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 authors who will share their expertise.

I highly recommend the following supportive sites:

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

Kindlepreneur with Dave Chesson – all about marketing your book and much more 

Killing the sacred cows of publishing– know-how by Dean Wesley Smith

How To Publish An Ebook   by CNET Executive Editor David Carnoy 

Practical advice to help build better books:

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

Create cover designs, blog pages, videos 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.

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 these tools:

  •  Pressbooks for self-publishers has tools for designing and 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 is a command-line tool used to build eBooks that can be sold through Amazon’s Kindle platform and   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: 

Important tools for ISBN and Copyright

  • 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 –

The Ultimate Guide to Answer ThePublic (2021 PRO TIPS)

Information about a new tool to hone your market targets, how they think, and respond…find out what your customers want to know and build your connections. Not only for big business.

Here is the link to this marketing tool that runs reports that actually help!

Stay Informed

  • 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

Recommended Resources:


 Alli Self-publishing advice blog 

Books Go Social

Places to find readers:

GoodKindles Where Writers Meet Readers

Goodreads Author Program

BookLikes for people who love reading books

LibraryThing – a home for your books 

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

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

More information & resource links

go to the Begin Here page EZ Publishing Info pages