Writer and Humoratarian

125+ Useful Links

The original links to products, services, and information were an appendix in the manual I provided during the Independent Author workshop. Since that time I have updated the links. I have personally used some of these products/services, but not all. As always, I recommend doing your research before plunking down a lot of cash.

As of 9-5-2016 the sites were active with no evidence of malware. However, I do not control these websites and advise normal cautions related to safe internet usage.

The links are not affiliate links, so I do not make money if you click on one. However, I do have a financial interest in the links for domain registration, website building, and hosting. The links connect you to www.ownthatname.com, our reseller site for these services. We make a nominal amount if you register your domain name through us.


Amazon Related CreateSpace
Free eBook on formatting for Kindle Sign up with CreateSpace
Kindle Select Program PDF Submission Guide (PDF dowload file)
KDP Royalty Information Creating PDF Interior of Book
KDP List Price Requirements Steps for creating compatible PDF file
Amazon Author Central Creating a book with CreateSpace
List of Professional Conversion Services Understanding Royalties
Purchase Audiobook – Audible Royalty Calculator
Create AudioBook – ACX Cover Creator Tutorial Video
Book Cover Template
Other Publishers  Doing the Work
Nook Press (Barnes & Noble) NanoWrimo – National Writing Month
LuLu Workspace in the United States
Smashwords Workspace – Inspirational
List of Self Publishers My Workspace
Obtaining your own ISBN (Bowker) Copyright Site
Setup account at Library of Congress Basics of Copyright – PDF File
ISBN Guides: Title Set Up & Registration (Bowker)
ISBN Guides: Basic Information (Bowker)
EAN-13 Barcode Generator
Pre-assigned Control Number Program Scope
About the Pre-Assigned Control Number
Editing Software/Services Links to Links
AutoCrit Online Editing Program 100 Best Websites for Writers – 2016
Smart Edit Best Places to Start a Blog – 2016
ProWritingAid Local & National Writer’s Associations
Preditors & Editors
Circle of Seven Productions – Book Trailers Google Books
Animoto – Create your own videos Organizing a Blog Tour
Reader Site (GoodReads Author Program) Blog Tour – Partners in Crime
Reader Site (LibraryThing) Bookmarks – Postcards – 48 hour print
Kindle Promo (Bookbub) Bookmarks – Postcards – vistaprint
Kindle Promo (Pixel of Ink) Bookmarks – Postcards – gotprint
Kindle Promo (eReader News Today) Paid Reviews – Publisher Weekly
Kindle Promo (Digital Book Today) Paid Reviews – Kirkus Indie
Kindle Promo (Flurries of Words) eBook signing – Authorgraph
Kindle Promo (Free Booksy) eBook signing – Autography
Kindle Promo (Snick List) Book Sales Online e-junkie
Promotional Products Shop – Cafe Press Mobile Phone Merchant Account – Squareup
Advertise on Google Promotion Campaigns – Constant Contact
72 Places to Promote Your Kindle
Review Blogger(young adult only) Stock Sound Files
Indie Reviewers List Stock Sound Files
Author Blogging 101
Contest – Next Generation Indie Book Awards QR code generator – Enhanced
Contest – Writer’s Digest
Contest – IPPYS
Link Shortening Site bitly
Link Shortening Site tinyurl
Photo sharing site tinypic
Publishing Software/Services Cover Design Software/Services
Adobe InDesign Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud
Quark GNU Image Manipulation Program
Book Design Templates Custom Design Sourcing
About Microsoft Fonts Stock Photography, Vector Art, Video, Sounds
Google Fonts Stock Photography
Free Fonts Stock Photography & Vector Art
Font Licensing
52 Novels (eBook publishing)
ePubconversions.com (eBook conversion)
Data Conversion Laboratory
Calibre (conversion function)
Self Publishing Bowker
Website/Blog Development Software Social Media
Domain Registration Twitter (how to)
Website Builder Pinterest (to join)
Domain Hosting Facebook (help)
Content Management System Google+ (Learn more)
Blogging (WordPress on WordPress site) Social Media Manager (HootSuite.com)
Blogging (Domain Masking)(WordPress) Tumblr (about)
Blogging (your own site with WordPress) Vine (about)
Blogging with Blogger Instagram Basics
Website Analysis with Google
Digital Rights Management (on your own)
Writing/Research Software Author Support
Word Processor (Free) Writer’s Cafe
Word Processor (Free) Mobile Read Forums
Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, + more) Association of Independent Authors
Personal Database to store research Authors Helping Authors Group
Database to store research (Free) Book Designer Resource
Database to store research (Free) Grammar Advice
Online Dictionary
Online Thesaurus
Sisters in Crime
Sisters in Crime (Guppies)


The manual created for the workshop and from where this appendix was taken includes details on the process I followed to publish both the paperback and digital versions of Buying Time: An Aspen Moore Novel. The manual covers my journey to publication, including the paperwork required, step by step formatting of the book, development of the cover, and what I did to market my book. The manual is currently under revision and will once again be available to purchase at the end of 2016. I will update this page with specifics on where to the purchase the manual once it becomes available.