Resources We Use and Recommend
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The U.S. ISBN agency. Purchase ISBNs and barcodes.
Details on securing a Library of Congress catalog control number, which is important to have if you want to sell your book to libraries.
Create a barcode for free using Ingram Spark / Lightning Source’s cover generator
Complete the online form and Lightning Source will email you a template for your cover which includes a barcode. You can use the template to build your cover or cut the barcode from the template and place it in the cover file you have created.
Beautiful, professionally designed book templates that allow you to quickly produce a quality print book or ebook.
Create professional product shots of your book quickly and easily. Click here to read my blog on why and how I use this tool, and how you can get it for a 60% discount.
Snagit (screen capture software)
Training and support on getting your books into independent bookstores.
Training and support on getting your books into libraries.
A place on Amazon for readers to learn more about you, for you to list your books, make changes to book descriptions, track sales, and more.
Email service provider to use for your email marketing. Free for up to 1,000 subscribers. This link earns you $20 off your first payment if you choose a paid plan.
Email service provider to use for your email marketing. Free for up to 1,000 subscribers. This link earns you $20 off your first payment when you choose a paid plan.
A WordPress social media plugin that leverages the power of social media to drive more traffic and increase engagement. Features include click to Tweet, social sharing, social followers and more.
A resource for creative professionals (writers, artists, photographers) to learn how they can protect their creative assets, deter poachers and enforce rights.
Helen Sedwick’s website has a range of legal and other information for writers.
A top-ranked writing blog covering a wide range of topics
A lawyer’s thoughts on authors, self-publishing and traditional publishing
Want to turn your book into a play or movie? This blog post explains the basics and includes links for more information.
Recommended Reading (Books)
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5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors
How to market a book in only 5 minutes a day, and what to do when you are ready to dig deeper and spend more time.
Your Guide to Marketing Christian Books
These strategies and tactics for promoting Christian books can be applied to any type of book.
How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon
A comprehensive, illustrated guide to increasing your Amazon sales dramatically
The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression
The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma
Hurting Your Characters: A writer’s guide to describing injuries and pain from the character’s point of view
Learn the immediate effect of the trauma on the body, its physiologic response, and how injuries feel to the character.
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