Are you writing a book? Considering self-publishing? Here are some web resources that will help in all aspects of writing—from the first draft through marketing. This is Part 1; more next week.
These links are categorized by topic in alphabetical order. NOTE: as of September 14, 2016 all are active. No evaluation or approval is implied by the listing; you must evaluate the merits of any site you check on the list. On just a few listings there will be some pros or cons. Some items on this list contain lists of their own—links to other sites with more links. So there is a great deal of information to be gleaned here, some better than others. This is just a small sample of what’s available, but it’s a start. To update that old biblical quote—search the web and you shall find [some good stuff and some junk].
- Advertising/promo sites
- 90 sites to advertise your book
- 35+ Alternatives to BookBub
- BookBub (a paid service that doesn’t take all submissions; for free or discount books only)
- Book Promo Sites curated by Indies Unlimited
- Book Promotion Opportunities (free, may be time-specific; see site) by Chris McMullin
- Booklikes (based in Europe; authors can have a page once a book is published)
- An Interactive List of Book Promotion Sites & Free Submission Tool—table with lots of information and links to sites
- Snowflakes in a Blizzard—descriptive of what most books are; free promos of your book
- Email marketing
- Beginners Guide
- Email list building tips
- MailChimp–more like the gorilla of email; up to 2,000 subscribers are free–check the site for details of what they do
- Miscellaneous promotion techniques
- Building a book trailer on a shoestring—four part series on The Story Reading Ape site: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
- Talk radio—Gordon’s radio list is NOT free
- Strategic Use of Book Giveaways—from Jane Friedman
- Book Marketing Buzz—“book promotion and marketing tips for authors”
- Press releases, etc.
- Free Press Release Distribution Service—check the site to see if this is for you
- EMSI (Paid PR firm) does lots of stuff, may not be inexpensive
All of the above and more—special multifaceted sites
- Indies Unlimited—writing tips, marketing, publishing and much more; good site
- Michelle Rene Goodhew—primarily a good cover designer but also has articles for authors
- Publishing and other forms of insanity—author Erica Verrillo’s site with frequent info on new agents, publishers accepting submissions without agents, writing contests and more (great)
- Preditors and Editors—preeminent source for checking on agents, publishers, editors, etc.
- The Story Reading Ape Blog—guest posts on writing, marketing, design and much more including free author profiles and book promotions (a great site); follow/sign up
- Writer’s Digest—major source of information; not all free but check it out
Author blogs/sites of interest—most have many tips about self-publishing, writing, etc.
- Allen, Anne R. (with Ruth Harris)
- Best Author Blogs—link list from Writers Write
- Blake, Russell–can be a bit pessimistic/misanthropic but you may find helpful kernels here
- Colletta, Sue—crime fiction writer
- Cronin, Sally–has a very eclectic site which includes helping to promote other writers and offering tips on this and that
- Howey, Hugh—very successful self-publisher
- Kaye, D.G.—lots of tips from essayist/memoir writer Kaye.
- Rossis, Nicholas—fantasy/sci-fi writer
- Verrillo, Erica—great blog with tips on agents, contests, submissions without agents and more
Excerpted from Part 4 of Becoming a Writer, a series published in the Eagle Peak Quarterly.