What is Your Question About?
- Am I eligible to join?
- How do Partner Members work with Author Members?
- How are members assessed?
- How often do I pay?
- How is my membership fee used?
- What if it’s not right for me?
- I have an offer from an agent/publisher/author-service. Can ALLi help?
- Is there a discount for groups?
Am I eligible to join?
ALLi has four grades of member, from Associate Membership (those preparing to self-publish) to Authorpreneur (those earning their living from their author business):
- Author Membership
For authors who have self-published a full-length book for adults (50,000+) or children or substantial collection of shorter works/poetry. Also for writers who have trade-published who are now preparing to author-publish.
- Authorpreneur Membership
For full-time author-publishers, earning their living from their author business. Authorpreneur Members have sold a minimum of 50,000 books in the past two years, or page read or other business equivalents. Applications are assessed.
- Partner Membership
For self-publishing services and companies offering approved services to indie authors. ALLi Partner Members range from freelance editors and designers to large self-publishing services like Amazon KDP, Apple Books, Kobo Writing Life and IngramSpark. Applications are assessed by our watchdog desk.
- Associate/Student Membership
For authors preparing to self-publish their first book or creative writing, multimedia or publishing students with an interest in author-publishing.
Full details and pricing for all our memberships are available on the Joining Page.
How do Partner Members work with Author Members?
Good self-publishing services and companies are a highly valued strand in our alliance. ALLi wants to commend good services while alerting writers to rogue providers and those who overcharge, under-deliver, or in any way exploit writers. Services that adhere to our Code of Standards and to being vetted by our watchdog service are, therefore, invited to join ALLi as Partner Members.
Once accepted as a Partner Member, service providers can reach out to Author Members in a variety of ways. We run a ‘Find A Service’ database in the member area and an annual Partner Member Directory (updated with new members quarterly). Partners chat to Author Members and offer assistance in our private member groups on Facebook (no spamming allowed). Partners can feature on our blog and in our news updates. And we have a Discounts-and-Deals where partner members offer special benefits to author members. Some Author and Authorpreneur Members also offer self-publishing services and dual membership is possible. email@example.com?subject=”Author & Partner: Dual Membership”>Contact Philip
How are members assessed?
Associate and Author Memberships are open to all who meet the eligibility criteria (see above and on joining page) and you will receive a member badge for display on your website upon joining, together with your Welcome letter. If you do not receive this letter, please check your spam folder and whitelist @allianceindependentauthors.org as a contact.
Potential Partner and Professional Members are assessed by the Alliance team on joining, taking into account information supplied on application, feedback from other members and our watchdog services, other community word-of-mouth, research, Google rankings, social media presence and our Code of Standards. If we find something that doesn’t fit, we discuss it with the new member, offering them a chance to explain and make changes if necessary. If improvement or alignment is not forthcoming, membership is reneged and full fees refunded. Professional and Partner member badges are sent by the Professional and Partner Member Managers, after assessment.
How often do I pay?
Your membership fee (see joining page) is annual.
How is my membership fee used?
ALLi is a non-profit organization. All profits go back into the organization for the benefit of our members: paying our team and running our campaigns, advocacy and education programs, while keeping joining costs low, and many member services free.
What if it’s not right for me?
We want authors to enjoy their membership and all the member benefits we offer. However, if you find we are not a good fit for your needs, you can cancel your membership, with a no-quibble refund, anytime within the first two months of joining.
I have an offer from an agent/publisher/self-publishing-service but I don’t know if it’s a good offer. Can ALLi help?
Yes. We have advisors who look at member’s contracts and agreements and offer independent advice. This is general advice based on our experience of seeing many such contracts and on Director Orna Ross’s past experience in journalism, media and as a literary agent. We also offer good contract templates and samples for our members to compare and use themselves.
Is there a discount for groups?
We offer an Organization Membership for author groups, societies and organizations within specific territories and genre groups. All groups are welcome at different levels, from small creative writing groups to large national organizations. Please contact the Alliance directly to discuss.