This is the resources page for the audiobook version of Let’s Get Digital. Below you will find links to a whole host of topics and resources, broken down by subject.
This page contains all of the resources mentioned earlier in the book, as well as additional websites (and some books) you may find useful. Where necessary, I have added a brief explanation.
To get a handle on the current state of the publishing industry, I recommend reading from as many sources of as possible, including those you don’t agree with. This is a time of great change in publishing. You should challenge your assumptions regularly to ensure your decisions are not skewed by outdated beliefs or faulty logic.
Joe Konrath: jakonrath.blogspot.com
The Passive Voice: thepassivevoice.com
Ed Robertson: edwardwrobertson.com
The Creative Penn: thecreativepenn.com
Nick Stephenson: noorosha.com
Lindsay Buroker: lindsayburoker.com
Matt Iden: matthew-iden.com/blog
Catherine Ryan Howard: catherineryanhoward.com
KBoards Writers’ Café: kboards.com
Indie Author Survival Guide by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing by Jana DeLeon, Tina Folsom, Coleen Gleason, Jane Graves, Liliana Hart, Debra Holland, Dorien Kelly, Theresa Ragan, Denise Grover Swank & Jasinda Wilder.
On Writing by Stephen King
Write.Publish.Repeat by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown & Dave King
Sommer Leigh: sommerleigh.com
Let’s Get Visible by David Gaughran
How To Market A Book by Joanna Penn
This is an excellent free service provided by the SFWA, which, among other things, warns against scam agents, unscrupulous publishers, and inexperienced or unprofessional editors.
Absolute Write is a forum more focused on traditional publishing (and can be unfriendly to self-publishers) but it has an excellent, comprehensive sub-forum called “Bewares, Recommendations & Background Check” with separate threads on most editors, publishers, literary agents, and those who provide writers’ services, which shares other writer’s experiences. If the company in question is not listed there, you can post about it, and members will answer you. Check the background of anyone you deal with.
Absolute Write: bit.ly/nH4ZhM
If you insist on paying for your formatting, these services are consistently recommended.
Heather Adkins (also does excellent print formatting): cyberwitchpress.com
Guido Henkel: guidohenkel.com/ebook-services/
Rob Siders: 52novels.com
Anne R. Allen: bit.ly/1uHmN1t
Ereader News Today: ereadernewstoday.com
Pixel of Ink (free): pixelofink.com
Kindle Books & Tips: fkbooksandtips.com
The Midlist (free): themidlist.com
The College of Blogging: bit.ly/oBVsg5
Designing Your Facebook Page
KND Tracker (most accurate, but Amazon US only): tracker.kindlenationdaily.com
NovelRank (great for tracking ranks in US and internationally, but ignore the sales estimates): novelrank.com
Nook Boards: nookboards.com/forum
KU Forum (UK): kuforum.co.uk
For an example of how to use a reader’s forum effectively, so that you aren’t chased out for spamming the users, please read this blog post: bit.ly/oud9Yu
Getting an EIN: bit.ly/1p3EaVu