The Alliance of Independent Authors has released its recent guide to all things self-publishing, and this year awarded its inaugural service award to Smashwords and its founder, Mark Coker, for the work the company has done in furthering the cause of indie authorship. Good e-Reader spoke to ALLi’s founder and director Orna Ross about the guide, and what it means for authors who are considering self-publishing.
“I’m personally looking forward to meeting ALLi members, advisors and friends in New York” Orna Ross, director of ALLi said, speaking of the book’s official launch at BookExpo. “And delighted to be launching the latest update of our services guide at the new Author Hub at BEA. Many authors feel paralysed by choice when faced with the array of self-publishing alternatives before them. Our watchdog team have done the hard work of research and comparison, so we can point a clear pathway through the rapidly changing, and often confusing, landscape of author services.”
According to the book’s introduction, the internet is lousy with “sharks in the waters,” individuals and companies alike who have made a reputation for taking thousands of dollars from authors who dared to hope that someone would read their books. Instead of an enjoyable book, these authors are left bankrupt while holding a product that is barely worth the paper it’s printed on. ALLi’s guidebook helps alleviate a lot of those problems by rating different well-known companies, as well as offer a wealth of information for authors who are starting out.
“The guidebook, compiled by ALLi’s watchdog team – including Victoria Strauss, Mick Rooney and Giacomo Giammatteo – is a comparison of a representative sample of the key self-publishing service players. Featuring case studies, service analysis and the experiences of author-publishers and ALLi members, the guide is a timely and indispensable source of knowledge for anyone considering self-publishing as an option.”
This resource guide is available now in both digital and print by clicking HERE.