Use these helpful links & resources to assist with your Independent Author projects.

Learn the techniques and use the tools to help with writing, designing and marketing your story. When in doubt, seek out other author’s who willingly share their expertise.

I highly recommend the following supportive sites:

The Creative Penn    Joanna Penn is a pioneer for self-publishing

How To Publish An Ebook   by CNET Executive Editor David Carnoy

Think like a publisher know how by Dean Wesley Smith

Practical advice to help build better books:

Joel Friedlander—The Book Designer -Great advise for designing a cover that will make an impression.

Create cover designs, blog pages, video for marketing, and trailers for book promotion, or format your eBook.  Learn the skills, or at least be familiar with the process and tools that your hired professionals use.

Other Resources:

A Complete Guide To Publishing Your Own Book by Stinkyink.com

(A family business in UK since 2002)

Write, edit and format your eBook using one of these popular software packages:

  • Scrivener Writing Software software available at Amazon and other locations – they offer free trials.  Great tool – allows you to organize your work, and keep all research, character  descriptions, locations etc. always within reach.
  • Jutoh software  –  Jutoh makes it easy to create ebooks in popular formats that you can sell on many ebook sites, including Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks.
  • Calibre   is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

Check your eBooks before you hit the publish button using one of these tools:

  • blog.pressbooks.com/     Tools for testing your eBooks – Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and others.  If you want to know what your epubs will look like follow the tips and (free!) tools listed in this blog.
  • EPUB Validator  This site uses EpubCheck to provide validation information for EPUB 2 and 3 documents. If you are creating commercial EPUBs in volume, you must install EpubCheck instead of using this site.
  • KindleGen    KindleGen is a command line tool used to build eBooks that can be sold through Amazon’s Kindle platform and   Kindle Previewer   Kindle Previewer is a tool that emulates how books display on Kindle devices and applications.

You don’t need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books. Download one of our free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on all your devices. 

Amazon – Free Reading Apps

 Market your book: 

  • BOWKERS   Welcome To My Identifiers Where Discovery Begins!  This is where you get your unique ISBN which identifies your book.
  • US copyright office will answer your questions direct – http://www.copyright.gov/
  • Stay informed – idpf.org/about-us About Us The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is the global trade and standards organization dedicated to the development and promotion of electronic publishing and content consumption.
  • SEO your site with Wordtracker’s  keywords tool & training videos freekeywords.wordtracker.com/
How to successfully self-publish  Alli Self-publishing advice blog 
AiA  Association of Independent Authors organization – advancing the interests of independent authors

 

Places to find readers:

GoodKindles Where Writers Meet Readers

Goodreads Author Program

BookLikes for people who love reading books

Recommended books to read about writing & self-publishing:

For more information & resource links go to the Begin Here page EZ Publishing Info pages