So you've been writing for a while. Maybe you've been published in magazines or on websites. Perhaps you have a blog on a niche topic, and you also have a book you're working on (or a great idea for one) but you know that getting a book published is close to impossible these days.
It's true that traditional publishing isn't getting any easier, but self-publishing is, from a technical point of view, more accessible than ever. The indie route isn't for everyone, but becoming an indie author has never been easier, and the resources available to help you are varied, easily available, affordable, and sometimes free.
I love this short slide show from eBook Review Gal, that shows you not only the benefits of indie authorship, but what you may already have to offer your readers. Take a look, then check out my recommended resources for newbie indie authors below.
My Personal Recommendations For New Indie Authors
How To Blog A Book
Advice for bloggers who want to turn their blog (or a series of posts on their blog) into a book. That's what I did when I created my first two books about freelance writing, 52 Tips For Freelance Writers and How To Start Your Freelance Writing Career From Scratch.
The Creative Penn
Brainchild of author Joanna Penn, this blog offers tips on writing, publishing and book marketing.
Catherine Ryan Howard's Blog
Catherine Ryan Howard is an author and self publisher worth listening to. She's written a ton of posts on almost every aspect of self publishing. You can find them here.
There are so many, but if you're new to indie authorship I'd recommend the following:
Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant & David Wright
How To Market A Book by Joanna Penn
Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books by David Gaughran
Sell Your Book Like Wildfire by Rob Eagar
Crack the Indie Author Code by Robert Chazz Chute
You could also browse through the Author's Quick Guide series by The Book Ninja, Kristen Eckstein and see which titles might address the areas you need to know more about.
Grab this free report: Fifty Self-Publishing Resources For Authors. Simply click that link and hit the download button. No strings attached.
Then consider signing up at Joanna Penn's site to get her free Author 2.0 Blueprint. I found that one very useful.
You can also get a free copy of 21 Ways to Write and Publish Your Non-Fiction Book from The Book Ninja site.
Feel free to check out my resource page, and all the recommended books on my essential reading list for writers and indie authors while you're here.
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