Ethical Self-Publishing Services
The terms “self-publishing” and “indie author” can be misleading. Every good book is a collaboration and author-publishers need good editors, designers, formatters, distributors and book promotion services to help them produce good books and reach their readers.
But authors must make their publishing choices in an unregulated environment:
- where some services are run by people who are knowledgeable, dedicated, helpful and fair but others are clueless, greedy, callous and manipulative.
- where the same service can cost $500 against $15,000, for pretty much the same thing, depending on where you shop.
- where operations of poor repute dominate the information stream, including Google Ads/search.
No wonder many authors are confused or overwhelmed.
ALLi has a number of services to help steer authors through what one of our watchdogs, Victoria Strauss, has called self-publishing’s “shark-infested waters”.
Watchdog & Service Ratings
ALLi’s watchdog desk is headed by John Doppler and Jim Giammatteo with input from community and member feedback and other vigilant author advisors like David Gaughran and Mick Rooney of The Independent Publishing Magazine.
From this information, mystery shopping, other online and offline research and member feedback, ALLi is able to provide authors with service ratings, warnings against rogue operators and recommendations of good services, globally. We publish an annual overview of this work as a guide for authors: Choosing A Self-Publishing Service.
And we amplify the information in this book with blog posts in our Author Advice Centre and Watchdog Reports in our member zone.
We admit selected freelancers and companies that are happy to abide by our Code of Standards and vetted by our team as Partner Members of our alliance and connect them with author members in the following ways:
Our Directory of services is widely distributed, both to our members and within the author community. All Partner Members get a free listing and may also advertise within the Directory. Only vetted services within.
Our “Find A Service” Search function in the member zone allows authors to search for services, using keywords, service and/or location.
Discounts & Deals
Partner Members can offer Discounts and deals to Author Members
Choosing A Self-Publishing Service
In this annually updated publication Jim Giammatteo, one of our watchdogs, draws on his extensive knowledge to compare the most significant self-publishing services, tell you what they do and don’t do, what they charge and for what. Offerings are categorized, prices examined, royalty structures broken down, terms and conditions trawled, small print scrutinized, and claims checked against the experience of real-life authors who have actually used these services. Members receive a free copy on joining. Also for sale in our Self-Publishing Advice Centre, and all good outlets.
Ethical Self-publishing Services are a highly valued strand in our alliance.