It’s 2016. The publishing world has changed. Opportunity is knocking. It’s a great time to be an indie author. There are lots of amazing resources and tools available to help you build your publishing empire. Some of the best self-publishing resources are listed below. They just might help you jump-start your indie author career.
If you haven’t written a novel before, you’ll probably want to understand a few things before you start writing. If you do a few things before you start writing, it can save you a lot of time, a lot of frustration, and you will very likely end up with a much better book that readers will love.
Visit the Amazon Kindle Store and get very familiar with the genres. Pick a genre that you want to write in and study it. If you want to write a book that satisfies readers and sells a lot of copies, become a master of your genre.
There are great tools available to organize, outline, and structure your stories. You can keep it simple and use notecards, paper, word processor, or spreadsheets. Or, you can use any of the amazing apps like Scrivener, StoryShop, or Aeon Timeline.
Most of us have a natural instinct for storytelling. However, writing a novel is a bit more complex. It’s important to understand storytelling and the craft of writing as it relates to novels. You want to make sure you write a good story, well-written, that caters to your specific readers. The books below really helped me understand what it takes to write a good story.
It can be difficult to manage all the characters, plots, chapters, and scenes when you write a novel. Writing software can give you the help you need to stay organized and keep writing.
In addition to the tools listed above in the Prewriting section, you can try these great writing apps – Scrivener, Ulysses App, or Storyist.
Editing Your Novel
You want to publish the highest quality book you possibly can. That’s what editing is all about. Run your novel through your built-in spelling and grammar checker, then run your content through Grammarly, the Hemingway App, or Pro Writing Aid for a more detailed analysis.
After you publish your book, it’s time to let people know that you exist. The hurdles you will overcome include getting people to know your book exists, getting people to read your book, getting people to review your book, and getting people to share their email address with you.
Your Author Website
Your author website is the center of your online universe. Everything you do is to get interested readers to visit your website and sign up for your email list.
A common way to find readers is to publish your book on Kindle Select so people can read it for free on Kindle Unlimited. Offer another free gift (book or otherwise) to readers, Include a link back to your website and build your audience.