As promised, I am going to give my views on the ALLi Author Fringe Event, events I participated in, and my personal thoughts on what I learned/didn’t learn.
**Usually I do not attend my husband’s band practices, using that time as personal me time that I never get, but yesterday I did (and got a really scary/good/confusing offer), so I had to do the conference on Sunday (today). Makes it a little easier because I can scroll right past those events that do not interest me or pertain to me, such as non-fiction things.**
If you do not know, the ALLi Author Fringe Event is on online, 24-hour conference for writers by writers. It is free, for anyone. You just have to register. The em
ail you provide is necessary to giveaways. Usually it is held during the month of March. This event is held in person 3 times a year in April, May, and October (London, America, Frankfurt respectively).
A few guest speakers are Orna Ross (ALLi creator), Joanna Penn, KM Weiland, Adam Croft, and many many others. These are industry professionals who have been where you are, know what to look for, and are a huge help to any author/aspiring author out there.
The Fringe Event is one of my must-attend conferences for writers that I look forward to every single year because there is so much information provided to you by other indie/self-published writers who have been exactly where I am now and want to be. Whether it be editing, cover design, publishing process, beta readers…there is something for every single stage of self-publishing/writing and for all genres.
These are the events I attended, and keep in mind I was able to skip some of the events because I attended the day after when everything was said and done. These are just a few of the events I ‘attended’.
- Are You Making These Common Fiction Writing Mistakes?: K.M. Weiland
- Editors Discuss Where Writers Go Wrong: Ricardo Fayet
- How To Get Your Books Into Bookstores With Ingram Spark: Robin Cutler & Andy Bromley
And there are many other events related to editing, nonfiction, publishing, audio books, etc.
I always look forward to the Fringe Event because you get information you don’t easily find anywhere else. People don’t usually look at audio books as an option, but it could give you another stream of income that you really need. Think you know everything about cover design? Think again. There is always something new to learn, as publishing/self-publishing is an ever growing and ever-changing business.
Last year I took an entire 50 pages of notes, this year I just sat and listened and plan on going back later when I have more time to take notes. When I get that done I will share the pics on Twitter and Facebook.
Unfortunately, by the time I post this, the giveaways will be closed (but not as I am writing). BUT each event usually has a giveaway or discount for a sponsor’s services. Entry to the giveaways are usually tweets, Facebook likes, click, click, click things and you get a few entries depending on what you do. Then when the giveaway is over they will pick a winner(s) and email the person with the email given at registration. Then you follow whatever steps they give you.
Last year I won 2 giveaways and got some books, fiction not writing/self-publishing related and a mention in the winners newsletter. It’s far too early to know if I won anything this year, but it’s a neat little incentive and something to look forward to.
If you missed this year’s Fringe event, do not despair! The videos are all on the ALLi blog site and available to anyone who wants to check it out. The giveaways and comments are closed, but still there is no reason not to check it out.