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/Students to Professional:
- 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.
- Professional 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.
- Partner Membership
For organisations offering necessary services to author-publishers. 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.
- 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.
Full details and pricing for all our memberships are available on the Joining Page.
How do Partner Members work with Author Members?
ALLi wants to commend good author-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) are, therefore, invited to join ALLi as partner members, that adhere to our Code of Standards and to being vetted by our watchdog service.
Once accepted as a Partner Member, service providers 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 on our page for that purpose.
Good author-services are a highly 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 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?
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 three 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.