Self-publishing authors have a fair bit to do: Write, edit and format books, design covers, learn how to use Kindle Direct Publishing (and other publishing outlets) and explore how to best make use of social media to market their work. The following is a list of resources which I found to be the most helpful with the self-publishing process:
The Book Designer is put together by Joel Friedlander, and it covers all aspects of self- publishing. The site is easy to navigate and has popular posts grouped together on the home page with articles put into categories. Personally, I’ve learned a lot from Joel’s site and from the authors who guest-write posts on his behalf. Take a look at the ‘Start Here’ section on the home page to introduce yourself to the scope of articles which are available.
You’ll find more than 2,000 blog posts and articles, hundreds of learning tools, and lots of free advice on how to tell your story to the world on Joan’s site. If you’re having trouble deciding how best to market and promote your book, then there are numerous articles here that will help. Joan is also great at blogging and shares tips to help you improve your author blog posts
The Creative Penn is Joanna Penn’s superb website. This is where you’ll find her excellent blog designed to help other writers avoid making the same mistakes as she has by sharing her own personal experiences of the self-publishing world. Her blog has been voted one of the Top Ten blogs for writers and self-publishers. You can find information there on writing, editing, publishing and book marketing.
Francis Caballo is an author who loves social media and helping other authors to use it more effectively. As she says on her website: “social media is how you build trust with prospective readers, deepen relationships with the readers you already have, and boost traffic to your website and online venues where readers can purchase your books”. If you haven’t used social media prior to self-publishing, then you need to visit Francis’s site.
Sean Platt, and his friends David Wright and Johnny B. Truant, wrote the book ‘Write. Publish. Repeat’. Anyone thinking about self-publishing should definitely read it. They also write a blog together about their individual projects and offer advice and resources to fellow indie authors. The blog discusses many things, including topics such as the muse, book cover design and pen names.
Kristen’s Blog, Warrior Writers, is full of articles for writers and those trying to get used to using social media. She is very supportive of other writers and regularly offers a monthly critique to those who link to her blog. She shares information in order to help new authors build their platform and work towards publication of their work.
Anne writes her blog with Ruth Harris, and it has been voted in the top 101 Websites for Authors by Writers Digest. The blog contains a range of articles about writing, how to get yourself successfully published, and how best to use social media. Anne and Ruth’s articles are humorous, enjoyable and informative.
K M Weiland’s blog is full of articles designed to help authors improve their craft. From showing how to improve your character’s backstory to creating the best settings for your story to take place in, these articles are clearly written and explained with examples to illustrate the points being made. This is a really useful site for those looking to improve their writing and to ask questions about the writing process.
Elizabeth’s website is full of articles about improving your writing and also has information about author social media and marketing. Elizabeth shares her own experiences about marketing in many of her posts, and she also has guest writers posting for her. I have found many of the posts extremely useful and the information is good for all genres.
Shelly Hitz and Heather Hart help authors with all aspects of writing, publication and marketing on their site, Training Authors. Different topics are organised into categories, so everything is easy to find. The site is a mixture of their own posts and useful recommendations of other resources. The articles are in-depth and explain everything fully. A really useful site for writers.
The above 10 resources for self-publishers are the ones which I have learned the most from. I’d love to hear from you if you have any of your own that you might want to add.
You may also find 15 People Authors and Readers Should Follow on Twitter useful. It includes the names and twitter handles of people/groups that I’ve found most useful to follow.
As always, thanks so much for reading.
All the best,