Our Favourite Self-publishing Resources

Writing tools

Scrivener – A program that you write in to or you can download a file. Novels or documents are broken down in to sections and/or chapters, the headings of which will be lined up on the side of your work. You can write notes and it also has a virtual corkboard. It is very visual, making it easy to follow and see gaps in your plot etc. One off cost.

writeordie.com – An app that keeps you writing in spurts. 15 minutes is a good prompt. Has several levels, including Kamakazee which deletes your work if you don’t write quick enough. None of us use this level!

Pomodoro – working in sets of approx. 25 minutes (or whatever works for you) with a five minute break in between. You can compete with yourself or others to encourage output. Ticks like a clock.

Editing support

grammarly.com – an automated program that allows you to check your work for grammar, spelling etc. Will have an explanation why something is wrong. Free trail.

Natural Reader – Will show up your mistakes by reading your work back to you. Punctuation, flow, grammer etc. There is a free down load option as a trial which you can use on your PC or MAC to start with, and purchase the full program later should it prove valuable to you. You can stop and start the reading, so you can follow and make notes. Free.

Formatting tools

Jutoh – A formatting software for all platforms. Eg Mobi, epub etc. There is an accompanying tutorial but we have found that YouTube offers some great tutorials which are more step by step with a lot of screen shots. Jutoh will save you money as you will be formatting your books all the time when you are adding links or changing covers etc. A one off cost – very reasonable.

Vellum – Another formatting platform that is easy to use and creates beautiful ebooks. They’ve also just launched a print version.

Favourite courses

Udemy – Site for courses on all sorts of topics. It’s best to join the mailing list and wait for specials, which occur regularly. There are so many you need to pick a topic and browse them. Check reviews, and you can often get a sample. They are usually step by step and screen shots to make it incredibly easy to learn what you need to.

CreativeLive.com – More expensive than Udemy. If you’re interested in upskilling, then you will be in for a lot of well-worth-it video training. They rebroadcast free so you can see what they have on offer at any given time.

Your First 10K Readers – Nick Stephenson’s course all about reader magnets and how to get more readers in general.

Ads for Authors – Mark Dawson’s course on advertising from Facebook ads, to Amazon Ads, twitter ads and Book Bub ads.

Advertising

KDROI – Sends your book out to free platforms – growing all the time. Be aware of the day of promotion and make sure your book is free. Small one off cost.

Research

KDSPY – A great research tools. Lets you check out your favourite genres and authors. Highlights keywords, best-selling niches that at used. How many books were sold in particular categories. Check availability as its not in all countries right now. Small one off cost.

YouTube– you can find a how to video on just about anything. Check dates for the most current.

Podcasts

Podcasts are an endless resource for writers. They cover most of the industry in a personal way. Some are visual as well, unlike ours, and can be interactive.

Some suggestions from the ones we listen to are listed here:

The Creative Penn with Joanna Penn

The Self publishing podcast with David Wright, Johnny B truant, Sean Platt

The Story Grid Podcast with Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl

The Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen

Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast with Lindsay Buroker, Joe Lallo and Jeffrey Poole

The Self publishing Formula with Mark Dawson and James Blatch

Happier with Gretchen Reubens

Forums

Marie Force Author support Facebook group – A group where you can share ideas, get information and some tough love from an indie success story.

MarieForce yahoo group – like the FB group, but for those who prefer yahoo groups to Facebook

Romance Divas – A romance specific forum for writers. Very active and friendly, with loads of useful information, but will kick you out if you don’t stay active.

Writer’s Café on K-Boards – Informative, can be a little negative at times, but you should at least check it out and see what it’s about.