Dipping your toes into the indie-publishing industry isn’t something to be taken lightly. The learning curve is steep and there are so many misconceptions and well-meaning but incorrect information out there.
When I first started researching indie-publishing, I was amazed at how much information was out there. But, it was finding the right, most current and relevant information that was the most challenging part.
Luckily for you, I’ve done all the hard work and so I bring you my top 3 Indie-publishing resources, especially for those in the early stages of their self-publishing journey.
Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula
The name Mark Dawson might not be familiar to your average person, but in the indie-publishing world, it’s is one of the biggest. Not only is Mark a seven-figure best-selling indie author himself (author of the popular John Milton series, and Beatrix Rose series), but he is one of the forerunners in teaching in the industry.
Mark shares his knowledge, wisdom, and experience through his informative podcast (the Self Publishing Show) and his world-renowned courses such as SPF101 (introduction to self-publishing) and Ads for Authors (marketing & promotion course).
I first came across Mark through the podcast and listened almost all of the entire backlist over the space of a few months. The podcast was the first thing that got me excited about the possibility of self-publishing. Not only do Mark and his co-host James share up to date and valuable information on the industry, but they also chat with a variety of people offering fabulous insights with those in the know in the indie-publishing industry.
Once I’d researched more and decided that indie-publishing was for me, Mark’s SPF101 course was my next to check off on my list. This course is, in a word, invaluable for anyone serious about indie-publishing. I’ve learned so much and constantly refer back to the information (to which you have life long access and is updated regularly).
You’ll also find Mark and SPF have a fabulous online community on Facebook which you can join – another top-notch indie-publishing resource at your fingertips.
Where to find it – https://selfpublishingformula.com/
The Creative Penn – Joanna Penn
Joanna Penn really is a pioneer in the indie-publishing scene. Having started her own self-publishing journey over a decade ago, she has shared her progress through her blog and podcast the entire way.
I first began listening to Jo’s podcast about five years ago, well before I even considered self-publishing. There were always things to take away about the writing and publishing process and the interview section of the podcast is always interesting.
Then, when I decided indie-publishing was where I was heading, I re-listened to quite a few of the episodes and gleaned so much information. And still do!
Joanna’s blog and resources on her website are a treasure trove of information for any budding indie-publisher. With resources on writing, publishing, marketing, podcasting, alternative streams of income, and so much more, The Creative Penn is the place to start if you think self-publishing could be for you.
Where to find it – https://www.thecreativepenn.com/
Adam Croft – The Indie Author Mindset
Adam Croft is another best selling indie author having sold over 1.5 million books (and counting) who has turned his hand at giving back to the industry.
His no holds barred, simplistic approach is welcomely refreshing in a space where information overload is high.
Adam’s resources include his book The Indie Author Mindset – which is a fantastic, quick read designed to help you get your head around the industry and develop a mindset to help you write and sell more books. It’s motivational and full of advice and tips that will help you prepare for a career as an indie author. I loved this book and again, refer back to it often.
Adam also recently released a follow up to The Indie Author Mindset titled – The Indie Author Checklist, which is also a fantastic indie-publishing resource.
The Indie Author Checklist is a step-by-step guide to writing and self-publishing your novel. It’s hard to believe that this quick-read covers all that, but it truly does. It’s Adam’s simplistic approach that strips away all the ‘fluff’ and just gives you the red-hot nuggets of information and advice that makes this checklist such a great resource.
Another addition to Adam’s growing list of resources is his mini-courses. Designed to be specifically targeted they include Formatting with Vellum, Calculating Readthrough, and Writing Killer Blurbs & Hooks. These mini-courses are a great addition and particularly valuable as you move through the indie-publishing process. Adam also has a growing and engaged Facebook group.
Where to find it – https://indieauthormindset.com/
But wait! There’s more.
There are so many more resources, websites, and platforms that you will come across and need for your indie-publishing journey. From mailing list providers such as MailChimp and Mailerlite, to publishing tools such as Draft2Digital, PublishDrive and Ingram Spark. But, as a start, I believe Mark, Joanna, and Adam are the creme-de-la-creme and the best places to start researching indie publishing.
And if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help. Just drop me a line on my contact page or hit me up on social media. In the meantime, happy researching!