By now, I bet most of you have heard about all the amazing and creative things people have accomplished throughout history during quarantine and isolation. Boccaccio wrote the Decameron, Shakespeare wrote King Lear, and all of that. There are some folks who are taking this as a sign that it just might be time to start writing that novel, in fact, and well, if you want to take this time to write and possibly publish a novel, I’m here to help with the second part of that.
Before the library closed to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, the final big program I hosted was our self-publishing roundtable. Jamie Blair, J. Thorn, and Stacey Trombley joined us to talk about how they have successfully self-published, and they mentioned so many great resources, it would have been hard for the folks who came out that afternoon to get them all. (And impossible for those of you who couldn’t make it.) I had hoped to get this posted sooner, but I don’t think any of us predicted just how much everything would change so quickly after that day, and my focus has had to be elsewhere. But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about the fantastic self-publishing resources mentioned at the program.
Here’s a list of some of the great resources discussed at the roundtable.
20 Books to 50K (Facebook Group)
A place for self-published authors to talk to other self-pub writers and ask questions.
Book Cover Design Marketplace (Facebook Group)
A good spot to meet up with talented book cover designers who work at a reasonable rate.
This site helps authors set up various aspects of their author platforms, from websites to storage for work.
The Creative Penn (podcast)
A podcast from Joanna Penn with advice on how to write, publish, and market your book.
One of the preferred companies who will print hardcopies for self-published authors. Note to NaNoWriMo participants—a code to wave the setup fee is a prize for folks who write 50,000 words in November.
Marketing advice to help authors sell more book.
This service specifically helps authors make more sales on Amazon.
This is a website to introduce writers to editors, designers, and marketers.
Self-Publishing Formula (podcast)
Mark Dawson helps authors learn how to make a living from their writing.
Provided as a public service by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Writer Beware tracks and reports on scams, bad business practices, and other dangers that authors face from disreputable agents, editors, and publishers.
Writers, Ink (podcast)
Our roundtable guest, J. Thorn, and cohost, J.D. Barker, discuss the business of writing.