Writers' Corner

This page has been set up especially for all you budding writers out there who are keen to self-publish but aren't sure where to start.  Click the links in pink below to take you to sources of useful information.  At the end, you'll find a few videos of inspiration.

 

First things first...  what about the pros & cons of being an indie author?  Here's a blog by New York Times best-selling author, Joanna Penn, on this topic.  Scroll down to the bottom and you can also download her free Author Blueprint which is full of useful tips...

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/05/22/

 

If, after reading that, you're still ready to rumble, here are a few free ebooks on how to go about self-publishing with Amazon and Smashwords.  Note that, whilst Amazon is the best-known go-to outlet, Smashwords offers a variety of download formats - for eReaders, PC screen reading & home printing.  On top of this, they offer the option to distribute your ebooks to major outlets such as Apple, Kobo and Barnes & Noble...

 

AMAZON - some free or inexpensive titles

FREE

Write Your Book on the Side by Hassan Osman

BUILDING YOUR BOOK for Kindle

Kindle Publishing by James Bell

Kindle Bestseller Publishing by Gundi Gabrielle

Kindle Direct Publishing For Absolute Beginners by Sally Jenkins

How to Publish a Book on Amazon by Matt Voss

Self-Publishing on Amazon by Chris J Brodie

SMASHWORDS

 

SMASHWORDS STYLE GUIDE
How to format & produce an ebook
SMASHWORDS BOOK MARKETING GUIDE
How to market any book for free
THE SECRETS TO EBOOK PUBLISHING SUCCESS
30 best practices of the bestselling self-published ebook authors

 

Author 2.0 Blueprint and Email Mini-Course

Free download by Joanna Penn

A great link for the newbie.  Sign up to receive tips on writing, self-publishing, marketing, etc.

 

10 Things You Need to Know about Self-Publishing

Free download by Joel Frielander (available via signup)

 


ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS
Some basic tips by award-winning author, Richard Ridley

 


The NEWBIE'S GUIDE to PUBLISHING
A very useful work by author J A Konrath
Click to download for free or

click to purchase on Amazon
 


AUDIOBOOKS for Indies
Book by Simon Whistler

 

 

STUCK?
If, after sifting through the above information, you are still not sure of something, why not click to submit a writing question on the WRITERS REIGN website?  They also have lots of 'cool stuff' on their site, including a list of writing competitions, magazines, etc.

INSPIRATIONS

RAY BRADBURY
Author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgkVNK6ViJk

JAMES ROLLINS
Author of the Sigma Force series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7Xf6CKBBYc

(The Question all Authors Hate to Answer)

DAV PILKEY
Author of the Captain Underpants books (supposedly for kids!).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=momqRMAbKfQ

(Dav Pilkey Talks about his Favorite Teacher)

PLEASE ​​NOTE: Affiliate links are used on this site. As both an Amazon Associate and Smashwords Affiliate, the author earns from qualifying purchases.