Are you writing a book? Considering self-publishing? Here is Part 2 of some web resources that will help in all aspects of writing—from the first draft through marketing. Part 3 coming next week.
These links are categorized by topic in alphabetical order. NOTE: as of October 2015 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].
- Barcode Graphics—company will create barcodes for print books
- E-book formatting explained—simplifies the mystifying process
- How To Make a Free 3D Cover Image of Your Book (David Henderson has lots of tips on free and low cost techniques for book design, promotion, etc. while also offering paid services)
- Michelle Rene Goodhew—paid cover design and other assistance (see above)
- Vedic Design—paid cover design, etc.
- Updating your eBook after publication—YES, you can do that and may need/want to this tells you how
General self-publishing tips and resources
- Aaron Shepard’s Publishing Page—a little different; you may find it useful or not
- Getting your book translated for global reach
- Independent Publisher—has a monthly webzine, annual IPPY awards, reviews and more
- Midwest Book Review—major player
- Money, Writing and Life with Jane Friedman on the Creative Penn site
- POD database—free from author/designer Dehanna Bailee; may not be 100% up to date
- SELF-e—get your book into libraries; a BIG deal
Reviews of your book
- Author/Publisher Information (Get a Book Reviewed)—Midwest Book Review (see above)
- How to get reviews for your book—from Your Writer Platform, with links
- How to get Amazon’s top reviewers to review your book–from a writer
- Indie Book Reviewer—links to bloggers who review books, organized by genre
- Indie Author’s Guide to Paid Reviews, The—from Publishers Weekly (think long and hard before paying for a review)
- Indie Reviewers List, The—from the Indie View, with hyperlinks to reviewers in a table format
- Kirkus Reviews—expensive for and not up to par with the free reviews for traditional publishers; do a web search for authors’ bad experiences with them
- Prestigious Reviews and How to Get Them—don’t hold your breath or spend big bucks for a self-published book (especially an eBook) except possibly if you have your own company
- Reviews Readers will Pay Attention to and How to Get Them—from Sandy Appleyard
Excerpted from Part 4 of Becoming a Writer, a series published in the Eagle Peak Quarterly.