As I grappled this week with the mechanics of self-publishing my first ebook, I turned to my fellow tweeps for advice and guidance. I discovered online resources that I didn’t even know existed, so I’d like to share them with you. I am an absolute newbie at this, so some of the information is quite basic. For those of us just starting this journey, I hope this post helps.
- David Carnoy’s excellent post on CNET walks one through the basics of self-publishing an ebook. His tips are just plain common sense. Too often I found myself caught up in the frenzy of getting the book out that I forgot to pay attention to the simple things that he recommends in this post. I think you’ll agree that it’s worth a read.
- Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, authored the bible on ebook publishing with “Secrets of Ebook Publishing Success (Smashwords Guides)”. If you’re like me, just learning to navigate the process, you need this free guide.
- I used Gavin Webber’s “How I Self Publish Ebooks” as my personal pep talk read on days when the going got tough. It’s almost like having someone hold your hand to walk you through the process. Find it here: http://bit.ly/10l6QN7
- If Marc Coker wrote the bible on ebook publishing, Joel Friedlander was surely there with his book design expertise, for print and ebooks using Microsoft Word. This man is a powerhouse in the field.
- At The Creative Penn, Joanna Penn provides help to authors with writing and publishing their books. In addition, I found that she has loads of excellent tips and resources for marketing them too.
- Need Kindle Book Cover Templates? I did and still do. http://www.ebooktemplates101.com provides tips and webinars for creating perfectly formatted ebooks and covers.
- The BookBaby Blog focuses on writing, self-publishing, and marketing your masterpiece. Lots of good information here. It is also the competition for Amazon KDP for Kindle and Smashwords.
- For those days when it seems as if everything is simply going to fall apart, take a breath and navigate over to the Copyblogger site. It’ll remind you why you’re working so hard.
Each site is a treasure trove of information, providing a different slant on the process of authoring and self-publishing ebooks . If you’ve used any of the sites and found them helpful, please leave a comment. We all see things from a different perspective so it’ll be interesting to see what you think.