Tips & Resources


Recommended Books

Organizations for Authors

Additional Resources

  • The Author Helper: Designed to help independent authors with analytics, marketing, and much more. Built by authors for authors.
  • BookFunnel - Service that fulfills digital sales to readers, ARCs, reader magnets and more. 
  • BookWormYogi - Copyediting and proofreading services
  • Draft2Digital - Self-publishing services. Acquiring Smashwords in 2022.
  • eBookFairs - A virtual book fair service for authors. Use discount code FRIENDS20PCT to get 20% off their services.
  • Jane Friedman - One of the most astute, insightful voices on the Internet when it comes to reporting on the book publishing industry and educating authors.
  • Jessica Bell Design - Book cover and marketing materials design
  • Kindlepreneur - Dave is a great resource for authors on self-publishing and marketing.
  • Matthew J. Holmes, The Morning ACOS - Get the latest Amazon Ads tips, tactics, strategies and insights in less than 3 minutes a day.
  • NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month (November) began in 1999. The goal: write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days.
  • New Pages - Provides online news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent and university publishers, creative writing programs, writing conferences, and more.
  • Poetry Foundation - An independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. Publisher of Poetry magazine.
  • Poets & Writers Classifieds - Classified for writing contests, conferences, workshops, editing services, calls for submission, and more. 
  • Publisher’s Weekly - Provides feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists, industry statistics, and prepublication book reviews.
  • Reedsy - A network of editors, designers, marketers, and ghostwriters for authors and publishers.
  • Smashswords - Describes itself as "the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks." Being acquired by Draft2Digital in 2022.
  • The Writer- Instructs, informs, and inspires writers, providing practical coverage of the craft of writing and of the publishing industry.
  • Writer's Relief - Helps writers make well-targeted, professional submissions to literary agents and editors.
  • Writers Weekly - Mainly about the freelance writing industry.
  • WOW! Women On Writing - Designed to support women's creativity, energy, blood, sweat and tears, throughout all stages of the writing process.
  • Writer’s Write - A comprehensive writing resource for creative writers, business writers, and bloggers.