Super Helpful Articles
- Launch your book to five-star reviews
- 4 Ways to Find Readers Who Love Your Work
- How to Get Readers Before You Write Your First Book
- How Authors Can Find Their Ideal Reading Audience
- How to use Beta Readers to Launch Your Book
- How Working with Beta Readers Will Help You Sell More Books
- How to Throw a Virtual Book Launch Using Facebook Live
- You can also check out our blog posts on Running a Beta and Finding Readers
Web Software for Authors
- Fictionary – Creative editing software for fiction writers and editors. They offer a 2-week free trial. It looks great, is easy to use, and helps you assess and analyze your work with an objective eye.
- BookBrush – The easiest way to create professional ads and social media images for your books. From templates to backgrounds, to font selection and brand stamps, this is a one-stop shop for creating your own marketing images.
- CamCat Publishing – Independent publishing house that focuses on genre fiction in the following areas: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Romance (but they're looking really hard at a couple of Westerns, too). The people here are worth spending your time with and really know what they're doing.
- Smashwords – The world's largest distributor of indie ebooks. Authors earn 80% of list price on books sold directly through Smashwords, and 60% of list price on other e-book retailers, including KOBO, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
- Nancy Cavillones – Assistant for Indie authors – we met Nancy at SF Writer's Conference this year. She is passionate about helping authors with the business end of things, and offers strategic marketing planning and general business help for a reasonable hourly rate, in addition to helping you find reviewers that are perfect for your book.
- Destination Published – Online courses, one-on-one consultations, free material, books, all to help authors figure out the self-publishing industry. Carla is also someone we really like :)
- Poets & Writers small presses list – Great starting place for authors seeking the right publishing house. The whole website is great, and definitely worth spending some time on.
- Jane Friedman's website – Author and speaker whose mission is to help authors succeed. Her blog is great and she offers and links to a number of affordable classes.
- Publisher's Marketplace – Highly recommended by publishers we know. It's the best place to find trends in sales and publishing. You can sign up for a free weekly digest.
We'll add to this list periodically. Do you know of something that should be listed here? Shoot us an email, and we'll check it out!