Friends with Benefits
Indie Authors Monthly magazine.
A plethora of sites exist for advertising and promoting a book title. While many are noteworthy, their value can be limited to the hope the advertising will result in additional book sales.
Author Associations are often overlooked as a resource and advertising opportunity. While there is a membership fee, the cost can be recouped through discounts and services that are provided.
The Independent Book Publishers Association, IBPA, is a not-for-profit organization for independent authors and publishers. According to their website, they are the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. IBPA offers an extensive list of discounted services.
These include but are not limited to advertising, bookstore catalogs, business services such as discounts for FedEx, Dell, and Staples. Other discounts are offered for design services, distribution, and editing. For users of Grammarly, there is a very nice discount. The printing services includes free title setup and revisions for titles loaded to IngramSpark.
The Alliance of Independent Authors, ALLi, (pronounced al-eye, not al-ee) is a nonprofit association that is run by indie authors for indie authors. In addition to discounts for numerous self-publishing services, they offer an international array of networking opportunities.
Association of Independent Authors, AiA, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the independent author. “Our vision: independent publishing will be the preferred, first choice, for all authors.” http://www.independent-authors.com/
Romance Writers of America, (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose goal is to promote the interest of romance writers. Based in Houston, Texas, the association includes 120 local, online, and international chapters.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Their site states they are the only professional, nonprofit organization, specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults. Their mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.
For authors of western novels, the Western Writers of America, WWA, boasts historians, nonfiction authors, young adult, romance writers, songwriters, poets, and screenwriters for film and television. “We all have one thing in common—our work in every medium is set in the ever-changing American West.”
Mystery Writers of America is dedicated to mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.
State or regional associations also provide networking opportunities to connect with other authors in your locale. These are just a few.
Georgia Writers Organization
Pacific Northwest Writers Association
Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association
Florida Authors & Publishers Association
Texas Author’s Association