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Independent Book Publishers Association

Word Weavers International

Christian writers critique forum. Has local and online chapters, and hosts writers conferences.

Audiobook Toolkit

Authors Republic

Audiobook distribution network

Bowker Identifier Services

The U.S. ISBN agency. Purchase ISBNs and barcodes.

U.S. Copyright Office

Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number Program

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.

Bookow Free Barcode Generator 

Book Design Templates

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.


 Online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform


Ebook distribution service


Print-on-demand and global book distribution for independent authors and publishers.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

Self-publish ebooks and paper books for distribution on Amazon and other channels.

Real Fast Indie Book Marketing

Training and support on getting your books into independent bookstores.

Real Fast Library Marketing

Training and support on getting your books into libraries.

Amazon Author Central 

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.

Recommended Reading

Click on the book covers for more information.

Christian Writer’s Manual of Style
The definitive guide for anyone who writes, publishes or references religious materials.

Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook (Second Edition)

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.

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
Ten battle-tested steps that jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story.

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