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Self-Publishing Advice & Inspirations

Aug 25, 2017

Ep#65: Welcome to Ask ALLi, the Self-Publishing Advice Podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. In a monthly salon type discussion, Orna Ross, Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors and Joanna Penn, of, talk about the latest tools and trends of interest to emerging and experienced self-publishing authors.

Topics discussed this week include:

  • Using Editors and Beta Readers
  • The impact of dictating on a first draft
  • Evolution of your writing process
  • The importance of an author blog
  • Are you a Rewriter or Polisher?
  • Our new ALLi Publications Manager
  • How to Create Anything
  • Large Print Editions
  • Physical Book Stores
  • Blockchain for Books
  • Amazon KDP Select Changes
  • Micro Payments
  • Facebook Chat Bots
  • Authors carving their own path
  • Benefits of Co-writing with other authors

Our weekly Self-Publishing Advice broadcast is brought to you by ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors. This Advanced Self-Publishing Salon is one of four regular shows, which include an ALLi Member Q&A, a beginners' salon and a special guest highlight presentation from the Indie Author Fringe, ALLi’s free online author conference.

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. You can do that at

Now, go write and publish.

About the Hosts

Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as writing non-fiction for authors. She is also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013. She spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporations across the globe before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur in September 2011. Connect with Joanna on Twitter @thecreativepenn

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. Connect with Orna on Twitter @OrnaRoss