Writing Resources:

book-front-storygridThe Story Grid

Podcast by Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl


and a 5 Video series by Shawn Coyne ~ also follow the blog

Fictionbootcamp’s channel

Shelly Lowenkopf, Nationally Renowned Book Editor, talks about how to use important details when writing fiction.

The Writing Coach Podcast

Kevin T Johns interviews professional editors, coaches, and mentors to help writers create their art.  http://www.kevintjohns.com/thewritingcoach/

 Writing The Perfect Scene

(the snowflake method)  http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/writing-the-perfect-scene/

Showing vs. Telling in Your Writing

June 13, 2012 | RoseannBiederman

Improve your writing: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor

How To Publish:

 DeanWesleySmithKilling The Sacred Cows of Publishing

by Dean Wesley Smith

Think like a publisher- know how


Stinky Ink Printer’s Guide: 

A Complete Guide To Publishing Your Own Book 

by Stinkyink.com  (A family-owned business since 2002)

Marketing Resources:

 Amazon Book Ads

Free 5 day course!  Sell more books with Amazon Ads by Dave Chesson   https://courses.kindlepreneur.com/courses/AMS


SELF-e via Library Journal

Place your eBooks into libraries.   https://selfe.librariescreate.com/self-e/

Where Writers Meet Readers


Meta Data

A Self-Publisher’s Guide to Metadata for Books  via Mediashift

KDP tutorial

Posted on August 16, 2013 by Joleene Naylor   How to Publish with KDP

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

Advice on Writing, Publishing and Book Promotion


Community Support

Here are places to find real-life stories about publishing experiences, places to list your work, and interaction with other writers and readers. Learn more about books, marketing, and lesson’s shared by other author’s experiences….

Check out these book friendly places you should join:

Goodreads  Author Program

GoodreadsUse Goodreads to promote yourself and your books www.goodreads.com/author/program   Are you an author or a publisher? Gain access to a massive audience of more than 12 million book lovers. Goodreads is a great place to promote your books.






Communities of Independent Authors

offering great resources & support:





SheWrites  https://www.shewrites.com/


AiAAssociation of Independent Authors


Indies Unlimited

IndUnlimWelcome to the top-ranking, nuclear-powered death star of a blog: Yes, being in the presence of this site can be somewhat intimidating. With nearly 4000 blog posts and over 50,000 comments, we can understand that you might not know where to start. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.


 A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

J A Konrath  http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/   Some real discussions and great information shared – get the real story about publishing news.

 Writer Unboxed



 Educational Resources:


Offers Free courses   www.coursera.org/
Become a Life-Learner  and sign up for a course

 A sample of Recommended Courses for Indie Authors:

Coursera.org/specializations/creative-writing at Wesleyan

Coursera.org/viral-marketing University Pennsylvania



IWP University of Iowa International Writing Program

University-of-Iowa-Logo  http://iwp.uiowa.edu/iwp-courses/distance-learning-courses/moocs

EFA  (Editorial Freelancers Association)

The EFA hosts webinars and online courses designed for editorial/publishing freelancers located anywhere in the world. All courses are open to members and nonmembers and require advance registration. Members enjoy reduced tuition. We keep our course prices as low as possible to merely break even with the costs of providing education.

EFA offers a variety of convenient general resources to its members and the public. Its newsletter, The Freelancer, is available both in print and online to members only.


Connect – Learn – Improve – Publish  Our online writing workshops allow you to study what you want with some of today’s best authors   https://litreactor.com/classes/upcoming

Learn about IPR rights – Important for all authors

Link to site listing publishing terms iprlicense.com/KnowYourRights/Glossary

 Open Colleges Australia’s leading online educator






The place where you can get free eBooks and textbooks in many areas

including marketing and SEO Tips



Social Media Communities:

Writer’s Discussion Group – A Google + Community


Writing Resources Group – A Google + Community


 Linked In 

Linked in group: Ebooks-Ebook-Readers-Digital-Books  

Get the most from your professional network   http://www.linkedin.com/

Awesome Indies

quality books by independently published authors http://awesomeindies.net/about/

FB Writers GroupFacebook has become one of the most successful social media sites for Indie Authors. Let’s face it~ it’s where everyone hangs out, all kinds of profiles who make great readers.

There are many FaceBook groups for authors.

Set up your author profile page and search for writer’s groups, author groups, book review groups, book marketing groups, book promotion groups – Some will be public, some private and you will have to request to join. When on any social media be kind, stay away from politics or hot topics, and support other authors. We’re in this together.

Here are a few:





Some suggested private groups: Books Go Social and Author’s Promotions. 


Student Reading Books Shows Learning

Recommended books to read about writing & self-publishing:

 Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne & Dave King

The Essential Guide to Writing A Novel by James Thayer

On Writing A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Lets Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, and Why You Should 3rd edition (Let’s Get Publishing Book One) by David Gaughran

What’s Your Book? A Step-By-Step Guide To Get You From Inspiration To Published Author by Brooke Warner

The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story by K. M. Weiland

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