Character Craft through to Publishing –PublishingCrawl.com
Plotting & Story Structure
KM Weilan’s Story Database -popular films and books for which she’s outlined major plot points. I read her outlines of films I’m familiar with as a guide to outline my pantsed first wip, which helped me identify plot holes and informed my revisions.
Editing & Critical Readers
Chapter 1 Critical Reader Checklist, by yours truly.
Act 1 Critical Reader Checklist, by yours truly.
12 Critical Reader Partnership Tips, also by me.
The First 5 Pages Workshop -MG & YA Only, runs monthly, participation by ballot.
5 Things Author’s Need to Know Before Hiring an Editor, an interview with editor Staci Frenes by Mixtus Media.
Different Levels of Critical Reader & Editing Services, by Amelia Wiens.
Podcasts & Youtube Channels Covering All Things Craft
iwriterly -youtube channel by Meg Latore, covering a range of writing craft (+querying and other) topics.
Alexa Donne’s Youtube Channel gives thorough coverage of all things querying (+writing advice).
Literary Agency BookEnds Youtube Channel
Twitter Pitch Parties
Which parties can I pitch my novel in? blog with pitch parties listed by genre and their website links by yours truly.
Crafting a Pitch -another blog by yours truly.
Across the Board Information
Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity has a comprehensive list of publishers accepting unsolicited submissions (in multiple countries), a long list of articles about self-publishing and other useful resources, such as contests, and where to get reviews.
Author’s Publish is a mailing list, and one of the emails they send regularly is a comprehensive, free ebook guide to publishing. Their emails also contain reviews and lists of publishers and magazines accepting unsolicited submissions and other useful advice around submitting to agents, publishers and writing in general.
Profit and Loss –How Publishers Decide What to Publish, by Jane Friedman.
How to Get Your Book Self Published by Jane Friedman.
Self Publishing & Promo Steps -youtube series by D.C. Ferguson.
Self Publishing Advice Podcast by the Alliance of Independent Authors.
Why Self Publishing Authors Should Consider Having Their Own Imprint (best considered before you do book promo).
Facebook Group 20 Writers to 50k has an All Star Thread packed with marketing tips for self published authors.
3 Unique Research Methods for Identifying Small Publishers by Jane Friedman.
Building an Author Platform
Finding Your Target Audience by Marc Guberti.
Building a Platform as an Unpublished Writer by Jane Friedman.
Author Platform Action Plan Worksheets by Jane Friedman.
Social Media Tips by Marc Guberti.
Facebook for Authors by Jane Friedman.
Social Media for Writers, by yours truly.
#WritingCommunity Hashtag Guides -Twitter & Insta, by yours truly.
Website & Blog
canva.com is great for making author related graphics (I use it for posts, newsletter headers, Pinterest pins ect.)
unsplash.com has high resolution photos (the main source of photos illustrating this blog), and makes it easy to credit the photographers for their work.
Help with Book Marketing
Where Do I Start?
Book Marketing 101 by Jane Friedman (see her blog for more marketing advice posts).
KDP Select or go Wide? Another Reedsy blog linked to more resources to help you decide whether to distribute ebooks exclusively with Kindle Select, or not.
24 Things David Kadavy Learnt From Self Publishing, including about KU.
Book Marketing FB Groups
20booksto50k -marketing strategies discussion and support for self published authors.
Wide for the Win -dedicated to marketing strategies for going wide.
Free Marketing Courses
Amazon Webinar by Brian Cohen.
Amazon Add Challenge, 7 Day Course by Brian Cohen.
5 Day Amazon Add Course, by Dave Cheeson (Kindleprenuer).
Promo Tools & Advice
127+ of the Top Free and Paid Book Promo Sites, by Kindleprenuer.
Shout My Book, offers 21 days of book promos on Twitter & Facebook.
Free & Paid Book Promotion Services, curated by Reedsy.