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"I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." -- Thomas Jefferson

Writers Resources


When searching for questions about writing (including grammar questions), publishing, marketing and more. These websites & forums offer a great deal of useful information and guidance.


Smashwords

http://www.smashwords.com/
Founder Mark Coker makes it easy to publish your great American novel. He provides a free Style Guide and an eBook on Marketing, and more.

Smashwords Forum

http://smashwords-forum.proboards.com/
An independent forum for Smashwords authors. Offers advice on a variety of self-publishing topics.

Writing Forums

http://www.writingforums.com
Huge forum with focus on many genres.
Lots of interaction among writers.


http://www.writingforums.com/group.php?groupid=71
Small group on Writers Forum focused on writers seeking Beta Readers and writers willing to Beta Read the work of other writers.

Science Fiction and Fantasy World Discussion Forum

http://www.sffworld.com/forums/
Interesting emphasis on successful published authors.

Women Writers and Women's Books

http://booksbywomen.org/
Lots of useful articles.

The Book Designer

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/
An incredible site, full of information about how to format an eBook and more.

Thrill Writing

http://thrillwriting.blogspot.mx/
Look the various interviews and articles about forensics. 

NonFiction Advice Sites
 

BellaOnline  
http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=65&page=1


A Few Good Article Submission Sites 

There are many sites that solicit or accept article submissions but often there is no compensation other than to promote you as an author or writer. But, they are useful in building your resume and promoting your work.

Most sites want articles relevant to their audience. Review the site contents. Look for submission requirements before making a submission or query.

Boomer Cafe
https://www.boomercafe.com/

SingularCity
http://singularcity.com/

The Yucatan Times
http://www.theyucatantimes.com/


Self-Publishing/PODs
Below are articles that discuss self-publishing options:

From:  

www.cnet.com/news/self-publishing-a-book-25-things-you-need-to-know/ 

Also, this article from Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America offers a good overview of self-publishing options and processes. www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/pod/ 

Here's another detailed article regarding the "real" costs of self-publishing: www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/05/the-real-costs-of-self-publishing-book/ 

Another good source for formatting your ebook is The Book Designer: www.thebookdesigner.com/.
Joel Friedlander also wrote: Print and eBook design differences. forums.createspace.com/en/community/docs/DOC-2081 This is especially useful because you format an eBook differently than a print-ready PDF. 

For a good description and how-to make a print-ready PDF, go to Expresso Book Machine: www.ondemandbooks.com/ I do not offer an endorsement of this company, I have not done any business with them.

Article with list of self-pub services and SW: http://sfwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/20-Self-Pub-Tools-and-Services.pdf 

Photo Book Publishers
While many small publishers can produce photo books, many specialize in what I call "coffee table" books. The list below are "photo book" publishers.

Heritagemakers
http://www.heritagemakers.com/

Snapfish
http://www.snapfish.com/photo-gift/custom-photo-books

Shuttlerfly
http://www.shutterfly.com/?cid=SEMSN.BRAND&kw=673206&mpch=ads

Costco
http://www.costcophotocenter.com/Home 


POD Publishers
This list is not an endorsement of any of these companies. I am investigating how I can offer a print-ready PDF for customers where shipping costs are too high to buy a book online. 

BookBaby 
Too expensive for me.

BookPatch 

CreateSpace 

D2D 
File conversion was poor. 

ExpressoBookMachine 
EBM
Still trying to figure out how to use service remotely. Need to check, may need to buy my own ISBNs. 

Gumroad 
Probably don't sell ISBNs.
Site does not offer enough information without creating an account to make an informed decision.
Now, you have to pay a monthly fee and a percentage.
Re-reviewing site 

IngramSpark
Too expensive for me. $50 setup fee per book and other fees. 

Kobo
May have a relationship with EBM 

Lulu
 Can buy ISBNs or use your own.
They can not offer the separate sale of a print ready PDF.
But, may use to load file to offer POD.
Costs seem reasonable.

PressBooks

 Not sure that this service has value.

Costco

Walmart

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ria,
    Thanks for visiting my blog, MeridaGOround, and leaving a book suggestion, a title by Thom Hartman. I'll have a look. ¿ Are you aware that your name means Estuary, in Spanish ? ~eric.

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