USEFUL LINKS FOR INDEPENDENT AUTHORS

 with HUGE thanks to Christiana Miller for compiling this list http://ow.ly/hzSQ6
Wish I’d come across it sooner – would have saved me a lot of time and effort.
Thanks Christiana.

To Publish:
https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin (E-Book)
http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/ (E-Book)
http://www.smashwords.com/ (E-Book)
https://www.createspace.com/ (Paperback Books)
http://www.lulu.com/ (Paperback and Hardcover Books)
http://www.overdrive.com/#2
http://www1.lightningsource.com/

Important Links if You Want to Publish Audiobooks:
https://www.acx.com/
http://www.podiobooks.com/ (Podcast-based audiobooks)
http://www.audiobookvoicetalent.com/
http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/gvpages/index.shtml
http://www.beeaudio.com/
http://perfectvoices.net/
http://voice123.com/
http://www.voices.com/audiobooks/finding-an-audiobook-narrator
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/305358-lc-best-and-worst-audiobook-narrators

To Buy ISBNs:
http://www.isbn.org/ (U.S.)
http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=121 (U.K.)

Conversion Software:
http://calibre-ebook.com/
http://www.mobipocket.com/en/downloadsoft/productdetailscreator.asp
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000765211
http://www.jutoh.com/
http://code.google.com/p/sigil/

Blogs That You Should Check Out:
http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/
http://blog.smashwords.com/
http://booksat.scarlettrugers.com/bookcoverdesign
http://catherinebybee.blogspot.com/
http://www.christianamiller.com/Christiana_Miller_Site/Ye_Olde_Writing_Blog/Ye_Olde_Writing_Blog.html
http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/
http://www.thedominoproject.com/
http://gailcarsonlevine.blogspot.com/
http://e-bookformattingfairies.blogspot.com/
http://indeliblewriters.blogspot.com/
http://jackson-pearce.com/
http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/
http://jennybent.blogspot.com/
http://jimbutcher.livejournal.com/
http://guidohenkel.com/
http://kristenweber.com/blog/
http://kriswrites.com/
http://marissameyer.livejournal.com/
http://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/
http://phoenixsullivan.blogspot.com/
http://plotwhisperer.blogspot.com/
(also on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/marthaalderson/%5B/url%5D)
http://sjmaas.livejournal.com/
http://www.stevenpressfield.com/
http://talliroland.blogspot.com/
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/
http://thedarksalon.blogspot.com/
http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/
http://thisblogisaploy.blogspot.com/
http://tonyakappes.blogspot.com/
http://veronicasicoe.dyndns.org:1001/wordpress/
http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/
http://writeitforward.wordpress.com/
http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/
http://www.howtowriteshop.com
http://www.lindsayburoker.com/
http://www.publetariat.com/
http://www.thebookdesigner.com/
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/
http://www.yaindie.com/

Blogs To Notify For Free Book Promos:
http://authormarketingclub.com/members/announce-your-free-book/
http://awesomegang.com/places-to-submit-your-book-for-free-promotion/
http://bargainebookhunter.com/feature-your-book/
http://blog.booksontheknob.org/p/about-this-blog-and-contact-info.html
http://ebookshabit.com/for-authors/
http://the-cheap.net/authors/free-promotion-opportunities/share-your-deal/
http://ereadernewstoday.com/ent-free-book-submissions/
http://www.ereaderiq.com/contact/
http://fireapps.blogspot.com/p/app-developers-authors.html
http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/for-authors/
http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.com/ (paid promo)
http://www.freeebooksdaily.com/p/contact.html
http://thefrugalereader.com/submissions/
http://www.goodkindles.net/p/submit-your-book.html (Over $5)
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFpBd0JUMk9KZzZ0TXJBYXRENFZYMVE6MQ
http://kindle-author.com/advertise/ (Link no longer working)
http://kindlenationdaily.com/ ($29 or use the free ebook tracker tool)
http://ebookimpresario.com/advertise/ ($20 per day. David Wiseheart’s blog)
http://konthecheap.wordpress.com/contact/
http://www.pixelofink.com/sfkb/
http://super-e-books.com/calendar/
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dDZHTlg2cUlySDF3QUN6Z2RISlV1Umc6MQ#gid=0 (Orangeberry — $9.99)
http://www.centsibleereads.com/p/for-authors.html

Freebie Blogs for the UK
http://dailycheapreads.co.uk/
http://www.ereaderiq.co.uk/
http://www.kuforum.co.uk/free_ebooks/latest/
http://www.indie-book-bargains.co.uk
http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.com/ (paid promo) — they have a UK version of their site

Freebie Blogs for Erotica
http://kindlespice.com/submissions
http://www.shainarichmond.com/myblogs/spicy-romance-submission-form/
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFNrbUVhS3JUQW5EREtaOTB6UUwtUnc6MQ

Places that Collate Freebie Sites Into One Blog Post
http://www.christianamiller.com/Christiana_Miller_Site/Ye_Olde_Writing_Blog/Entries/2012/4/21_INSANELY_HELPFUL_LINKS_FOR_E-PUBLISHING.html
http://ruthnestvold.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/promoting-ebooks-with-kdp-select/
http://www.squidoo.com/going-free-kindle-ebook-promotional-campaigns-for-authors

Blogs To Notify On the Day of Free Book Promos:
http://addictedtoebooks.com/
http://www.amazon.com/forum/meet%20our%20authors/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg21?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2UYC1FC06SU8S&cdPage=21&cdThread=TxL9PK83CQD854
http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/topic,97167.0.html
http://snickslist.com/books/place-ad/

Blogs To Notify For Low-Priced Sales (some of these are paid sponsorships):
http://dailycheapreads.com/your-two-cents-worth/
http://dailycheapreads.co.uk/
http://freebooksy.com (paid promo)
help@paupersbookclub.com
http://www.indiebookpromo.com/submit-to-ibp-3/
thekindledailydeal@gmail.com
http://kindlenationdaily.com/
http://konthecheap.wordpress.com/contact/
http://the-cheap.net/authors/free-promotion-opportunities/share-your-deal/
http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.com/p/book-advertising.html
http://rebekaharrington.com/author-promotion/

Inexpensive Blog Tours
http://austinindiewriters.blogspot.com/2012/06/deciding-to-do-blog-tour-for-your-book.html
http://www.goddessfish.com/tours.htm
http://www.bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com/
http://www.clpblogtours.com/
http://chicklitplus.com/category/clpblogtours/
http://www.shadowblogtours.com/
http://parajunkee.com/
http://www.virtualbooktourcafe.com
http://cblspromotions.blogspot.com/
http://supagurltours.blogspot.com/p/tour-info-sign-up.html
http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/about-us/ (more expensive)
http://tlcbooktours.com/book-a-tour/ (traditionally-published books only)

Freelance Editors:
http://ashleycase.com/
http://bevharrosproofreading.weebly.com/
http://www.bookeditorcoach.com/index.htm
http://cedarsky.net/
http://ebookeditingpro.com/
http://hollowayhouse.me/
http://indie-editor.webs.com/
http://jenniferpooley.com/
http://www.kristenweber.com/
http://www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com/
http://www.moviesmackdown.com/smackrefs/editors/eric-estrin
http://myeditingservice.com/
http://onceuponabookcover.blogspot.com/
http://peggyireland.blogspot.ca/
http://redadeptpublishing.com/editing-services/
http://rewriterewordrework.wordpress.com/about/
http://size12bystpatricksday.blogspot.com/p/cherise-kelley-editor.html
http://theeyesforediting.com/
http://wordvagabond.wordpress.com/editing-services/
http://www.everything-indie.com/
http://www.lastdraftediting.com/index.html
http://www.rachelstarrthomson.com/
http://rhondaedits.com/
http://www.victoryediting.com/services.html

Formatters:
http://b10mediaworx.com/b10mwx/
http://www.candescentpress.com/
http://cyberwitchpress.com/
http://www.everything-indie.com/
http://www.facebook.com/EbookFormatting/info
http://hollowayhouse.me/
http://www.jasonga.com/ebook-formatting
http://thebeautifulpeopleawritersjourney.blogspot.com/p/hire-me-to-format-your-e-books-and.html
http://www.writersblockadminservices.com/ebook-formatting/

Cover Designers:
http://bookcovers.creativindie.com/
http://booksat.scarlettrugers.com/
http://www.candescentpress.com
http://coverart.joleenenaylor.com/
http://digitaldonna.com/
http://fiverr.com/
http://flipcitybooks.com/
http://gentlepeneditorials.com/portfolio/
http://gobookcoverdesign.com/
http://jaebeecreations.com/samples.html
http://www.jsimmonsillustration.com/
http://killercovers.com/#ebook
http://litterabookdesigns.blogspot.ca
http://mycoverart.wordpress.com/
http://onceuponabookcover.blogspot.com/p/book-cover-design_07.html
http://spearcarrier.daportfolio.com/
http://streetlightgraphics.com/
http://artbykarri.com/
http://www.missmaesite.com/designingbookcovers.htm
http://thecovercounts.blogspot.com/
https://www.elance.com/
http://www.everything-indie.com/
http://www.waywardsunstudio.com/art.htm

Cover Art:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources
http://www.coverreadyart.com/
http://booksat.scarlettrugers.com/bookcoverdesign/resource-list-of-stock-image-websites-photo-vector-and-footage-free-and-paid/
http://ifi.photoshelter.com/
http://papiliophotos.com/?service=page&action=show_home_page&language=en
http://us.fotolia.com/
http://www.visionsingolf.com/
http://www.123rf.com/
http://www.acclaimimages.com/
http://www.adigitaldreamer.com/gallery/index.php
http://www.alaskastock.com/Index.asp
http://www.alunablue.com/
http://www.arcticphoto.com/
http://www.artbeats.com/
http://www.artbitz.com/
http://www.artres.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=ARTHO1_3_VForm
http://www.blendimages.com/
http://www.bluemoonstockphotos.com/
http://www.canstockphoto.com/
http://www.cfgphoto.com/
http://www.cgtextures.com/
http://www.chalkartstudio.com/home.aspx
http://www.corbisimages.com
http://www.cornerhousestock.com/
http://www.crestock.com/
http://www.dartmoorarchive.org/
http://depositphotos.com/
http://www.deviantart.com/
http://www.digitalanarchy.com/
http://www.digitaljuice.com/
http://www.dinodia.com/
http://www.dreamstime.com/
http://www.europestockphotos.com/search.php
http://www.everynight.co.uk/
http://www.fairfaxsyndication.com/
http://www.foodanddrinkphotos.com
http://www.footagebank.com/home.asp
http://us.fotolia.com/
http://www.fotolibra.com/
http://www.fotoscopio.com/
http://www.fotosearch.com/
http://www.francisfrith.com/
http://www.galaxypix.com/
http://www.garden-collection.com/
http://www.gardenworldimages.com/
http://www.gekkoimages.com/
http://www.gettyimages.com.au/
http://www.hotdamnstock.com/
http://www.illustrationweb.com/
http://www.imagesource.com/
http://www.inmagine.com/
http://www.israelimages.com/
http://www.istockphoto.com/
http://www.johnbirdsall.co.uk/
http://www.jpsviewfinder.com/
http://www.jupiterimages.com/Collections/BananaStock
http://www.klemcoll.com/
http://www.lebrecht.co.uk/
http://www.leonardsmith.co.uk/
http://www.lonelyplanetimages.com/
http://www.loupeimages.com/Index.asp
http://www.marinethemes.com/
http://www.masterfile.com/
http://www.mindenpictures.com/
http://www.morguefile.com/
http://www.narratives.co.uk/
http://www.northwindpictures.com/
http://www.officialpsds.com/stocks
http://www.onimage.co.uk/do/onimage/
http://www.ozimages.com.au/
http://www.pacificstock.com/Index.asp
http://www.petemcarthur.com/stockhome.asp
http://www.photo-key.com/
http://www.photoalto.com/
http://www.photoresourcehawaii.com/
http://www.photos.com/
http://www.photoshot.com/home.jsp
http://www.photosindia.com/Home/Default.aspx
http://www.picturesque.com/
http://www.picturesque.com/
http://www.retrostockpix.com/
http://www.romancenovelcovers.com/
http://www.sciencefaction.com/
http://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/
http://www.sciencephoto.com/
http://www.shutterstock.com/
http://www.simmonds.com.au/
http://www.stockbyway.com.au/
http://www.stockphotofinder.com/
http://www.storee.se/
http://www.sxc.hu/
http://www.theispot.com/
http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/
http://totallyfreeimages.com/
http://www.travel-library.co.uk/
http://www.vandaimages.com/index.asp
http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons

Helpful Boards:
http://www.kuforum.co.uk/
http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/board,60.0.html (Writer’s Cafe)
http://www.bksp.org (Writer’s Forum)
http://community.podiobooks.com/ (Forum)
http://www.authormarketingclub.com
http://www.indiebooklounge.com/

Industry News:
http://bookbee.net/
http://idpf.org/
http://www.epicorg.com/ebook-news.html

Transferring paper books to e-files:
http://www.blueleaf-book-scanning.com/

U.S. Copyright Office:
http://www.copyright.gov/

To Get a List of E-Book Formatters and Cover Artists:
Send an email to Smashwords, asking for Mark’s List.

To Get More Lists of Just About Everthing:
http://writersresourcedirectory.com/eBooks.html

In the US, you can sign into Writer’s Café and go to Kindleboards Yellow Pages for Writers. http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/topic,50419.msg868937.html#msg868937

Here’s the link to the US thread you can find this list on:
http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/topic,111778.125.html

FREE HOW-TO GUIDES

E-Publishing:
http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/lets-get-digital/
http://www.amazon.com/Publish-Amazon-Kindle-Publishing-ebook/dp/B004LX069M/ref=zg_bs_156116011_6
http://www.amazon.com/Write-Good-or-Die-ebook/dp/B003H4QZOG/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1335126132&sr=1-5
You can also download “Be The Monkey” for free, from either Barry Eisler’s or J.A. Konrath’s webstores for a discussion on indie publishing vs. legacy publishing.

E-Book Formatting:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52
http://www.amazon.com/Smashwords-Style-Guide-Format-ebook/dp/B004XWJ7UK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334979676&sr=8-1
https://simg1.imagesbn.com/pimages/pubit/support/pubit_epub_formatting_guide.pdf
http://guidohenkel.com/2010/12/take-pride-in-your-ebook-formatting/
http://johnaugust.com/2009/kindle-formatting-for-web-geeks
http://www.jmooneyham.com/cheat-sheet-how-to-make-your-own-amazon-kindle-ebook-in-hours.html
http://www.idsystem.cz/kindle/
http://www.paulsalvette.com/p/ebook-formatting-tutorial.html
http://www.amazon.com/Building-Your-Book-Kindle-ebook/dp/B007URVZJ6/ref=zg_bs_156116011_2 (IBM)
http://www.amazon.com/Building-Your-Book-Kindle-ebook/dp/B00822K3Z0/ref=zg_bs_156116011_17 (Mac)
http://www.amazon.com/Publishing-with-iBooks-Author-ebook/dp/B0078X1PCE/ref=zg_bs_156116011_38

Audiobook Formatting:
http://www.podiobooks.com/authors/PBAuthoringGuidev2.0.4.pdf

Marketing:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/305
http://www.amazon.com/Smashwords-Book-Marketing-Guide-ebook/dp/B004XR57PE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334979654&sr=8-2
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/145431
http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Publishing-Success-Smashwords-ebook/dp/B007P8H80A/ref=zg_bs_158266011_7

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One Response to USEFUL LINKS FOR INDEPENDENT AUTHORS

  1. rachel says:

    Great list Marie all sources in one place very helpful for author and publishers.
    I would like to suggest one more.
    Suntecdigital ( http://www.suntecdigital.com/ )a leading eBook conversion company that provide High quality and very affordable eBook conversion and publishing services for Publishers, authors, schools, universities and publishing houses.

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