From places to publish your books to places where you can build an author website, this is the section for all things miscellaneous to indie publishing.
The Fine Print:
- The lists below are resources I have personally compiled. I do not accept solicitations, recommendations, or requests for inclusion on these lists.
- This is not an endorsement of any product or service. I am not affiliated with these various companies, I receive no commissions from them for linking here, and I am not responsible for their actions or your experience with them in any way.
Places to Publish Print Book Layout Book Trailers Websites and Social Media Design Legal Stuff Reviewer Databases
Distribution Partners (a.k.a., Places to Publish)
- Barnes and Noble
- Google Play
- OmniLit/All Romance eBooks
Print Book Layout
- The Book Designer
- Understanding Fonts and Typography
- Understanding Book Layouts and Page Margins
- CreateSpace’s Page on Book Interiors
Including the articles:
For Making Book Trailers
Stock Video Clip and Photo Sources
(Note: Always check commercial licensing restrictions before using videos, photos, etc.)
Places to Upload and Store Videos
For Websites and Social Media Design (Do-it-yourself option)
Free Website Options
HTML and CSS
- CodeCademy – for learning HTML, CSS, and other languages
- CSS Zen Garden – for CSS layout tricks and design inspiration
Important Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, accountant, tax professional or anything of that nature. By supplying these links, I am not providing legal or financial advice. For any legal or financial needs, please consult a professional.
- Avvo.com – to locate a lawyer in your area who may be able to assist you with any legal needs.
- Bowker – to purchase ISBNs (if you wish to do so. Smashwords and CreateSpace can also provide you with ISBNs for free).
- Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number Program – to file for a Library of Congress Control Number for your book. This step must be done prior to publication and requires an ISBN.
- NOLO Copyright Handbook – reading on Copyright Law in the United States, recommended by Kristine Kathryn Rusch as important reading material for writers.
- NOLO Tax Deduction Suggestions for Writers – basic overview of some of the tax deductions that may be available to self-published authors (Disclaimer: Please consult a professional for any tax or legal needs.)
- TurboTax Self-Publishing Tax Cheat Sheet – an overview of several tax basics for self-publishers. (Disclaimer: Please consult a professional for any tax or legal needs.)
- US Copyright Office – to officially file copyright on your work. Your work is copyrighted in the US when you create it, but filing affords extra protections. See the US Copyright Office site for more details.