Writer Tips and Resources

This page features all of the articles I’ve written on writing. Because I am an Indie Author, they focus on Self-Publishing or Independent Publishing. These links also do not include re-blogged links. All articles listed here are my own.

As usual, these are not guaranteed solutions (in the end you will find what works for you), are based on my own experiences and focus on the basics of Self-Publishing.

New Author Tip: Consider Raising Your Book Prices

New Author Tip: Don’t Just Write More, Improve as You Write

New Author Tip: Warning-  Do Not Publish That First Draft

Premade Book Covers: 2 Things to Keep in Mind

Introduce Yourself: Promotional Opportunity for New Authors

New Author Tip

Reading to Write: Message to Aspiring Authors

3 Rejection Letters Indie Authors Receive

8 Simple Ways to go from Author to Authorpreneur

4 Common Sense Reasons It Can Benefit You to Self-Publish

Self-Publishing: The Workflow

7 Common Sense Reasons You Should Build an Email List

7 Things I Learned About Email List Building

Setting Up with Mailchimp

7 Ways to Create a Book Business Plan for Each Book

The Author Media Kit: How it Keeps Me Organized

3 Reasons You Need an Author Website (and why it’s not the same as a blog)

Self-Publishing: Don’t Forget to Set Up Your Author Central Amazon Page

Before You Publish that Book, Don’t Forget these Things

Writing and Financial Stability: The Harsh Reality

Between Books: When the Blog Comes in Handy

When Publishing a Book might not be For You

Confidence and Writing Discipline

The Show and Tell Debate Critiqued

Laying Bricks Series:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

To Support an Author

Indie Author Support: Are You Harmful or Helpful?

Get Out There

Realistic Character Changes

Self-Publishing: The Business of Writing 101 – 6 Basics

Paperback Comeback

Dear Self-Publishers: You Are Not JK Rowling

Why I Bought My Own ISBN Number

Self-Publishers with Thin Skin

4 Common Sense Reasons It Can Benefit You to Self-Publish

Self-Publishing: The Workflow

Self-Publishing: DIY Promo Tools

Self-Publishing: Just Write

Self-Publishing: The ISBN Number

Self-Publishing: Book Descriptions

Common Self-Publishing Mistakes

Writing Symbolism

5 Ways Books Can Help You Publish Your Book (Besides Just Reading Them)

Resources:

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Writer Beware (SFWA)

I love this site. It is a great way to study the publishing industry so that you don’t get Scammed and taken advantage of. They have a Thumbsdown Agent List and Thumbsdown Publisher’s List, information on Vanity / Subsidy Publishers, the works.

http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/

Anne R. Allen

Anne provides thought provoking advice on writing and publishing for authors. Her style is straightforward and to the point which I love. Visit her Resources for Writers page and How to Get Your Book Published.  One of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers, Anne updates on Sundays and her blog also includes regular contributions from former Big Six editor, Ruth Harris.

http://annerallen.com/

Books and Such

Books and Such is a Literary Management Agency. They sell books to a wide range of publishers in such categories as women’s fiction, general fiction, nonfiction, gift books, easy readers, and chapter books.

http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/

The Storyreading Ape Blog

Chris digs up the best advice from various sources for Indie Authors. Check out the Writer’s Resources Page as well as the Editing 101 Page.

https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/

Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins started his blog in 2010, with a few burning questions in mind: How do successful writers make a living? What does it really take to get published? And, how do you pursue a passion? He shares tips on writing, creativity and making a difference.

http://goinswriter.com/

Mary Jaksch

Mary Jaksch, Chief Editor, believes your writing practice needs to be directed in a positive way. Write to Done helps you learn new skills, practice them and become a better writer.

http://writetodone.com

Jody

Jody posts on her blog every Tuesday. She offers advice, encouragement, and inspiration based on all that she’s learned about writing, publication, and marketing in today’s tough publishing industry.

http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer’s Digest, specializes in educating writers about the publishing industry—from all perspectives, without hype or bias—to help them make the best long-term decisions for their careers. The Alliance of Independent Authors has awarded her a “Top Website for Self-Publishers”

http://janefriedman.com/blog/ 

K.M. Weiland

K.M. Weiland mentors authors through her blog. Her blog is one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers.

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com

Shelley and Heather

Shelley and Heather of Training Authors have a goal to help authors achieve book marketing success. Their site is full of resources and free downloads.

http://www.trainingauthors.com

David Gaughran

David Gaughran focuses on how to get visible and sell more books. He has written several books on these topics and shares tons of info about self-publishing.

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com

Rachelle

Rachelle is a Literary Agent for Books and Such. She started her blog as a way to create a community of writers both published and seeking publication.

http://www.rachellegardner.com

Sandra Beckwith

Sandra Beckwith has more than 25 years of experience as a publicist. She shares tips and writes on currently relevant topics for authors. Build Book Buzz was awarded a “Top Website for Self-Publishers” by The Alliance of Independent Authors.

http://buildbookbuzz.com/blog/

Cathy Stucker

Cathy Stucker shares useful tips and techniques for writing, publishing and selling books. She has free downloads available to help authors build their platform.

http://www.sellingbooks.com

Shayla Raquel

Previously going by the name Curiouser Editing, Shayla is very knowledgable on the business of publishing. Her blog has been awarded Best Writing Blogs of 2017 and was among the top 50 writing blogs of 2016.

https://shaylaraquel.com/

Kristen Lamb

Kristen is a wealth of information on the publishing industry as a whole as well as a social media. She worked in international sales before transitioning into a career as an author, freelance editor and speaker. She takes her years of experience in sales and promotion and merges it with over fifteen years as a writer and editor to create a program designed to help authors construct a platform in the new paradigm of publishing.

http://authorkristenlamb.com/

The Creative Penn

The Creative Penn is packed with information and resources. The best way to navigate through it all is to click on the “Start here!” link.

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/blog/

Joel Friedlander

Joel Friedlander aka The Book Designer has countless articles (organized into easy to navigate topics) on his site that help self-published authors with every thing you need to know, and do.

http://www.thebookdesigner.com

Self-Publishing Review

This website offers review and editing services. You can become a member for additional perks and discounts.

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/category/blog/

Authors, Bloggers, Rainbow Support Club

Founded by Marjorie Mallon, the Authors, Bloggers, Rainbow Support Club is a supportive group of authors and bloggers who promote, review, and supports the works of authors.

https://mjmallon.com/

A Writer’s Path Writer’s Club

Founded by Ryan Lanz, A Writer’s Path Writer’s Club supports the works of authors by providing advice, support, and discounted writer services such as editing and book promotion.

https://ryanlanz.com/writers-club/

Rave Reviews Book Club

Founded by Nonnie Jules, Rave Reviews Book Club is a virtual book club made up of authors and readers who propel, promote, and support one another’s work.

https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/

The Future of Ink

http://www.thefutureofink.com

The Future of Ink has a lot of content directed at helping authors navigate their marketing choices. Denise Wakeman and Ellen Britt have pulled together a huge list of experts and great articles.

Toni and Shannon

Toni and Shannon, the self-publishing team are passionate about helping indie authors publish their work and build dedicated fan bases.

http://selfpublishingteam.com

Catherine

Catherine writes from Ireland and talks a lot about self-publishing. Her posts are fun and informative.

http://catherineryanhoward.com/

Julie Isaac

Julie Isaac, the founder of has provided tools, solutions, and support to thousands of writers since 2003.

http://blog.writingspirit.com/

Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo shares tips and suggestions for using social media to your advantage to market your work.

http://socialmediajustforwriters.com/

Louise Myers

Louise Myers talks all about the power of social media graphics, and offers tips on how you can make your presence more visually appealing.

http://louisem.com/

Writer Unboxed

Writer Unboxed has articles from a ton of contributors that all offer advice and food for thought on the craft and business of writing fiction.

http://writerunboxed.com/

Hugh Howey

An author himself, Hugh doesn’t just use his site to promote his own work, he uses it to help other authors as well.

http://www.hughhowey.com/

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly’s new site dedicated to indie authors, is in Beta mode. They have how-to stories and author profiles, and you can take one of their publishing self-evaluations.

http://booklife.com/

CJ Lyons

CJ Lyons is a pediatric ER doctor turned NY Times bestselling author. He uses experiences and offers wonderful resources for the self-published author.

http://www.norulesjustwrite.com/blog/

JA Konrath

JA Konrath is an author who blogs a lot about current events in publishing and on topics that authors should familiarize themselves with.

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com

Johnny, Sean and Dave

Johnny, Sean and Dave will speak to you. Literally. Interactive and helpful advice.

https://selfpublishingpodcast.com

Lindsay Buroker

A Fantasy author herself, Lindsay doesn’t just promote her own work on her website. She also promotes other authors AND writes blog posts with helpful advice on self-publishing.

http://www.lindsayburoker.com

Indie Reader

Everything about indie authors, books and the independent book scene all in one spot.

http://indiereader.com

Extra:

100 Best Writing Websites of 2018

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