help people who live in war zones like Afghanistan. Along the way, he learned all the rich subtleties of foreign cultures. In his book, Life Beyond Bullets, Ankur wanted readers to walk away with a sense of what it's like to live in these beau…
 
Do I need sample edits for my book? This is among the questions answered on our #AskALLi Members Q&A is 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. Our questions this month include: Can I use someone else’s trademark in my book title? When …
 
Journaling is very popular right now, but could you produce a book from your journal entries? I'm writing a parenting book at the moment, and journaling is the approach that I'm using. I wrote journal entries about the sorts of things that my kids got up to, then, when I was ready to write the book, I reorganized the entries and turned them into ch…
 
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