I have been asked several times this month what I think are the best current sources of information for the eBook author. I think research is a key element in an indie’s quest for success so I spend a lot of time reading blogs and books on publishing and writing.
I did a little research on my research and this is what I came up with. These are my favorites. You may not agree or I have left a good blog out but at least this list could be a starting point for the would-be author.
I have over 100 blogs queued up in Google Reader. I started with a modest list and as I saw what kinds of content they were providing, I adjusted my list. Some of the blogs I follow are related to libraries and education and or not included in the following list.
I skim the title and if it is something I am interested in, I either read it quickly, print it out for future reference or bookmark it.
You will need to prune your list to your needs. For example, some blogs that are rated highly by some list sources, I don’t follow. I am looking for information and ideas not at how good they are or how successful they have become. One successful writer was recommended and I bookmarked the blog. After a month or so I deleted that blog from my list. The writer’s sales numbers was not the type of information I was looking for.
The following is my list by topic of blogs and books I have found the best sources of information.
Cats Eye Writer – Judy Dunn
Judy’s blogging advice is a must read if you’re going to market your ebook through the blogosphere.
Book Design and Covers
The Book Designer – Joel Friedlander
His Goal: “To help publishers and authors who decide to publish their own books get to market with a great looking, properly constructed book, on time and on budget.”
Book Making – Michael N. Marcus
Michael byline: “He discusses writing, editing, publishing and sometimes none of the
above. Sometimes he draws attention to inept publishers and writers. It’s his duty
and his compulsion.”
Book Trends Blog – Bob Spear
Bob’s blog is always a good read. It is directed to the ebook author. He seems to touch all phases of the ebook experience.
Marketing – how to
Author Marketing Experts, Inc. – Penny Sansevieri
Her bio states “I started Author Marketing Experts, Inc because I’m an author and I wanted to give authors a company that understood them, knew the publishing industry and knew what they wanted.”
Marketing Tips For Authors – Tony Eldridge
Tony’s blog is one of the most helpful blogs in the ebook industry from the marketing point of view. His site states: “He … shares his book marketing tips with fellow authors through his blog and through his free video marketing tips for authors.”
Writing and Publishing Assistance
A Book Inside – How to Write and Publish a Book – Carol Denbow
Her by-line: “How to Write a Fiction, Non-Fiction Book, or Novel, find a Publisher or Publishing Option, and Market Your Book for Free. Tips and Expert Advice.”
Indie Author – April L. Hamilton
April’s by-line: “I’m now offering professional services to self-publishers: editing (developmental, copyediting & proofreading), formatting for print or ebook publication (Kindle, iBook, Smashwords, epub, etc.), ebook conversion/setup, cover design, and general publishing and author platform consultation by phone or email.”
Self-Publishing Resources – Sue Collier
This is a great source of information for self-publishing authors. Her blog states: “We know the challenges self-publishing authors face, and we’re experts at guiding them to success. From initial book development through winning promotion and sales, we know how to assist authors to surpass their personal and professional publishing goals.”
The Creative Penn – Joanna Penn
Joanna is an author and blogger with great ideas for the indie ebook author. She states: “I wanted to share this information with other people who want to become authors, because I found the traditional publishing route confusing, too difficult and slow when I first started. I also made a lot of mistakes that I want to help others avoid!”
The Publishing Maven – Christy Pinheiro
Christy’s blog always has great information and ideas on publishing. She has a small press that publishes nonfiction books.
Workshop and Training
All Smart Cookies – Emily Hill
She conducts workshops and seminars in the northwest. She stresses coaching for indie authors with a section on the Self-publishing guidelines with Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.
Helpful books I have read recently
A Self-Publisher’s Companion – Joel Friedlander
Joel does a great job in discussing self-publishing, blogging and the social networking part of the book business. This is a great extension to his blogging site, www.thebookdesigner.com.
Since most publishers have deserted the ebook author in the marketing task, you need the knowledge Joel presents to get started in the right direction.
All Smart Cookies Can Self-Publish – Emily Hill
This is a quick guide which discusses the step-by-step list of elements necessary to self-publisher an ebook with lots of linked references. Best advice to a new ebook author: “When your first book comes out, be prepared for nothing much to happen. That’s normal.”
Two other good books I have read recently that are directed at self-publishing authors are:
The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing – Sue Collier and Marilyn Ross
The Step-by-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit! Start Your Own Home-Based Publishing Company and Publish Your Non-Fiction Book with CreateSpace and Amazon - Christy Pinheiro
All the blogs on my list I follow religiously. The books on my list I have read recently and I have taken away something from each one of them. I know my research is not complete but this got me started.
Let me know what you think of my list. I found them very helpful. Please add to the list other valuable references.
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About the Author: James Moushon
I am a published writer in the electronic document field. Starting over 15 years ago, I helped lead the startup of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products and training seminars. I worked with over 200 companies and organizations like the IRS, Commerce Clearing House, Nutrilite, UPS, MGM, Sony International and Royal Paper Box with their conversion from paper forms to electronic forms. In 2003 I changed my focus to ebooks and their development. I commented in a recent interview: “The start of the ebook industry as a major publishing method in many ways parallels the start of the acceptance of electronic forms by businesses in the mid 1990’s. Back then major companies controlled the process but with the advent of inexpensive technology (laser printers), the ease of entry and the development of software to drive these devices, the electronic forms industry was formed. Today the ebook reader and new software are driving the startup of the ebook industry.”