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Self-Publishing Advice & Inspirations

Oct 23, 2019

Has ALLi ever heard of certain shady publishers? That is among the questions answered this month on our monthly Member Q&A, where ALLi Members’ have their most pressing self-publishing questions analyzed and answered. Join your hosts for the Member Q&A: Partner Liaison and US Ambassador Michael La Ronn and ALLi Director Orna Ross. 

Questions this month include:

  • I published my book with a publisher, the publisher did a bad job, and now I got my rights back.
  • I want to self-publish, but "used" copies of the original publication are still available. How do I market my book around the early edition?
  • Has ALLi ever heard of certain publishers that might be suspected of being shady?
  • If I make a change to my book, do I need to register a copyright for it again?
  • How can I find a children's book illustrator?
  • Where can I find information on starting my author business?

Also ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway joins Multimedia Manager Howard Lovy to discuss Digital Rights Management (DRM) and why indie authors are choosing not to encrypt their books. Also, they discuss the further rise of audiobooks through the growth of Storytel and other subscription services.

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. You can do that at

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:

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.