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Links of Interest to Indie Writers

 

Long gone are the days of just vanity press, where going independent meant no one wanted to publish you. In these uncertain days publishers are less likely to sign up an unknown author. However with the advent of ebooks and POD (Print on Demand) services, New York publishing houses are no longer the only game in town.

 

There are plenty of books telling you how to become an Indie (independent publisher.) There are also plenty of blogs and websites that will tell you, too. Some of these are people wanting to sell you books and services, and have written articles to show you they know their stuff. Always check them out before you sign or buy anything. There are plenty of sharks out there. Also keep in mind that there are a dozen different ways to go Indie. That legit company might be offering you more or less services than you need. Learn all the options and pick the one that works best for you.

 

Below are some sites I've run across that have been useful. I will try to add to them. Authors are quite happy to share their knowledge because 1) it cuts down on having to answer the same question over and over, 2) Maybe you will like them and buy their book, or at least look at it, 3) they want you to succeed because successful Indie books make us all look good.

Indie Publishing

Writing

Utterance of an Overactive Mind

Author Paul Dorset’s blogsite offering advice on writing and self-publishing. Paul also posts interviews with Indie authors (that's you) on his much visited site.

 

Publetariat: People Who Publish

Various authors share advice to those who want to go Indie

 

How to Sucessfully Self-Publish

Alliance of Independent Authors advice blog

 

The Business Rusch Publishing Series

Kristine Kathryn Rusch's articles on the state of publishing with an emphasis on Indie publishing

 

Self-Publishing Coach

Shelley Hintz website with lots of useful articles for Indie's. Be sure to download her free pdf 200+ Free Book Marketing and Author Tools.

 

The Subversive Copy Editor Blog

You will need an editor, even if you edit for a living. However it's wise to edit your manuscript to the best of your abilities before giving it to an editor. Carol Saller has lots of useful advice for Indies.

 

Best Seller Labs

Practical Advice on How to Get Published and Grow Your Readership

 

Self-Published Author’s Lounge

Advice to fiction writers by self-published fiction writers

 

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

Joe Konrath's blog with advice to Indie Publishing

 

Jade Varden Official Blog

Indie book reviews, writing help, self-publishing tips and more.

 

Spirit Writers

Self publishing and promoting byLynn Serafinn    

 

Indie Author News

WRITER BEWARE

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association website on all the latest scams and sharks preying on naive writers


K.M. Weiland

Helping Writers Become Authors - also has podcasts

(formerly Word Play)

 

From the Write Angle

Offering multiple perspectives on writing and the publishing industry, from first draft to final product and everything beyond.


WriteIntoPrint

Layout tips, self-editing, writing advice, self promotion etc. from Stef Mcdaid 


ThrillWriting

Helping Writers Write It Right from Fiona Quinn who writes Romantic Suspense

 

Making the Stinkers Dance: Writing with Dyslexia

My blog post with advice to dyslexics who want to write


Grammar Girls Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

 

Guide to Grammar and Writing


Sources for Victorian Research

A blog I created on useful websites I’ve run across for authors writing historical novels, steampunk and time travel to the 19th century


Twitter as a Tool for Writers

A blog I created giving advice to Tweeting as one of your book's characters or as yourself.

 

Time and Date

Find a calendar for any year whether 1851 or 2660. (Don't go time traveling without them.)