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Membership FAQ

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Am I eligible to join?

ALLi has three grades of author member, from Associate/Students to Authorpreneur:

  • Author Membership
    For authors who have self-published a full-length book for adults (50,000+) or equivalent e.g books for children, a substantial collection of shorter works, a full poetry collection.
  • Authorpreneur Membership
    For full-time author-publishers, earning their living through book sales. Professional Members have sold a minimum of 50,000 books in the past two years and applications are assessed.
  • Associate/Student Membership
    For creative writing, multimedia or publishing students with an interest in author-publishing; or a not-yet-published writer preparing a book for author-publication.

And we also have two categories of Partner Member

  • Services Partner Membership
    For self-publishing services and companies Partner Members range from sole trader, freelance editors and designers to large scale distributors like Amazon and Ingram. All are vetted by our watchdog service.
  • Organization Partner Membership
    For local, national, genre or special interest associations for authors

Full details and pricing for all our memberships are available on the Joining Page.

How do Service Partner Members work with Author Members?

ALLi wants to commend good self-publishing-services while alerting writers to rogue providers and those who overcharge, under-deliver, or in any way exploit writers. Author services (including, but not limited to, manuscript assessment, editorial, design and formatting, printing, distribution, book-selling, marketing and rights licensing) are, therefore, invited to join ALLi and be willing to adhere to our Code of Standards and to be vetted by our watchdog service.

Once accepted as a Service Partner Member, you can reach out to Author Members in a variety of ways. You get a listing in our ‘Find A Service’ database in the member area and in the Partner Member Directory in our guidebooks. You can chat with Author Members and offer service in our private member groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. You can feature on our blog and news updates and you can offer discounts and deals to author members, and have the opportunity to sponsor our programs.

Good self-publishing services are a valued strand in our alliance.

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 instantly 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. Please also whitelist as a contact to ensure that you receive your member communications, magazine and other benefits.

Potential Service Partner Members are assessed 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, there is the opportunity to explain and make changes if necessary. If improvement or alignment is not forthcoming, membership is reneged and full fees refunded. Authorpreneur Membership is also assessed. Authorpreneur and Service Partner member badges are sent after assessment.

How often do I pay?

Your membership fee (see joining page) is annual.

How is my membership fee used?

We are a non-profit. All funds go into the organisation for the benefit of our members, helping to run our campaigns, advocacy and education programmes and keeping our joining costs low and almost all our services free to members.

What if it’s not right for me?

We want our members to benefit from membership and are confident that you will. You can cancel your membership, with full refund, anytime in the first two months.

I have an offer from an agent/publisher/author-service. Can ALLi help?

Yes. We have a number of advisors who can look at our member’s contracts and agreements and offer independent advice.

Is there a discount for groups?

If you would like a group membership (for more than 5 members), please contact the Alliance directly to discuss.

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