ALLi Ambassador for SwitzerlandIf you’re an indie author who takes the role seriously, you probably already know about ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors).

I joined right at the start and am so relieved I did. ALLi is a non-profit organisation which offers a whole range of benefits. Advice, worldclass advisors, free online seminars, workshops, IndieRecon Conference & member Q&A Sessions,  free legal/contracts advice, help selling translation & TV & film rights, a searchable imagesAuthor Database, useful contacts in publishing, a Services Watchdog, a Publishing Services Directory, support for cooperative ventures, a global audience, free Self-Publishing Guides, quality Self-Publishing resources, Crowdfunding tips, campaigns on behalf of all indies, a commitment to quality standards, great discounts and opportunities to participate on larger platforms.

The Ethical Author campaign, of which I’m an enthusiastic supporter, encourages ALLi authors to behave with principles and decency at all times.

Three examples of how I’ve personally benefitted from my ALLi membership:

ALLi members at London Book Fair

ALLi members at London Book Fair

Answers. Anything you need to know will be answered in minutes on the ALLi Facebook page. As a global group from the mighty to the tiny, someone, somewhere will know how to help.

Exposure. Last year I got the chance to read from my work at the Audible/ALLi event at London Book Fair.

Opportunities. I published Cold Pressed directly onto Nook, at the suggestion of well-informed ALLi members. The result? Picked as Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller in their first ever Indie Picks.

Best of all, I’ve made a brilliant range of contacts and friends through meeting at ALLi events, not to mention discovering some wonderful writers and books.

This is why I happily embraced the offer to become the ALLi Ambassador for Switzerland. Not just because I always fancied being some kind of ambassador for Switzerland, but because I can honestly vouch for the advantages of membership.

If you’re in Swiss-based, come and find out more about the benefits. There are two events lined up for the first quarter of this year:

writers brunchWriters’ Brunch: At the Restaurant im Viadukt in Zürich on Sunday, 25th January for some warming writerly conversation and all the latest on books, publishing, workshops and storytelling. 10am-midday. FREE!

The Woolf’s Spring workshop on 21st and 22nd March. The theme is Pathways for Writers. Details to follow, but mark your diaries—we have an amazing line-up of guest speakers! Keep an eye out on the facebook page or the Nuance Words website. The focus will be on routes to publication, making a living as a writer, support in Switzerland and beyond, plus advice on resources, service providers, markets for your work and finding your niche.

If you’re not in Switzerland, you can find an ALLi ambassador near you.

How much to become a member of ALLi? $99/£75/€89/CHF100 per year.

Find out which membership is right for you HERE and come join the tribe!