C’mon down to Indie Recon 2015!


If you’re a writer or editor involved with self-publishing, set aside April 15-17, 2015 to attend Indie Recon online.

Indie Recon is a global conference providing the best advice and education for independent-minded authors across the world, particularly those with an interest in self-publishing.

The conference will feature a mix of online educational seminars, workshops discussions and masterclasses; culminating in a reader-centred Indie Author Fringe Fest live from The London Book Fair’s Book and Screen Week, on Friday 17th April.

Held at Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross, the largest independent bookstore in London, the Fringe Fest will offer exciting ways for readers to meet indie authors and discover great reads.

This year the Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi) has joined forces with the organisers of Indie Recon to present an even bigger and better conference experience, leveraging off its highly experienced membership.

In line with ALLi’s mission to be a global organisation for authors everywhere, the event will be live streamed, so authors and readers who can’t be in London can take part online.

That means you and I can tune in and take part.

See you there!

Women writing women smashing boundaries


Some of my favourite authors and self-publishers have banded together to promote their work as part of a box set. It looks absolutely stunning, and yes I’m rushing off to grab my own copy of this limited edition e-anthology.

Self-publishing authors and Alliance of Independent Authors members Jessica Bell, Roz Morris, Orna Ross, Joni Rodgers, Kathleen Jones, Jane Davis, and Carol Cooper all feature in ‘The Magnificent Seven’.

You can read more about this bold publishing experiment over at the blog of participating author Roz Morris.

Collectives and coalitions are shaping up as a serious marketing force for professional self-publishers – I’m keen to see how this works out for the authors involved in terms of boosting book sales and general visibility. I’m sure they’ll be blogging about it!


A new age in publishing…


ALLI member David Mattichak has posted a great summary of the state of play in publishing and where independent publishing fits in over at his popular blog www.dgmattichakjr.com.

“Whether we like it or not, we have entered into a brave new world of writing and publishing across a range of media and books is only one of them. The fact is that there will always be bad books and there will always be good books, and the difference between them will be decided by the people that read them, not the people that publish them.”

Well said David!