21 Reasons to Join ALLi
Below are 21 reasons to join the Alliance of Independent Authors. Some of these are personal benefits, offering you discounts or deals, advice and community, support and guidance for your self-publishing endeavors. Others relate to our advocacy for the indie author community and our mission to further ethics and excellence in self-publishing.
ALLi is a non-profit organization so your membership fees help support our work on behalf of you and other self-publishing authors.
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- Trusted Self-Publishing Advice
- Worldclass Teachers & Advisors
- Your Questions Answered
- Contract Advice & Guidance
- Pro-Indie Translation & TV & Film Rights Agent
- Searchable Author Database
- Networking & Contacts
- Self-Publishing Services Watchdog
- Approved Publishing Services Database & Directory
- Support For Co-Operative Ventures
- Affiliate Programme
- Promote Your Book To Our Global Audience
- Collaborate with Role Models
- Self-Publishing Guides
- Quality Self-Publishing Resources
- Active Member Forums
- Upholding Ethics & Excellence in Self-Publishing
- Member Discounts & Deals
- Proudly Together For Each Other
- Nonprofit: Giving Back To The Indie Author Community
Trusted Self-Publishing Advice
The problem with self-publishing, especially when starting out, is not a lack of information but the opposite. ALLi members know they can trust the advice they receive. It’s been tried and tested by the community and its advisors and we are the only non-profit association for self-publishing authors.
Worldclass Teachers & Advisors
Advice and intelligence from Mark Coker, John Doppler, Joel Friedlander, Jane Friedman, David Gaughran, Jim Kukral, Joanna Penn, Helen Sedwick and many more, plus a free 24-hour conference three times a year. Our advisor network is simply the best in the self-publishing world. And all are incredibly supportive of our members.
Your Questions Answered
Everybody self-publishes differently so we offer a number of opportunities to have your questions answered directly, including a monthly Member Only Q&A with Director Orna Ross and Advisor Joanna Penn.
Contract Advice & Guidance
Free legal guidance and feedback on publishing and self-publishing contracts.
Pro-Indie Translation & TV & Film Rights Agent
ALLi works with Toby Mundy Associates / Ed Victor Ltd, a dedicated, self-publishing-friendly literary agent, to negotiate TV, film and translation rights for many of our members
Searchable Author Database
Be listed in our searchable ‘Find An Indie Author’ member database, trawled by literary festivals, event organizers, journalists, publishers, literary agents, self-publishing platforms and anyone who wants access to successful self-publishers.
Networking & Contacts
Benefit from ALLi’s growing reputation, contacts and connections with publishing and self-publishing experts. Since 2013, our founder, Orna Ross, has been named “one of the 100 most influential people in publishing” by The Bookseller. ALLi connects with book fairs, booksellers, distributors, literary festivals, self-publishing services and rights managers on your behalf. We bring the three big publishing fairs, London, BEA & Frankfurt, to you each year through the Indie Author Fringe online and take your books and services with us wherever we go in our directories and databases. Support from, and close connection to, Amazon, Apple, Draft2Digital, IngramSpark, Kobo and Smashwords.
Self-Publishing Services Watchdog
We offer independent evaluation of self-publishing service. Mick Rooney, Victoria Strauss, David Gaughran and others contribute their knowledge to our Watchdog Desk, headed up by John Doppler and Jim Giammatteo. We also have a vetted Partner Membership for those offering approved services, from freelance designers and editors to Amazon KDP and Apple iBooks. From this input, we produce an annually updated guidebook, How To Choose A Self-Publishing Service (like all our guides, free to members).
Approved Publishing Services Database & Directory
In our member zone, we offer a searchable database of our Partner Members, companies and individuals who offer good resources to writers, through each of the seven stages of the publishing process. All have been vetted and approved. Twice a year we produce a Directory that collates the listings, giving authors a convenient trusted services directory.
Support For Co-Operative Ventures
Author Members get together to share book launches and events. Author and Partner Members benefit from knowing and working with each other. Creative collaboration is what we’re all about.
Promote Your Book To A Global Audience
Online presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, PaperLi, YouTube and Google+
Searchable member database with book profiles
Opportunities to guest on the Self-Publishing Advice blog and present at our Indie Author Fringe
Members’ Showcase online and at book fairs and events
Collaborate with Role Models
There are many ways to self-publishing success. Our most successful members share the nitty-gritty, what worked for them, in blog posts, events and forums.
Free to our members: Guides to the various aspects of Author Publishing. Updated regularly, packed with solid information, service comparisons and case histories, written by indie authors for indie authors.
Quality Self-Publishing Resources
We offer a daily self-publishing advice blog, weekly blog digest, a directory of vetted author services, a monthly member newsletter, a podcast and many other quality self-publishing resources
Active Member Forums
Our Member forums are consistently cited as one of our members’ favourite benefits. Get advice on any aspect of self-publishing. This is a safe space to ask questions and get answers, learn and give back, receive motivation and support from other members and advisors and harness the wisdom of our extensive global group. Our Professional Members have their own forum.
We promote the interests of indie authors within the literary, self-publishing and trade-publishing industries. Through ALLi’s strength in numbers, you have clout. Your voice is heard.
Our ongoing campaign, Open Up To Indie Authors, encourages and aids literary events, festivals, book prizes, reviewers, booksellers and other interested parties to find ways to include self-publishing authors. This includes a guidebook of the same name and a petition to raise awareness.
Get paid to belong. Every member automatically becomes an ALLi affiliate. If you get an author friend to join, we will refund you 30% of their membership fee.
Upholding Ethics & Excellence in Self-Publishing
All our members abide by a code of ethics and excellence. We provide an Ethical Author badge if you would like one for your website.
Member Discounts & Deals
Great discounts with self-publishing services, printers, designers, editors, proofreaders, PR and marketing agencies, rights managers and also for key literary and publishing events like London Book Fair and Book Expo America. Save on your subscription fee many times over.
Proudly Together For Each Other
An indie author is a creative director, overseeing the writing, making and selling of one or more books, from conception to completion. That’s one great achievement when it’s done well. We know this movement is great for all writers, whether or not they choose to self-publish and ALLi members are proud of our indie status and carry that pride into all our ventures, negotiations and collaborations, with publishers, services and other authors.
Nonprofit: Giving Back To The Indie Author Community
All our profits are reinvested in our organization, for the benefit of our members and the wider indie community. We’re not just an organization, we’re part of a movement. Join in to help our work and further this exciting transformation in how books are being written, published and read.