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...
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
Write Your Book on the Side by Hassan Osman
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
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
Free download by Joanna Penn
A great link for the newbie. Sign up to receive tips on writing, self-publishing, marketing, etc.
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
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.
Author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451.
Author of the Sigma Force series.
(The Question all Authors Hate to Answer)
Author of the Captain Underpants books (supposedly for kids!).
(Dav Pilkey Talks about his Favorite Teacher)