43 Resources Every Author Should Bookmark

By Forewordz


There are as many resources for authors on the web as there are Kim Kardashian selfies floating around the interspace. The landscape changes so rapidly, with services and products constantly coming and going, that it can be difficult keeping up with what’s truly valuable and what is yesterday’s news. We’ve attempted to round-up some of the best resources for authors and invite you to share your favorites in the comments below.

Happy authoring!

Improve Your Writing

Don’t get caught using the wrong tense or punctuation mark ever again.

Grammar Girl— Short, friendly tips to improve your writing

Grammar Book — Helpful grammar rules and real-world examples

Grammarly — Instantly checks your writing for grammar, punctuation, style, and much more

Daily Writing Tips — Your daily dose of inspiration and know-how

Blots & Plots— Best writing practices

Make Your Book Your Business

Authors are not just creatives; they’re also business owners who have bills to pay.

Seth Godin — Bestselling author and entrepreneur shares his secrets of success

Tim Ferriss — Author of three #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers provides the ins and outs of book publishing for profit

The Creative Penn — Writing, publishing options, Internet sales, and marketing… for your book

Ape the Book— How to publish a book and profit

The Write Life — Helping authors connect, learn, and earn

Get Your Book Reviewed

Reviews are right up there with great writing, strong editing, and attractive covers in producing sales. There are three main sources of reviews: 1) reader reviews, 2) book reviewers (including bloggers), and 2) professional reviews/major book review services.

Blog Nation (Book Reviews) — Comprehensive list of book review blogs

The Indie View— List of indie reviewers

BookLife — Self-pub branch of Publisher’s Weekly; free to submit for review

Booklist — Book reviews from the American Library Association

Midwest Book Review — Organization committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing

Reader Views— Complimentary book reviews

Book Reporter— Fiction book reviews

Library Journal— Books are selected for their potential interest to a broad spectrum of libraries (typically pre-publication reviews)

San Francisco Book Review— Book reviews and advertising

Publishers Weekly— Leading international news and reviews source for the bookselling and book publishing industry

Kirkus Reviews— Authoritative book reviews, recommendations, and author interviews in publishing

Foreword Reviews— Authoritative indie book reviews, recommendations, and awards

NetGalley— Offers a way to provide secure, digital versions of your titles to a community of “professional readers”

Build Your Network via Book and Reading Communities

Connect with readers, other authors, and the media on these dynamic, multi-purpose platforms.

Goodreads — World’s largest site for readers and book recommendations

Writer’s Digest — Get published and learn from authors who are in your shoes

Wattpad — Community of more than 35 million users writing, reading, and sharing stories

Scribd — Book membership service

LibraryThing — A vibrant community of readers and way for people to catalog books (authors can also host giveaways)

Email Recommendation Services Featuring Free and Discounted Books

Email remains the single best way to get your message and book in front of readers.

BookBub— Largest player in the space; mystery and thrillers perform well

BookGorilla— Caters to bestselling and widely known authors

BookSends — Promote your Kindle book

The Midlist— Emerging player catering to indies

The Fussy Librarian — Emerging player; all genres and authors welcomed

Ereader News Today— Romance, mystery, and suspense perform well

Forewordz— Pre-launch; authors have an opportunity to build their own subscriber lists

Find Service Providers to Help You Develop, Edit, Publish, and Market Your Book

Affordable options for getting stuff done.

Fiverr— Access millions of gigs including editing, cover creation, and more

eLance— Post your project and choose from experienced service providers

Miscellaneous Goodies for Authors

Tools, tips, and other valuable resources for those who love to write books.

Authorgraph— Makes ebooks more personal by enabling authors to sign them for readers

NoiseTrade — Free books, excerpts, and chapters

YouTube Video Editor — Use this handy tool to create your own book trailer

BISAC (The Book Industry Standards Advisory Committee) — Maintains a list of 2,800 subjects and subject codes to be used to describe the contents of a specific title

Amazon Giveaway— Run promotional giveaways to create buzz, reward your fans, and grow your reader base

Bublish— Authorpreneur dashboard to help you market and sell your books

BookSpot List of Book Awards — Book awards can help you stand out from the crowd; use this handy list to find those relevant to your book(s)


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