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ALLi Watchdog

The ALLi Watchdog Desk upholds our Code of Standards, closely observes the self-publishing industry, issues a ratings guide and warnings about substandard companies. It also oversees ALLi’s Partner Member facility.

John Doppler: Heads up ALLi’s Watchdog Desk
John Doppler: Heads up ALLi’s Watchdog Desk

The Watchdog desk is headed by John Doppler and ALLi Resources Director, Philip Lynch, with input from ALLi members and other vigilant members of the author community, including Jim Giammatteo, Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware!, activist David Gaughran and Mick Rooney, editor of The Independent Publishing Magazine.

For advice on choosing a good self-publishing service, see our book, authored by JohnJohn Doppler Doppler and edited by Director Orna Ross: Choosing the Best Self-Publishing Companies and Services: How To Self-Publish A Book

Open letter from Giacomo ‘Jim’ Giammatteo, on behalf of the ALLi Watchdog Desk.

Giacomo 'Jim' Giammatteo

Dear Members and Friends,

Our goal at ALLi is to not only promote ethics and excellence among authors but to help ensure that writers can produce the best possible product, without being exploited or misled, and without being charged inflated prices, or offered under-performing services.

We spend a lot of time analyzing companies who provide services to authors. Anything ALLi members and friends can do to help with this time-consuming task would be greatly appreciated.

By help, we mean letting us know if you’ve had a bad experience with a company, and providing us with details.

We also want to hear good feedback, as it is just as important to alert members to the companies that are doing it right. Many of these better services join our alliance as Partner Members and you can contact them through our database and Directory.

One of the biggest problems in this new era of publishing is misinformation. And the problem is huge. Some of the biggest and most popular self-publishing sites are rife with misinformation and one-sided opinions stated as fact.

At ALLi, we strive to give the facts. If a watchdog offers an opinion, we will state so beforehand, by saying something like: “In my opinion,” or “In my experience.”

Your feedback informs our work. Let’s work together on weeding out those companies that take advantage of self-publishers, while bringing to light the companies who focus on helping us improve the professionalism in our industry.

Our thanks in advance for your help.

Send as much information as possible through the contact form below

With thanks
Jim Giammatteo.
On behalf of the ALLi Watchdog Team

Again: All details on this form and all communication will be treated as highly confidential, if you so wish. No actions will ever be taken by ALLi without your express permission.