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Self-Publishing Advice & Inspirations

Jun 8, 2018

Welcome to AskALLi, 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: Michael La Ronn and Dan Blank.

Questions this month include

  • What is the best way to format bibliography/works cited at the end of my book so that it looks good in ebook and paperback?
  • What is the best way to build a team of publishing professionals around me?
  • Does Alli recommend PublishDrive? (Yes!)
  • Is it possible to distribute a 4x6 book on CreateSpace?
  • How do I go about getting permission to use a song lyric from a famous artist?
  • If you publish books wide, what is the best way to build a readership on smaller platforms that don't offer advertising services?
  • What is the easiest way to build an author website?

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.

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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.

Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia, where he helps writers and artists share their stories and grow their audience. He is the author of the book "Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work and Engaging an Audience."