Self-Publishing

Below is a list of resources for those considering the self-publishing route.


Self-publishing Information and Resources

Aeonix - independent publisher resource with articles and warnings.

The Alliance of Self Published Authors - professional organization for writers - blog features advice and tips.

APSS - formerly SPAN, Association of Publishers for Special Sales, a small and independent publisher organization.

Beagle Bay Inc. - consulting, book packaging, and production services company - they have a really good FAQ section covering traditional, subsidy, and self-publishing, along with publishing company set-up, formatting, etc.

Biblio Crunch - self-publishing tips and resources.

The Book Designer - self-publishing tips from formatting to marketing, plus various services.

Book Market - John Kremer is a publishing and promoting master. This site is overflowing with resources.

The Creative Penn - author Joanna Penn offers resources to help you write, publish and market your book.

Fix My Story - marketing tips and optimizing your book’s visibility.

Go Publish Yourself - membership required for full access, but they also offer a lot of resources in areas such as printing, ebooks, and marketing.

Gropen Associates - “Reference Desk for Publishers,” everything from budgeting to production and distribution.

IBPA - Independent Book Publishers Association, offering many services and opportunities for its members.

Indelibles - tips and resources.

Jane Friedman - advice from a hybrid author

Literary Marketplace - the largest book industry resource available. Lists anything and everything connected with publishing, from distributors to libraries to illustrators and more. Can access the website with a subscription, order the print form, or check out the two volume book set at the library.

The Passive Voice - publishing tips and updates from a lawyer.

Publishing... And Other Forms of Insanity - self publishing resources and more

The Publishing Game - information for all authors, including marketing, booksellers, media, and more.

Reedsy - helps authors collaborate with expert editors and book designers

Self Published Authors Helping Other Authors - resources and tips on writing, publishing, and promoting.

Support Indie Authors - organization that offers resources and advertising opportunities along with membership.

Wise Ink - advice, writing tips, marketing, and more.

Writers Beware - subsidy, editor, contest, and other scams listed.

Writers Weekly - features a long list of articles about POD printing and publishing.


Finding an Editor

Author EMS - list of freelance editors and proofreaders

Book Editing Associates - directory.

Bookmarket - large list of editors.

Editorial Freelancers Association - full directory.

Kindlepreneur - list, tips, and information.

The Literary Consultancy - manuscript assessment, editorial services, and more

SFWA - editors & assessment services information, listings, and more resources

Where Writers Win - list of freelance editors


Business Resources

Book Industry Study Group - The BISG site offers a lot and they are responsible for the publishing industry genre designations. Explore their lists for your books’ primary genre designation and code.

Bowker - The only company authorized to sell ISBNs - you can purchase them in batches of 10, 100, etc. Purchasing ISBNs from Bowker lists you as the publisher. (As opposed to “renting” them from CreateSpace, Smashwords, or a POD publisher.) Bowker also sells bar codes for print books.

Bowker Link - For publishers and distributors seeking to update or add to title listings found in Books In Print, Global Books In Print, and the Publisher Authority Database. Register your publishing company and get access to the largest databases of books in the world.

CIP Block Designer - A CIP block is for librarians to help them classify and shelve a print book. While not necessary, a CIP block adds credibility and professionalism to a print book.

Copyright.gov - Once you have a finished product, you can register and copyright it.

Library of Congress - Once you have a print book formatted, you can register for a PNC/LCCN.


Illustrators

Best Children’s Books - list of children’s book illustrators

Book Marketing Bestsellers - John Kremer’s list of book cover designers

Children’s Illustrators - children’s book illustrators.

Duncan Long - illustrator with a large list of other illustrators

Ebook Crossroads - children’s illustrators.

Fiverr - book covers & packaging.

Illustration Web - children’s book illustrators.

Karen Woodward - tips and list of illustrators

The Kentucky Indie Writers - list of illustrators

Picture Book Artists - cover and interior illustrators.

Wikipedia - list of illustrators.


Book formatting

Aardvark Global Publishing - print formatters.

Book Market- list of eBook formatters and distributors.

Bookbaby - e-book formatting and distribution.

Computerworld - e-book formatting tips.

EBookit - conversion and distribution.

Ebooks Crossroads - list of e-book formatters and other services.

Ebook Partnership - e-book formatting and distribution.

Kindle Formatting - e-book formatting tips for Kindle.

Lightning Source - e-book formatting and distribution.

Make Tech Easier - e-book formatting tips for Kindle.

Marnick Press - print book formatters.

Smashwords - Largest e-book distributor, they feature a very simple, easy to understand style guide for e-book formatting.


Printers

Aeonix - large list of book printers.

Book Market - book printers.

Gropen Associates - offset book printers.

Instant Publisher - printing and layout services

Lightning Source - largest digital publisher. Owned by Ingram, so all books are automatically wholesaled by them.

Print Resources - list of printers.


Print Book Distributors

Book Market - list of distributors.

Bookmasters - print and e-book distribution.

IBPA - Independent Book Publishers Association’s list of distributors.

Ingram Spark - e-book distribution.

Internet Bookselling - list of wholesalers.

Lightning Source - formats and distributes to every platform.

Wikipedia - list of distributors.


E-book Distributors

Art Official Media - e-book distributor.

Bookbaby - formats and distributes to every platform.

Bookmasters - e-book and print distribution.

BookTango - e-book distribution.

Ebook Partnership - formats and distributes to every platform.

eBookIt - e-book distributor.

Ingram Spark - e-book distribution.

Lightning Source - formats and distributes to every platform.

Overdrive - e-book distributor. Must have ten titles to be considered.

PublishDrive - e-book distributor.

Smashwords - largest e-book distributor - almost every platform except Kindle - and featuring an easy-to-follow style guide.

StreetLib - e-book distributor.

Vearsa - e-book distribution.

Vook - e-book distribution.


Library Distributors

Baker & Taylor - largest library wholesaler.

EBSCO - top library distributor.

Ingram - top library distributor.

Overdrive - top library distributor.

Quality Books - top library distributor.

Word Central - list of library distributors.


Audio Books

ACX - audio book creation and distribution.

Audio Book Market - distributor; also distributes print and ebooks.

Authors Republic - distributor.

Learn Out Loud - list of audio and video publishers and retailers.

Voices - list of audio book publishers and distributors.


Book Reviewers

Blog Nation - database of book bloggers, search by genre.

Book Blogger List - database of book bloggers, search by genre.

EBook Crossroads - database of reviewers, including those for audio books.

FSB Media - very large database of book bloggers, search by genre.

The Indie View - list of reviewers for self-published books.

Manic Readers - list of book review sites.


Genre Fan Sites

Cozy-Mystery - cozy mystery fan site.

Fresh Fiction - romance fan site.

Historum - historical fiction fan site.

Mystery Net - all forms of mystery with a forum and resources, including a list of mystery bookstores, events, and awards.

YA Book Central - young adult fan site.