As I learn more about this business (and make no mistake, it is a business, I find I have lots of information I’ve gathered, and bearing in mind how long it has taken me to track down and experiment with all this stuff, I decided to keep a page of useful sites, books and posts so that you won’t need to spend so much time searching them out for yourselves.
I may vary the arrangement from time to time, and will keep adding and updating links as often as I can, but don’t shoot me if something is no longer current, please!
You may need to scroll down the page to locate what you are looking for, but to save you more of that precious time, right now the order of info below is:
- Blogging, social media and website info
- Links to recommended reviewer and editors
- Books and links on writing craft
- Publishing and marketing info
HOW TO START BLOGGING
We all hear how important it is for writers to have a ‘platform’ – well, your blog will serve as the hub for your social media, the place that links it all together.
If you are not sure where/how to get started, take a look at this site: How to Start a Blog – the Step by Step Guide
Also, this clearly laid out site offers you the choice of quick or in depth guides: https://thewebsiteroad.com/
And if you’re not convinced about why you should be blogging, see this post: Reasons To Start A Blog
Links to a collection of great posts on blogging by Molly Greene
If you want to build a really professional looking website rather than just a blog, take a look at this simple, pictorial set of instructions at: http://www.createyourwebsites.com/
Tips on using social media sites – and a useful blog to follow
Take a look at this useful cheat sheet on using and sizing images in social media
And learn to use CANVA – a free image design tool that’s quite easy even for non-techies, to create images for just about anything!
even book covers if you are feeling adventurous (or skint!), although I would always recommend a professional cover unless you are very switched on about genre specific design.
Including: 12 Most Relevant Reasons You Should Self-Publish
As a self-published author here are 12 good reasons to self-publish your book
Looking for a book reviewer?
Take a look at: The Book Review Directory
Design your own logo
Free (for low res) and good value high res – every author should have one!
How about a translation service?
Babelcube translates for free, then takes a share of the royalties.
THE EMOTION THESAURUS
One of the most useful little books I’ve found in ages
Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment, including situations where a character is trying to hide their feelings from others. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them.
This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.
About the Authors
This is not a book about why you don’t need an editor. This is a book about first editing your own work to the best of your ability, so that when you hand your manuscript over to an editor, it is as free of placeholder writing, as devoid of verbal crutches, as lean and clean as you know how to make it.
Good editing by the writer—before an outside editor ever sees your work—can make the difference between an okay book and a good one, or between a good book and a great one.
Six easy tips for self editing:
Pictorial guide to body language
50 ways to murder your fictional character – downloadable PDF
World’s best grammar checker: Grammarly
And Wordtips simple guides to grammar https://word.tips/grammar/
A list of all those pesky clichés that you should never use: https://prowritingaid.com/art/21/List-of-Cliches.aspx
A whole website devoted to the business behind being a writer: https://www.zenbusiness.com/info/writing-careers/
Joanna Penn’s AUTHOR 2.0 BLUEPRINT – a FREE downloadable document on all aspects of self-publishing and marketing,