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Lysmata Debelius:
Please recommend the books, articles, blogs, etc. I'll copy and paste into the headings below.

Getting started: Formatting and uploading

Smashwords style guide - how to prepare a word document for formatting as an ebook. Useful not just for Smashwords :) http://www.myebook.co.za/files/smashwords-style-guide.pdf

KDP Jumpstart, the official Amazon step-by-step guidelines on how to get published: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G202187740

David Gaughran's book on getting started as a self publisher "It gives you practical, hands-on advice, sharing the very latest best practices on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing."

Writing Software

Writing software Scrivener's help forum: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/index.php

Gwen Hernadez Scrivener resources: https://gwenhernandez.com/scrivener-corner/

Also check out this thread on free and reliable software for writers.


Joanna Penn's books and website: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

Janet Friedman :

Kristine Kathryn Rusch “Discoverability Series” Articles about how to find readers http://kriswrites.com/business-rusch-publishing-articles/discoverability-series/

Mark Dawson's Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SPFsecretgroup/ (See Tom Wood's comment below for more info)

David Gaughran's books:

Self Publishing News:

A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing: http://www.thepassivevoice.com/

Author Earnings: http://authorearnings.com/

David Gaughran's blog at https://davidgaughran.com/blog/

Joanna Penn's books and website: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

Tom Wood:
I lurked in Mark Dawson's Facebook Group for a while:


You have to ask to join, but they let me in so they aren't picky!  :n2Str17:

Dawson markets his own 'how to' stuff pretty heavily, so buyer beware. The value comes in seeing the posts by others who share their experiences. It becomes repetitive after a while, but for someone completely new to running ads it can be helpful. You'll see discussions in there about other marketing tools like KDP Rocket, Machete and Yasiv. I haven't used those, but they may be worth a look.

I use Scrivener, and found the software publisher's forums to be very helpful:


I used one of Gwen Hernandez's Scrivener templates, but haven't used her other resources yet:


Author Earnings has a take on Indie sales figures that the trad press ignores:


Lysmata Debelius:
Brilliant. Thanks Tom!


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A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing


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