Tips & Thoughts

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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


***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:  (E-Book)  (E-Book)  (E-Book)  (Paperback Books)  (Paperback and Hardcover Books)

Important Links if You Want to Publish Audiobooks: (Podcast-based audiobooks)

To Buy ISBNs: (U.S.)  (U.K.)

Conversion Software:

Blogs That You Should Check Out:

Freelance Editors:


Blogs To Notify For Free Book Promos:

Cover Designers:

Cover Art:

Helpful Boards:,60.0.html  (Writer’s Cafe)  (Writer’s Forum) (Forum)

Industry News:

Transferring paper books to e-files:

U.S. Copyright Office:

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:

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

Here’s the link to the thread:,50419.msg868937.html#msg868937



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

E-Book Formatting:

Audiobook Formatting:


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