ALLi Advisors are publishing and self-publishing experts who offer trusted advice to our members.
Enterprise & Artificial Intelligence Advisor
“Self-publishing is for those with entrepreneurial spirit.”
Jane is a former publishing & media exec who now teaches e-media full-time at the University of Cincinnati. She has spoken on writing, publishing, and the future of media at more than 200 events since 2001, including South by Southwest, BookExpo America, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
Jane has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, an essential publishing industry newsletter for authors
“You’re ready to go indie if you understand that it’s like embarking on a new business venture.”
Book Marketing Advisor
“Self-publishing is freedom and opportunity for anyone who chooses to share their content and stories with the world.”
Jim Kukral is a 18-year Internet marketing professional who was named by Dun & Bradstreet as one of “The Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter.” Jim also serves as a Program Faculty Member for the University of San Francisco’s Internet Marketing Program where he teaches classes to students around the globe on the topics of Internet marketing, entrepreneurship and social media. In addition, SmallBizTrends.com chose Jim as one of 100 top small business influencers online.
Jim is also the founder AuthorMarketingClub.com, a popular community that provides book marketing tools and training for authors.
Jim on ALLi:
ALLi understands the opportunity for independent authors in today’s new publishing world.”
“Indie publishing is a natural fit for independent-minded creatives.”
Mark is an award-winning poet who coaches creative professionals to achieve their artistic and professional ambitions. His poems appear in leading literary journals and he has published four books of career guidance for creatives. He contributed to two international best sellers published by 99U. The Russian editions of his books are published in Moscow by Mann, Ivanov & Ferber.
Mark is the host of The 21st Century Creative podcast.
“Forget the career ladder – start creating assets.”
Children’s Publishing Advisor
“There’s so much to learn with self-publishing, and it’s a process that is naturally empowering”
Karen Inglis is the author of The Secret Lake (8-11yrs), Eeek! The Runaway Alien (7-10 yrs), Henry Haynes and the Great Escape (6-8 yrs) and Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep (3-5 yrs). Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep is also available as an interactive book app and an enhanced eBook. Since first self-publishing in 2011 Karen has sold around 8,000 books – around a half in print. Her titles are stocked in independent bookshops and branches of Waterstones in southwest London. She regularly visits schools and has appeared as a speaker at a number of self-publishing events. If you’re a writer, also see her blog at selfpublishingadventures.com
Karen on ALLi:
“ALLi is the go-to organisation for any self-publisher”
“Self-publishing has made it possible for writers to control their work from inspiration to publication and beyond. Writers should take the time to understand licensing, the currency of the publishing industry. Any writer capable of mastering plot, characterization and story structure can learn the legalese to protect their rights and their wallets.”
When Helen Sedwick self-published her historical novel Coyote Winds, she found no legal guide to assist independent authors navigate the legal side of self-publishing.
So she used her 30 years of legal experience to cut through the legalese and write Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook. Her goal is to keep writers out of court and at their desks.
Helen on ALLi:
“ALLi has assembled a formidable team of the leaders in independent publishing. I am excited by the opportunity to be one of them.”
Academic Publishing Advisor
“Independent publishing, whether developed by the individual author or via a collective, has the ability to revolutionise learning, breaking down the knowledge barriers of entry and bringing the educator closer to the learning as never before.”
Andy Bromley is the Marketing Manager at Ingram Content Group, the world’s largest distributor of physical and digitally published content. He has experience in Higher Education publishing, previously working for Pearson Education and Academic publishing with Cambridge University Press, whilst also having experience in schools and tertiary education when working as the Resource Development Manager for the exam board OCR, part of Cambridge Assessment. Andy has particular interests in the types of publishing that supports learning, both professional development and formal education.
Andrew on ALLi:
“The best thing about being a part of ALLi is their unique ability to share intelligence from the smartest minds in the industry. There isn’t a day that goes by where I do not learn something new from reading a blog post, a news thread or having a direct conversation with an ALLi member.”
“Self-Publishing is the best thing to happen to this industry since the printing press.”
Ben Galley is a young indie author and purveyor of dark fantasy from rainy old England, who isn’t shy about admitting that he still believes in dragons.
As well as being the author of the epic and gritty Emaneska Series, Ben also works hard as a self-publishing consultant, sharing his passion for writing and publishing with upcoming authors. His newest book: Shelf Help – The Pocket Guide to Self-Publishing, can tell you all you need to know about self-publishing. Ben is also the proud co-founder and director of indie-only eBook store Libiro, which can be found at Libiro.com.
When he’s not causing mischief for the local populace, Ben can be found being loquacious and attempting to be witty on Twitter, or at his website.
Ben on ALLi:
“The best thing about being part of ALLi is the close-knit, friendly and helpful community of authors.”
“Self-publishing is like the Emancipation Proclamation for authors so long as they watch out for those people and organizations who take advantage of the unwary.”
David Vandagriff is an intellectual property attorney who works with contracts – negotiating them, writing them, analyzing them and helping clients understand them. He has experience, including litigation experience, with a wide variety of contracts, including contracts with some of the largest technology companies and financial institutions in the world.
Currently, in addition to software licensing and general business contracts, David has a particular interest in the types of contracts authors have signed and may be asked to sign, including contracts with publishers and agents. David blogs about book contracts and other topics of interest to authors on The Passive Voice.
David’s top tip:
“Don’t sign anything you haven’t read and understood because whenever someone asks for your signature, they’re asking you to make a legally-binding commitment.”
Poetry Books Advisor
Dalma Szentpály co-hosts the Self-Publishing Poetry salon. She works at PublishDrive as a self-publishing professional and has been a lifelong lover of poetry. A native Hungarian, she started learning about lyricism from poetry giants like Attila József and János Pilinszky but also recited brooding lines of verse from international poets like Pablo Neruda or Anna Ahmatova. In university, she fell in love with W.B. Yeats and Emily Dickinson and wrote her thesis about the “villanelle” form in Sylvia Plath’s poetry. As a university lecturer and an event manager at an independent bookstore in Budapest Dalma encouraged readers to re-engage with poetry. Check out her blog post about contemporary poetry trends.
Publishing Wide Advisor
With almost two million books sold to date, Adam Croft is one of the most successful independently published authors in the world and one of the biggest selling authors of the past few years, having sold books in over 120 different countries. In February 2017, Only The Truth became a worldwide bestseller, reaching storewide number one at both Amazon US and Amazon UK, making it the bestselling book in the world at that moment in time. The same day, Amazon’s overall Author Rankings placed Adam as the world’s most widely read author, with J.K. Rowling in second place. In March 2018, Adam was conferred as an Honorary Doctor of Arts, the highest academic qualification in the UK, by the University of Bedfordshire in recognition of his services to literature.
Literary Agent & Contract Advisor
“Self Publishing is a challenging business. Stay focused on your writing and find a way to manage the business in a way that subordinates its demands to your real job—storyteller.”
Ethan Ellenberg is President of the New York based Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency and has been working as an agent for more than 30 years. He is best known for his work in genre fiction of all kinds and represents a number of bestselling authors including John Scalzi, Dennis E. Taylor, Sharon Shinn, MaryJanice Davidson, Shelly Laurenston, Bertrice Small and others. He also represents top children’s talent including Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann, Golden Kite Award Winner Candace Fleming and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award winner Marthe Jocelyn.
He is the co-founder of Royalty Reminder, a web-based software application created for Authors to inventory and manage all their intellectual property.
Story Editing Advisor
“Writing a successful novel depends on your ability to edit, improve, and revise your work. Only when you master story editing, can you master storytelling.”
Combining her degree in computer mathematics with her success as a bestselling, award-winning author and fiction editor, Kristina Stanley is the creator and CEO of Fictionary – creative editing software for fiction writers and editors. She is a Fictionary Certified Story Coach.
Her novels include The Stone Mountain mystery series and Look the Other Way, and she’s the author of The Author’s Guide to Selling Book to Non-Bookstores. She’s a passionate guide-dog trainer and hiker.
“To edit your own story, try editing someone else’s. You’ll be amazed at what you learn that you can apply to your own story.”
“Self-publishing requires thorough research to understand and navigate a large industry. But, it can be a completely rewarding path for those who venture to put themselves out there and take a less traditional route to reaching out to others with their words and images.”
Linh Thoi is the founder of ltt ebooks, an eBook production company that provides eBook consultation and production services to authors and publishers. Linh began her publishing career in 2011 working in the digital departments of traditional publishers like Parragon Books and Workman Publishing. She then had a very fun stretch at Amazon helping to create the animated Harry Potter eBooks. Since 2016, Linh has been using her publishing, design and technical skills to provide authors and companies with advice and create digital versions of their projects. Linh is willing to tackle and offer help on any book genre, so feel free to reach out.
“Curb your expectations about how the digital version of your book will look and function compared to the print version. Be sure to do some research about the prevalent eBook formats and how they function. If you come into the digital process with an open mind (and hopefully some knowledge), you’ll be much much happier with the end results.”
“There has never been a better time for artists to prosper from their art. Self-publishing and its evolving technologies allow writers to make the move from author to entrepreneur. But with that move comes the responsibility to produce professional work using sound business practices.”
Kathryn Goldman is an intellectual property attorney who focuses her practice on the protection and enforcement of copyright and trademark rights for businesses and individuals. She represents creative professionals, writers, artists, photographers, and innovative entrepreneurs. Leaving 30 years in litigation behind her, Kathryn now focuses her work on keeping creatives out of court so they can create more work.
Kathryn runs the Creative Law Center where she teaches creatives and entrepreneurs how to protect their work so they can profit from it. The resources found at the Creative Law Center are concentrated on copyright and content protection, trademark and branding, and business building including the establishment of multiple income streams through licensing.
The rights in your creative work are like rabbits. You get a couple and you learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. (hat tip to John Steinbeck)