Authors – and the Alliance

This year, as well as the writing work, I’ve also been undertaking coaching – both individual sessions and workshops with small groups.

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I’ve been self-publishing since 2012 and since then, there have been so many changes it’s important to keep up to speed.

coaching 3When I get questions from future authors about their work, these can range from structural and editing issues to questions about the nuts and bolts of traditional publishing vs self-publishing.

Because the publishing industry is changing so rapidly, it’s crucial to be aware of all the options.

One of the most useful things for me as an author, and also recently, as a coach, has been my membership of ALLi – the Alliance of Independent Authors.

ALLi is a great resource for the soon-to-be or already self-published author, not least because wherever you are based, there are people on hand who can help you with your self-publishing questions, through a lively private Facebook group and regular Q&A podcasts. There’s also a fantastic collection of blog posts on many aspects of self-publishing and a service directory, giving information on providers who can help you to publish your work, if opt for the assisted route.

Personally, I’ve found the Facebook forum fantastic, as well as the chance to network with other authors, both online and in person, through meetings and events.

Should you be considering self-publishing, or maybe even be self-published already, I can’t recommend ALLi highly enough. See you online!

coaching 2One last word – if you’re in the UK, and looking to bring your book into being, or want guidance on the practical steps involved in self-publishing or marketing your book, check out my coaching page.

I also offer manuscript appraisal, editing and proofreading as well as one-to-one consultations (in person or by phone) for when you need specific assistance. Take your work to the next level!

In September, we’re running workshops in York in the UK – see the links below for more information. Make your book happen!

Stepping into Self-publishing: getting your book to market

Stepping into Self-publishing: marketing your book

york-minster- ellie stevenson writing workshop


Research, Litfests and How to Make your Book Happen

antiquitiesSeveral months have gone by, and what have I been doing? I’m not sure, time goes so fast, but I have been researching my next novel – by doing a course in art crime and the illegal trade in antiquities – and it’s fascinating, if rather sad. I haven’t got to the art crime yet, but what I have learnt is that antiquities are stolen from historic sites in places like South America and Cambodia, to feed the appetites of rich collectors, which is a tragedy and travesty in many ways.

First, the items are now ‘out of context’, so even if they are subsequently recovered and returned to their country of origin, vital knowledge of their heritage has now been lost. Secondly, much of the money made in this illicit industry is made by the people at the top of the chain, when they sell the items to wealthy collectors, whereas the people on the ground (literally!) are often subsistence diggers who work for pitifully small amounts to feed their families.

It’s a fascinating, but difficult story, and I’m looking forward to learning more. Fortunately, nowadays, more museums and galleries are becoming aware of the need to be vigilent when receiving artefacts and art treasures. This is SO important, because while there is legislation in some countries, which goes some way towards limiting such trade, there is no international legislation or policing to protect such treasures.

The course I am doing is on FutureLearn – which is an amazing resource for a whole variety of online learning opportunities – from the power of colour to England in the time of Richard III. And the courses are free. Check it out.

Eventbrite banner for York Making your Book Happen eventChanging the subject, I’m running some writing workshops over the next few months. The next one is in York, on 13 March and is called Motivation & Moving Forward: how to make your book happen. It’s for writers with a work in progress, who want to complete, and are in need of help with motivation or practical issues. The last one was great fun, and what better place to have a writing workshop, than in lovely York.

Do come along if you’re in the york_night-writing-workshop-bingarea and the workshop interests you. Full details can be found here, and there are discounts available.

Speaking of great places to go, the next workshop is in equally lovely Stratford-upon-Avon, on 25 March, and is on writing for magazines – both non-fiction & short stories. You can find out more here.

Going back to York, for a minute, the writing workshop is three days before the York Literature Festival – also worth checking out if you’re in the area. In fact, with so many litfests (one in Stratford-upon-Avon in April, and one in Hawkesbury Upton, near Bath also in April – I’m reading at that one), it’s a wonder I’ll have any time to do any writing at all…

Hawkesbury Upton LitFest web page