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Self-Publishing Advice & Inspirations

May 22, 2020

Should I self-publish or traditionally publish? That's among the questions answered in this month's Members Q&A and Self-Publishing News Salon with Orna Ross, followed by Dan Holloway's news roundup.

Other questions this month include:

  • I am now published. Do I need to change my membership?
  • I want to write a biographical story that exposes racism I experienced, but I don't want to be sued for libel. How do I avoid that?
  • How do I preserve reviews if I publish a second edition of my book?
  • What website service does ALLi recommend to create my ecommerce website?
  • Where can I find the IngramSpark promo code for ALLi Members?

And more!

Also, News Editor Dan Holloway updates us on changes in ebook sales taxes and platform updates at Apple and IngramSpark. 

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

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.