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"I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." -- Thomas Jefferson

Writers Resources


When searching for questions about writing (including grammar questions), publishing, marketing and more. These websites & forums offer a great deal of useful information and guidance.


Smashwords

http://www.smashwords.com/
Founder Mark Coker makes it easy to publish your great American novel. He provides a free Style Guide and an eBook on Marketing, and more.

Smashwords Forum

http://smashwords-forum.proboards.com/
An independent forum for Smashwords authors. Offers advice on a variety of self-publishing topics.

Writing Forums

http://www.writingforums.com
Huge forum with focus on many genres.
Lots of interaction among writers.


http://www.writingforums.com/group.php?groupid=71
Small group on Writers Forum focused on writers seeking Beta Readers and writers willing to Beta Read the work of other writers.

Science Fiction and Fantasy World Discussion Forum

http://www.sffworld.com/forums/
Interesting emphasis on successful published authors.

Women Writers and Women's Books

http://booksbywomen.org/
Lots of useful articles.

The Book Designer

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/
An incredible site, full of information about how to format an eBook and more.

Thrill Writing

http://thrillwriting.blogspot.mx/
Look the various interviews and articles about forensics.



Self-Publishing/PODs

Below are articles that discuss self-publishing options:


From: 




Also, this article from Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America offers a good overview of self-publishing options and processes. www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/pod/


Here's another detailed article regarding the "real" costs of self-publishing: www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/05/the-real-costs-of-self-publishing-book/

Another good source for formatting your ebook is The Book Designer: www.thebookdesigner.com/.

Joel Friedlander also wrote: Print and eBook design differences. forums.createspace.com/en/community/docs/DOC-2081 This is especially useful because you format an eBook differently than a print-ready PDF.

For a good description and how-to make a print-ready PDF, go to Expresso Book Machine: www.ondemandbooks.com/ I do not offer an endorsement of this company, I have not done any business with them.

Article with list of self-pub services and SW: http://sfwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/20-Self-Pub-Tools-and-Services.pdf


Photo Book Publishers

While many small publishers can produce photo books, many specialize in what I call "coffee table" books. The list below are "photo book" publishers.

Heritagemakers
http://www.heritagemakers.com/ 

Snapfish
http://www.snapfish.com/photo-gift/custom-photo-books 

Shuttlerfly
http://www.shutterfly.com/?cid=SEMSN.BRAND&kw=673206&mpch=ads 

Costco
http://www.costcophotocenter.com/Home



POD Publishers
This list is not an endorsement of any of these companies. I am investigating how I can offer a print-ready PDF for customers where shipping costs are too high to buy a book online.

BookBaby
too expensive for me

BookPatch

CreateSpace

D2D
File conversion was poor.

ExpressoBookMachine EBM
Still trying to figure out how to use service remotely. Need to check, may need to buy my own ISBNs.

Gumroad
Probably don't sell ISBNs
Site does not offer enough information without creating an account to make an informed decision.
Re-reviewing site.

IngramSpark
Too expensive for me. $50 setup fee per book and other fees.

Kobo
May have a relationship with EBM

LuLu
Can buy ISBNs or use your own.
They can not offer the separate sale of a print ready PDF.
But, may use to load file to offer POD.
Costs seem reasonable.

PressBooks
Not sure that this service has value.

Costco

Walmart










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