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A Checklist for Marketing Your eBook

A Newbie’s Guide To Publishing – The Pie

Are Writers Harming Themselves?

Author’s Bill of Rights

Birth Of The Free-Gap

Chart Of The Day – Amazon Kindle Book Sales

Dead Men Walking 

Failed Book Marketing – Forget Free Books

Five Ways Social Media Can Destroy Your Writing

How eBook Buyers Discover eBooks

How Not To Deal With A Bad Review

How Many Books Before You’re A Best-Seller

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Rewriting

Obtaining Reviews

Publisher Rejections Never Cease To Amaze

Real Gatekeeper in Publishing Now? Authors

Rise UP Authors: Stretch Forward

Seven Lessons I Learnt In Seventh Grade

Steal This e-Book

Stupid Little Authors, Don’t They Know Their Place

Using Twitter Effectively

What’s Good Etiquette For An Independent Site

What’s New With Smashwords

What Works – Promo For eBooks

Whither The Short Story?

Writing Through The Lows

HELPFUL LINKS FOR INDIE WRITERS

***A BIG thank you to Christiana Miller (author of Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She’s Dead, who started this an awesome, awesome list (in 2012) to help you. Other links have been added since then and may differ from the original version. ***

To Publish:

https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin  (E-Book)

http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/  (E-Book)

http://www.smashwords.com/  (E-Book)

https://www.createspace.com/  (Paperback Books)

http://www.lulu.com/  (Paperback and Hardcover Books)

http://www.overdrive.com/#2

http://www1.lightningsource.com/

Important Links if You Want to Publish Audiobooks:

https://www.acx.com/

http://www.podiobooks.com/ (Podcast-based audiobooks)

http://www.audiobookvoicetalent.com/

http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/gvpages/index.shtml

http://www.beeaudio.com/

http://perfectvoices.net/

http://voice123.com/

http://www.voices.com/audiobooks/finding-an-audiobook-narrator

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/305358-lc-best-and-worst-audiobook-narrators

To Buy ISBNs:

http://www.isbn.org/ (U.S.)

http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=121  (U.K.)

Conversion Software:

http://calibre-ebook.com/

http://www.mobipocket.com/en/downloadsoft/productdetailscreator.asp

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000765211

http://www.jutoh.com/

http://code.google.com/p/sigil/

Blogs That You Should Check Out:

http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/

http://blog.smashwords.com/

http://booksat.scarlettrugers.com/bookcoverdesign

http://catherinebybee.blogspot.com/

http://www.christianamiller.com/Christiana_Miller_Site/Ye_Olde_Writing_Blog/Ye_Olde_Writing_Blog.html

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/

http://gailcarsonlevine.blogspot.com/

http://indeliblewriters.blogspot.com/

http://jackson-pearce.com/

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/

http://jennybent.blogspot.com/

http://jimbutcher.livejournal.com/

http://guidohenkel.com/

http://kristenweber.com/blog/

http://kriswrites.com/

http://marissameyer.livejournal.com/

http://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/

http://phoenixsullivan.blogspot.com/

http://plotwhisperer.blogspot.com/

http://sjmaas.livejournal.com/

http://www.stevenpressfield.com/

http://talliroland.blogspot.com/

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/

http://thedarksalon.blogspot.com/

http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/

http://thisblogisaploy.blogspot.com/

http://tonyakappes.blogspot.com/

http://veronicasicoe.dyndns.org:1001/wordpress/

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

http://writeitforward.wordpress.com/

http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/

http://www.howtowriteshop.com

http://www.lindsayburoker.com/

http://www.publetariat.com/

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/

http://www.yaindie.com/

Freelance Editors:

http://ashleycase.com/

http://bevharrosproofreading.weebly.com/

http://www.bookeditorcoach.com/index.htm

http://cedarsky.net/

http://ebookeditingpro.com/

http://hollowayhouse.me/

http://indie-editor.webs.com/

http://jenniferpooley.com/

http://www.kristenweber.com/

http://www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com/

http://www.moviesmackdown.com/smackrefs/editors/eric-estrin

http://myeditingservice.com/

http://onceuponabookcover.blogspot.com/

http://peggyireland.blogspot.ca/

http://redadeptpublishing.com/editing-services/

http://rewriterewordrework.wordpress.com/about/

http://theeyesforediting.com/

http://wordvagabond.wordpress.com/editing-services/

http://www.everything-indie.com/

http://www.lastdraftediting.com/index.html

http://www.rachelstarrthomson.com/

http://rhondaedits.com/

http://www.victoryediting.com/services.html

Formatters:

http://b10mediaworx.com/b10mwx/

http://www.candescentpress.com/

http://cyberwitchpress.com/

http://www.everything-indie.com/

http://www.facebook.com/EbookFormatting/info

http://hollowayhouse.me/

http://www.jasonga.com/ebook-formatting

http://thebeautifulpeopleawritersjourney.blogspot.com/p/hire-me-to-format-your-e-books-and.html

http://www.writersblockadminservices.com/ebook-formatting/

Blogs To Notify For Free Book Promos:

http://addictedtoebooks.com/

http://authormarketingclub.com/members/submit-your-book/

http://bargainebookhunter.com/feature-your-book/

http://blog.booksontheknob.org/

http://the-cheap.net/contact-2/

http://ereadernewstoday.com/

http://fireapps.blogspot.com/p/for-app-developers.html

http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/for-authors/

http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.com/

http://freebooksy.com

http://goodkindles.blogspot.com/p/how-to-add-book.html

http://kindle-author.com/advertise/

http://kindlenationdaily.com/

http://thefrugalereader.wufoo.com/forms/frugal-freebie-submissions/

http://thekindledailydeal.com/contact.cfm

http://super-e-books.com/submit-your-book/

http://www.centsibleereads.com/p/for-authors.html

http://www.ereaderiq.com/free/

http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/

http://www.freeebooksdaily.com/p/contact.html

http://www.indiebookslist.com/

http://www.pixelofink.com/

http://kindlespice.com/submissions

http://www.shainarichmond.com/myblogs/spicy-romance-submission-form/

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFNrbUVhS3JUQW5EREtaOTB6UUwtUnc6MQ

http://www.squidoo.com/going-free-kindle-ebook-promotional-campaigns-for-authors

http://ruthnestvold.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/promoting-ebooks-with-kdp-select/

http://www.talismanbookpublishing.com/promotions/

Cover Designers:

http://bookcovers.creativindie.com/

http://booksat.scarlettrugers.com/

http://www.candescentpress.com

http://coverart.joleenenaylor.com/

http://digitaldonna.com/

http://fiverr.com/

http://flipcitybooks.com/

http://gentlepeneditorials.com/portfolio/

http://gobookcoverdesign.com/

http://jaebeecreations.com/samples.html

http://www.jsimmonsillustration.com/

http://killercovers.com/#ebook

http://mycoverart.wordpress.com/

http://onceuponabookcover.blogspot.com/p/book-cover-design_07.html

http://spearcarrier.daportfolio.com/

http://streetlightgraphics.com/

http://artbykarri.com/

http://www.missmaesite.com/designingbookcovers.htm

http://thecovercounts.blogspot.com/

https://www.elance.com/

http://www.everything-indie.com/

Cover Art:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources

http://www.coverreadyart.com/

http://booksat.scarlettrugers.com/bookcoverdesign/resource-list-of-stock-image-websites-photo-vector-and-footage-free-and-paid/

http://ifi.photoshelter.com/

http://papiliophotos.com/?service=page&action=show_home_page&language=en

http://us.fotolia.com/

http://www.visionsingolf.com/

http://www.123rf.com/

http://www.acclaimimages.com/

http://www.adigitaldreamer.com/gallery/index.php

http://www.alaskastock.com/Index.asp

http://www.alunablue.com/

http://www.arcticphoto.com/

http://www.artbeats.com/

http://www.artbitz.com/

http://www.artres.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=ARTHO1_3_VForm

http://www.blendimages.com/

http://www.bluemoonstockphotos.com/

http://www.canstockphoto.com/

http://www.cfgphoto.com/

http://www.cgtextures.com/

http://www.chalkartstudio.com/home.aspx

http://www.corbisimages.com

http://www.cornerhousestock.com/

http://www.crestock.com/

http://www.dartmoorarchive.org/

http://depositphotos.com/

http://www.deviantart.com/

http://www.digitalanarchy.com/

http://www.digitaljuice.com/

http://www.dinodia.com/

http://www.dreamstime.com/

http://www.europestockphotos.com/search.php

http://www.everynight.co.uk/

http://www.fairfaxsyndication.com/

http://www.foodanddrinkphotos.com

http://www.footagebank.com/home.asp

http://us.fotolia.com/

http://www.fotolibra.com/

http://www.fotoscopio.com/

http://www.fotosearch.com/

http://www.francisfrith.com/

http://www.galaxypix.com/

http://www.garden-collection.com/

http://www.gardenworldimages.com/

http://www.gekkoimages.com/

http://www.gettyimages.com.au/

http://www.hotdamnstock.com/

http://www.illustrationweb.com/

http://www.imagesource.com/

http://www.inmagine.com/

http://www.israelimages.com/

http://www.istockphoto.com/

http://www.johnbirdsall.co.uk/

http://www.jpsviewfinder.com/

http://www.jupiterimages.com/Collections/BananaStock

http://www.klemcoll.com/

http://www.lebrecht.co.uk/

http://www.leonardsmith.co.uk/

http://www.lonelyplanetimages.com/

http://www.loupeimages.com/Index.asp

http://www.marinethemes.com/

http://www.masterfile.com/

http://www.mindenpictures.com/

http://www.morguefile.com/

http://www.narratives.co.uk/

http://www.northwindpictures.com/

http://www.officialpsds.com/stocks

http://www.onimage.co.uk/do/onimage/

http://www.ozimages.com.au/

http://www.pacificstock.com/Index.asp

http://www.petemcarthur.com/stockhome.asp

http://www.photo-key.com/

http://www.photoalto.com/

http://www.photoresourcehawaii.com/

http://www.photos.com/

http://www.photoshot.com/home.jsp

http://www.photosindia.com/Home/Default.aspx

http://www.picturesque.com/

http://www.picturesque.com/

http://www.retrostockpix.com/

http://www.romancenovelcovers.com/

http://www.sciencefaction.com/

http://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/

http://www.sciencephoto.com/

http://www.shutterstock.com/

http://www.simmonds.com.au/

http://www.stockbyway.com.au/

http://www.stockphotofinder.com/

http://www.storee.se/

http://www.sxc.hu/

http://www.theispot.com/

http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/

http://totallyfreeimages.com/

http://www.travel-library.co.uk/

http://www.vandaimages.com/index.asp

http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons

Helpful Boards:

http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/board,60.0.html  (Writer’s Cafe)

http://www.bksp.org  (Writer’s Forum)

http://community.podiobooks.com/ (Forum)

http://www.authormarketingclub.com

http://www.indiebooklounge.com/

Industry News:

http://bookbee.net/

http://idpf.org/

http://www.epicorg.com/ebook-news.html

Transferring paper books to e-files:

http://www.blueleaf-book-scanning.com/

U.S. Copyright Office:

http://www.copyright.gov/

To Get a List of E-Book Formatters and Cover Artists

– Send an email to Smashwords, asking for Mark’s List.

To Get a List of Just About Everything:

http://writersresourcedirectory.com/eBooks.html

Sign into Writer’s Café on the Kindle Boards and go to Kindleboards Yellow Pages for Writers.

Here’s the link to the thread: http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php/topic,50419.msg868937.html#msg868937

FREE HOW-TO GUIDES

E-Publishing:

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/lets-get-digital/

http://www.amazon.com/Write-Good-or-Die-ebook/dp/B003H4QZOG/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1335126132&sr=1-5

You can also download “Be The Monkey” for free, from either Barry Eisler’s or J.A. Konrath’s webstores.

E-Book Formatting:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52

http://www.amazon.com/Smashwords-Style-Guide-Format-ebook/dp/B004XWJ7UK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334979676&sr=8-1

https://simg1.imagesbn.com/pimages/pubit/support/pubit_epub_formatting_guide.pdf

http://guidohenkel.com/2010/12/take-pride-in-your-ebook-formatting/

http://johnaugust.com/2009/kindle-formatting-for-web-geeks

http://www.jmooneyham.com/cheat-sheet-how-to-make-your-own-amazon-kindle-ebook-in-hours.html

http://www.idsystem.cz/kindle/

Audiobook Formatting:

http://www.podiobooks.com/authors/PBAuthoringGuidev2.0.4.pdf

Marketing:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/305

http://www.amazon.com/Smashwords-Book-Marketing-Guide-ebook/dp/B004XR57PE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334979654&sr=8-2

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/145431

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