Outskirts Press offers publishing packages to help writers publish their books. Some, but not all, services may be helpful.
Authorbytes builds websites and book trailers for authors.
“reKiosk is a network of user-curated digital storefronts where anyone can sell music, books, and other digital files, of their own designs or of someone else’s.”
Authors can sell their e-books direct with EZ Buy Button.
Code to add a “buy this book” widget to your website.
Tips for writing effective book descriptions from CreateSpace.
How to write effective copy for your book description/flap/jacket.
“[…] aiming at the Top Customer Reviewers is a good strategy to curating well-written, meaningful and thorough reviews for your book. Here are some more pros for putting in the time and energy to solicit these.”
The five stages of grief after publishing a first book.
Sell products and books in exchange for tweets.
Libboo is a book discovery service.
“[…] some general characteristics of a potentially winning title. How does your title match up?”
Opinion on what makes a good book title.
Keeper Kase, a way to get author autographs for e-books.
Authors can book themselves for radio interviews using RadioGuestList.com
Review the Book publishes reviews of indie books, for a small fee.
Booktrope helps authors publish books.
The Indie View provides a list of active book bloggers who review indie books for free.
The Self Publishing Review offers insights into what sells a book.
“The format of this series is straightforward: each week we invite a self-published author to complete a Q&A, telling us about their work and giving us a little taster of it. They then nominate the next self-published author to answer our questions – like a daisy chain. If we find …
OrangeBerry Book Tours helps authors promote their work.
Best-selling indie author Elle Lothlorien details her process of adding enhanced content to one of her e-books.
MerchantWords lets users see what people are searching for on Amazon.
“Because marketing is one of our greatest challenges as indie authors, IndieReCon brings you a mini-marketing know-how blitz! Featuring articles and workshops from CJ Lyons, Georgia McBride, KP Simmons and Penny Sansevieri this week promises to be all kinds of awesome!”
Trends in ebook pricing. “Ebook pricing strategies are changing rapidly as the digital market grows. Self-published authors continue to shake things up, but what might have been best practice a couple of years ago is not necessarily relevant in 2013 — and as retailers amass more data and publishers …
Tips on building an author fan base.
Tips to host a successful book launch party.
Guy Kawasaki shared his top 10 tips for self-published authors, including writing for the right reasons.
Lulu, the self-publishing platform, is launching a new service: picture.com. Picture.com “allows for instant photobook generation and the printed end products are handsomely bound books, calendars, and even business class brochures and marketing collateral.”
Be the first BookRix indie author to sell 10,000 eBooks during our promotion and receive an additional $5,000 bestseller bonus!
A list of helpful questions to ask beta readers for a novel.
An exercise to help you find your ideal reader.
“Self-publishing services platform Lulu has partnered with book data firm BookLamp to offer self-publishing authors a deep, data-driven view into what is really inside their manuscripts. Dubbed Helix, the new service allows Lulu customers to send their book manuscripts through BookLamp’s data machine which tells them how much their book …
Freelancer now lets people crowdsource for any project, using contests.
A detailed description of writing a successful marketing plan for self-published authors, by Nick Thacker.
“Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced the launch of its Life PrintSM program, a comprehensive solution for publishers to manage the complete life cycle of print books.”
Lulu has a tool to help analyze a title’s potential for being a best seller.
Screwpulp is a startup where authors self-publish using a crowd driven pricing model; books start as free and increase in price as more people download them.
Find beta readers to help polish your manuscript.
Colleen Hoover used a popular bands music in her ebook to get a wave of fans and become a bestselling author.
Fun quiz about which books are real and which are fake (hint 7 of them are real self-published bestsellers).
Why Author Solutions and some vanity presses are scams.
Six bestselling self-published authors divulge how many books they’ve sold.
What ever author website should have, including contact information, email sign-up, and books.
Andrew Savikas, the CEO of Safari Books Online, says now is a good time for subscription models for books.
Ganxy offers new promotional tools so publishers can give away e-books to a select group of readers.
David Gaughran breaks down what it means that 25% of Nook sales are self-published e-books.
Indie romance books are more often becoming bestsellers.
One author explains how podcasting increases readership of books.
New transmedia content platform, Galahad.
Nothing Binding connects writers, readers, and book buyers.
Bibliocrunch lists helpful sales tracking tools to determine the success of a book’s marketing plan and/or promotions.
Making books discoverable using search engine optimization (SEO), according to Nick Ruffilo on Publishing Perspectives.
It’s hard to sell books using social media. One author explains why on Self Publishing Review.
One author’s success story using KDP Select.
Authro, a marketing site for self-published authors.
Red14Films creates book trailers.
Top 10 mistakes self-publishers make.
Kindle formatting tips for e-books on Amazon.
Adding page breaks to e-books for Amazon.
Amazon’s Kindlegen makes MOBI e-books larger than necessary.
Guidelines for publishing on Amazon’s Kindle platform.
Hourly update of the success of a free promotion of self-published e-book, The Frog Prince by Elle Lothlorien, on Amazon.
10 marketing strategies for self-publishers. Number one is to keep writing.
Author Elle Lothlorien’s formula for having a successful free promotion on Amazon.
Net Minds, building a team to create a book, like a startup.
Buy an original, one-of-a-kind cover at selfpubbookcovers.com, starting at $69. “When you buy a cover, it is removed from our site and will no longer be available for sale anywhere.”
Self-publishing service FastPencil.
Publish and market a book via CompletelyNovel.
Four steps to writing and self-publishing a book.
Service that helps authors self-publish.
Ability to upload and sell digital comics, for a 50% royalty.
An article in WSJ on how one author became a best-seller.
Good time to self-publish.
Have you ever read a self-published book? Survey with over 1,000 responses.
A platform to find editors, marketers, and anyone else you need on your team to self-publish.
Author services, including ebook conversion, audiobook creation, distribution, marketing, and cover design.