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.

I recently updated these links as CreateSpace is no longer active. The links for formatting and publishing now use Kindle Direct Publishing, which allows you to publish both eBooks and Paperbacks. As of 5-18-2019 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.

Enjoy!
Kelly

Amazon Related Kindle Direct Publishing
Free eBook on formatting for Kindle Sign up with KDP
Kindle Select Program Kindle Create – eBooks & Paperbacks 
KDP Royalty Information Creating PDF Interior of Book
KDP List Price Requirements Steps for creating compatible PDF file
Amazon Author Central Building your book using Word for Windows
List of Professional Conversion Services Understanding Paperback Royalties
Purchase Audiobook – Audible Understanding Kindle Royalties
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
Paperwork
Obtaining your own ISBN (Bowker) Obtaining your ISBN through Amazon
Setup account at Library of Congress Copyright Site
ISBN Guides: Title Set Up & Registration (Bowker) Basics of Copyright – PDF File
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 – 2019
Smart Edit How to Start a Blog – 2019
ProWritingAid Writers Organizations
Marketing/Promotion
COS 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)
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
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)
Data Conversion Laboratory
Calibre (conversion function)
Self Publishing Bowker
Website/Blog Development Software Social Media
Domain Registration Twitter (how to)
Website Builder Pinterest 
Domain Hosting Facebook (help)
Content Management System
Blogging (WordPress on WordPress site) Social Media Manager (HootSuite.com)
Blogging (Domain Masking)(WordPress) Tumblr (about)
Blogging (your own site with WordPress)
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
WritewayPro (Free, but unsupported) Online Dictionary
Scrivener  Online Thesaurus
Sisters in Crime
Sisters in Crime (Guppies)

THE INDEPENDENT AUTHOR: A MANUAL FOR WRITERS EAGER TO EXPLORE THE WORLD OF SELF-PUBLISHING

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 be available to purchase at the end of 2019. I will update this page with specifics on where to the purchase the manual once it becomes available.