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Alliance of Independent Authors Applauds Digital Book World for Opening Up to Indie Authors

Nashville, TN, September 28 – This is the future, now. ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, is celebrating the new wave of publishing represented by the Digital Book World (DBW) conference in Nashville, Tennessee, October 2-4, 2018.

ALLi applauds the move of DBW from old to new publishing, from the establishment to the fringe, and from NYC to Nashville.

“We love that it’s a conference which has flung the door open to publishers of every sort and size, from trade publishers to Amazon and Ingram and PublishDrive, to micro indie-publishers and self-publishing authors,” says Orna Ross, founder and director of ALLi.

Ross also supports DBW’s approach to innovation in storytelling, from voice tech to the blockchain. And that it is a conference embracing the broadest possible definitions of "book" and "publishing.” 

ALLi’s theme for the conference is:

True Independence for Authors Is Commercial and Creative Independence.

Authors who rely solely on trade publishers, or vanity services, or even a single good self-publishing service are not truly independent. For the first time, authors—like other creative entrepreneurs—can now build sustainable businesses, step by step. 

“Our main message to independent authors is about growing our independence by building sustainable author businesses,” says Ross. “We call this self-publishing 3.0. At our plenary session we will be explaining both why and how authors should do this, and at our workshop we will be empowering authors to do this.”

ALLi’s Digital Book World Activities

  • Booth 515, October 2 - 4
  • Plenary, Monday Oct 1, 12:45 – 1:45. Session #105: Running an Indie Author Business 
  • Fireside Chat, Tuesday, Oct 2, 1:30 – 2:15. Session #213: What's So Bad About Vanity Presses?
  • Workshop, Wednesday Oct 3, 1:40 – 2:25. Session #342: Self-Publishing 3.0: Building a Successful Author Business the Creative Way
  • Ingram Spark Tour, Friday, Oct 5, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Authors are also invited to join ALLi for a visit to the Nashville headquarters of Ingram Spark, a major global distributor and provider of print-on-demand services to indie authors and publishers. Advance registration is required as space is limited.
  • SELFPUBCon, Saturday, Oct 6, 24 hours starting at 10 a.m. GMT. ALLi’s online self-publishing advice conference is online and FREE for indie authors.     

ALLi will be highlighting two of its campaigns at the conference:

Director Orna Ross will also be pre-launching the first book in her series for creative entrepreneurs: Go Creative! A Map for Creative Entrepreneurs.

Self-Publishing for ALL

Through DBW's partnership with ALLi, independent authors are able to attend the conference at a special rate, giving author-publishers access to the most essential publishing gathering in the United States.

As part of our diversity program “Self-Publishing for All”, DBW and ALLi sponsored selected authors to attend Digital Book World 2018, with a scholarship covering full registration fees and lodgings.

The lucky scholarship winners are:

  • Eva Natiello 
  • Tikiri Herath, and
  • Maria Connor.

About ALLi

The Alliance of Independent Authors is the only global, non-profit association for self-publishing writers. ALLi’s aim is to foster excellence and ethics in self-publishing; to support authors in the making and selling of their books; and to advocate for author independence through the building of sustainable digital businesses.

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For further information: Boni Wagner-Stafford,, Toll-free from North America: 1-833-228-8467, Direct: 33-677-911-068