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.
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)