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Self-Publishing Advice & Inspirations

Jan 4, 2018

Ep#80: Welcome to Ask ALLi, the Self-Publishing Advice Podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week it’s our monthly Member Q&A where ALLi Members’ have their most pressing self-publishing questions analyzed and answered. Join your regular hosts for the Member Q&A: indie author's David Penny & Debbie Young.

Summary of our Ask ALLi Self-Publishing Member Q&A Topics:

  • Q: How do I stop my margins jumping about when formatting my book in Word?
  • Q: How do you position your book in the marketplace when your rebranding and relaunching the 2nd edition version?
  • Q: How do you choose your categories when your in a narrow niche?
  • Q: How do you market a book if you want to use a pseudonym?
  • Q: Should I use a paid service called Indie Book Reviewers website?
  • Q: I find Facebook Ads daunting, are there simple resources and instructions available?

Our weekly Self-Publishing Advice broadcast is brought to you by ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors. This Member Self-Publishing Q&A is one of four regular shows, which include a more advanced salon, 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 your hosts

ALLi’s Technical Manager David Penny is the author of the best selling Thomas Berrington Historical Mystery series set in the final years of Moorish Spain, and before returning to writing full time he worked in education, printing and publishing, and for 25 years ran his own software company. Connect with David on Twitter @DavidPenny_

ALLi’s Publications Manger Debbie Young enjoys sharing best practice with our members around the world, as well as running two local authors’ groups and the Hawkesbury Upton Lit Fest on her home turf. Small wonder, then, that her cosy mystery series, the Sophie Syers Village Mysteries, is set in a small English village populated with authors and booksellers. Connect with Debbie on Twitter @DebbieYoungBN