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.
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.
An independent forum for Smashwords authors. Offers advice on a variety of self-publishing topics.
Huge forum with focus on many genres.
Lots of interaction among writers.
Writing Forums -- Beta Readers Group
Science Fiction and Fantasy World Discussion Forum
Interesting emphasis on successful published authors.
Women Writers and Women's Books
Lots of useful articles.
The Book Designer
An incredible site, full of information about how to format an eBook and more.
Look at the various interviews and articles about forensics.
Purdue Writing Lab
NonFiction Advice Sites
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.
The Yucatan Times
Below are articles that discuss self-publishing options:
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.
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.
Too expensive for me.
File conversion was poor.
Still trying to figure out how to use service remotely. Need to check, may need to buy my own ISBNs.
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.
Too expensive for me. $50 setup fee per book and other fees.
May have a relationship with EBM
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.
Not sure that this service has value.