Resources for Self-Publishers

Please note:

I only include links on this page that have been recommended by at least one person I know. However, inclusion on this page is not a personal endorsement of any person or company. You own your own publishing choices. Choose wisely.

Also, some of the services and tools may overlap or spill into other categories, so check the web sites for specifics.


Sections

Do-It-Yourself Tools
Ebook and POD Publishing
Fonts
Photos and Illustrations
Random for Writers
Services:
Artwork and design
Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading
Formatting
Legal
Marketing
Packages
Translation
Writer Beware

Do-It-Yourself tools

calibre, ebook formatting software
CJ’s Easy as Pie Kindle Tutorials, Kindle formatting in MS Word
Create Covers with PowerPoint (tutorial)
Declan Conner’s POD Formatting Guide
Epub Validator (free)
GIMP, open source graphics program
Guido Henkel’s Ebook Formatting Guide, formatting in HTML
Jutoh, epub formatting software
Inkscape, free open source vector graphics software
Inkscape Tutorials
Let’s Get Digital, by David Gaughran – How to Self-Publish and Why You Should (PDF)
Lynda.com, online software tutorials (sub. req’d)
Mobipocket Creator, ebook formatting software
Paint.net
Pinoy 7′s Graphics Tutorials
Quick and Dirty Formatting Guide, by David Dalglish
Serif’s Free Graphics and Web Programs (i.e. PhotoPlus, DrawPlus)
Sigil, epub editor
Smashwords Style Guide, formatting Word docs for Smashwords
W3 Schools HTML Tutorials

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Ebook and POD Publishing

All Romance/OmniLit, ebook retailer in several genres
Bitbooks, sell your books for Bitcoins
BookStrand, ebook retailer
Brave New Books, self-publishing affiliated with BOL.com.
    BOL (Bertelsmann OnLine) is owned by Bertelsmann, a German media company. BNB’s site is in Dutch.
CreateSpace, POD
Draft2Digital, ebook distribution
DriveThruFiction, ebook retailer
eBook Partnership, ebook distribution
Google Play Books, ebook retailer
Gumroad, sell direct to your audience
iTunes Connect, Apple ebooks, Mac only
Kindle Direct Publishing, ebook sales on Amazon
Kobo Writing Life, ebook retailer
Libiro, ebook retailer
Lightning Source, POD
Lulu, POD
Nook Press, ebook retailer
Payhip, sell on your site with Paypal
Smashwords, ebook distribution
Vook, ebook retailer
XinXii, ebook retailer (European-based)

Note the difference here between ebook publishers and POD (print on demand) companies which publish printed books one at a time. Amazon Direct publishes to the Kindle ereader, and CreateSpace is the POD portion of Amazon Publishing. PubIt is part of Barnes and Noble, and publishes to their Nook ereader. Smashwords submits to the Apple store, Kobo, Sony, and Diesel, as well as Barnes and Noble. XinXii seems to be its own operation and doesn’t publish to specific platforms as near as I can tell.

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Fonts

Blambot Font Archive, comic fonts and lettering
dafont, fonts
exljbris Font Foundry, free fonts from Jos Buivenga
Font Bureau, fonts for fees
Fonts 101, free TrueType fonts
FontSpring, font licensing
Font Squirrel, free fonts
FontYukle, fonts
Google Fonts
House Industries Fonts, must license through H.I.
Identifont, font identification, with links to sources
League of Moveable Type, open source fonts
Lost Type Co-op
MyFonts, fonts
Okay Type Foundry, licensed fonts
Planet Typography, links and references
Scriptorium, fonts
Typekit, fonts by Adobe
Type Supply, licensed fonts
Walden Font Co., historic font reproductions
WhatTheFont!, font identification

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Photos and Illustrations

Arcangel, rights-managed and royalty free images, stock and vintage
BigStock Photos, royalty-free
CanStock Photos, royalty-free
Cartographers Guild, map makers
Cover-Ready Art, royalty-free photos
Deposit Photos, royalty-free
Dover Books, public domain art books
Dreamstime, royalty-free, also has a free photos section
Fotolia, royalty-free
iStockphoto, royalty-free
Karen’s Whimsy, public domain images
List of 100 Stock Photo Sites, with details and ranks, by Scarlett Rugers
MorgueFile, public domain
Photos Public Domain, free for all uses, including commercial
Photoshop Support, list of free photo sources
photoXpress, royalty-free
pond5, stock media including video, SFX
Public Domain High Resolution Images
Reusable Art, public domain
Shutterstock, royalty-free
Stock Free Images, free stock photos
Stock Fresh, royalty-free
Stocksy United, royalty-free
stock.xchang, free stock photos, now owned by Getty
Veer, images and fonts
Wellcome Images, historical images, many public domain
Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Please note: Public domain sites offer images that are freely usable by anyone. All works created prior to 1923 can be considered “public domain”, and some artists offer their work as public domain regardless of the time of creation. Royalty-free sites offer images for one-time payment with no further royalties due. Usage rights will vary by site, so check carefully that you have the rights for the kind of uses you want (i.e., distribution, cropping, image manipulation are all separate rights).

Sites like Flickr or Photobucket where people post their personal photos are not generally places to look for photos you can use in your own work. Some photos on these sites may be available for commercial use, but most are not. Always check the copyright information for any art you use.

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Random for Writers

Chicago Manual of Style Online, subscription required
Conlang Wikia, constructed language wiki
Copyright terms and public domain in the U.S., from Cornell University
Critique Circle, share your work and help other writers
Duotrope, fiction markets database (sub. req’d.)
eBookTracker, tracks Kindle rankings over time
E-junkie, sell your work online
ErrNet, proofreading software
Fantasy Novel Name Generator
Free Online Barcode Generator
Free Open Source Barcode Software, in Python
Ganxy, online book showcase
Gordian Plot, plot wiki
Got Print, business cards and other marketing materials
iTunes Book Charts, sales ranks
kindle sales rank calculator
Libre Office, free office suite
Listverse, top 10 lists of all sorts
MacinCloud, rent-a-Mac
Mail Chimp, email list manager
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus
Metaphor Database, U of VA.
Nameberry, name generator
Name Generator, character details by ethnicity and country
Natural Reader, text-to-speech software
The Next Big Writer, writing critiques, sub. req.
Novelists, Inc., organization for multi-published writers
Novel Rank, Amazon ranking auto-tracker.
Oblique Strategies, nudges for creative dilemmas
Open Office
Oxford English Dictionary, subscription required
Payhip, sell your ebooks using Paypal
Plagiarism Detection, at Wikipedia, with list of programs
Purdue Online Writing Lab, writing resources and instructional materials
Quotes About Writing, from Goodreads
Reddit Selfpublish
Sales Rank Express, check ranks across all Amazon outlets
Scrivener for Mac OS
Scrivener for Windows
Smashing Magazine, design and typography
The Shared Self-Publishing Experience
Tracker Box, sales tracking software
TV Tropes, tricks of the trade for fiction writers
WriteItNow, creative writing software
Writer’s Knowledge Base, “the best writings about writing”
The Writer’s Resource Directory
Undercover Reporting: Deception for Journalism’s Sake: A Database
Wattpad, a community of readers and writers
Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor, ladies that actually dress for dealing damage
Writer’s Resource Page
YMLP, email list software
Write It Now, creative writing software
yWriter5, free writing software

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Services

See also: Kindleboards Yellow Pages for Authors, huge list sorted by service. The links here have all been recommended by at least one author.

Artwork and design
Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading
Formatting
Legal
Marketing
Packages
Translation

Artwork and design
Alan’s Art Studio, Alan Gutierrez, artist
Alexey Aparin, illustration
Awesome Book Covers, Damon Za
Behance, artist portfolios
CCR Book Cover Design
Chris Rallis, illustration
Cormar Covers, premade and custom covers
Cover Bistro, pre-made designs
Covers by Laura, Laura Morrigan
Craig J. Spearing, illustration
CreativIndie Covers, Derek Murphy
CrowdSpring, logos and graphic design, crowd-sourced
Daniele Serra, Illustrator, cover design
Dara England, cover design
Deanna Dionne, cover design and illustration
Depthcore, digital art collective
Design Crowd, post your design projects
DeviantArt, original art at various price points
Dreamsprings, cover art by Marion Sipe
eBook Cover Designs, Brandi Doane
ebook indie covers, premade covers
Elsa Kroese, illustrator
Enita Meadows, cover design
Erin Lark Designs, pre-made and custom covers
Extended Imagery, cover design
Flip City Covers, cover art
Freelance Ganey, cover art and illustration
Genkis, illustrateur, webdesigner et infographiste
Go Bold Design, Cory Clubb
Go On Write, cover design, pre-made and by commission
Graphicz X Designs, cover art and designs
Hot Damn Design, graphic design and photography
Igor Kieryluk, graphic design
Indie Designz, covers and print design
Indigo Chick Design, custom and pre-made
Jason Gurley, custom and pre-made covers
Jenn LeBlanc, illustrated romance
Jeroen Ten Berge, illustration, design, branding
Jes Richardson Design, cover art
J.L. Ward Art, (formerly 50 Dollar Covers), cover art
J Simmons Illustration, cover design
JT Lindroos, cover design and illustration
Julie Dillon Art, fantasy illustration
Keith Draws, illustration and design
Killer Covers, covers, web site design. Mostly non-fiction.
Kit Foster Design, book covers
Lane Brown Art, illustration and concept design
Larry Rostant, illustration and original art
Laura Heeks, illustrations and photography
LFD Designs, cover design
Littera Designs, custom and pre-made covers
MaeI Design and Photography, graphic design
Mark Churms, military and historical artwork
Max M. Leon, graphic design, fine art, and illustration
Miguel Coimbra, concept artist and illustrator
Novel Prevue, promotional video and cover art
Part Zero, Chris Steininger, cover art
Paul Davies, illustration
Period Images, images reminiscent of the past
Peter Ortiz, artist
PhatPuppy Art, graphic design
Phycel Design, graphic arts and web development
Predatory Ethics, covers for hire
Rae Monet, Inc. Design, book covers and web site designs
Razzle Dazzle Design, graphic design
Realistic Art, The Art Galleries of Howard David Johnson, custom illustration
Rebecca Swift Artwork, art services for authors
Red Swallow Design, design and illustration
Renu Sharma, cover art
Robin Ludwig Design, book cover design services
Sarah Marino, illustration
Scarlett Rugers, book cover design
See Janet Work, Janet Holmes, illustration and design
Self Pub Book Covers pre-made and customizable covers, various artists
Spider’s Soul art by Cris Ortega
Squared Motion, the work of Daniel Johnson, illustrator
SRB Productions, Inc., Stephen Bryant
Standalone Complex, cover art
Streetlight Graphics, graphic design
Tara Schuler, graphic design
TERyvisions, graphic design
The Book Cover Machine, pre-made covers and custom illustration
The Red Epic, historic and fantasy illustration by Jared Blando
Through My Eyes, digital art by Karri Klawiter
Tiziano Baracchi, fantasy art. Gallery at Deviant Art.
Two Frequencies, art and illustration by Mandy Roberts
Walking Stick Books, cover art, interior design, marketing art
Wayward Sun Studio, graphic design
Wicked Cover Design
Yocla Book Covers, custom and pre-made designs by Clarissa
You’re Published, design and layout for POD

Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading
Aeroplace Media, copyediting and proofreading
Aidan Taylor, editor
Anita Bartholomew, editor
Ashley Case, light and heavy proofreading
Ashley Davis, editor
Daisycakes Creative, editing by Lauren Dee
Diana Cox, novel proofreading
e. catherine tobler, editing
Editing by Margaret, services list at link
Editorial Freelancers Association, with online directory
Elizabeth Lyon, editor
Erin Bow, editing for YA and MG writers
Felicia Sullivan, editor
Gregory Lynn, editor
Have Faith Proofreading, Faith Ann Carroll, copyediting and proofreading
Hazard Editing Services, editing and proofreading
H. Danielle Crabtree, editor
Hock’s Editing Services, Neal Hock, editor
Holloway House, editing and proofreading
Homunculus Editing Services, Derek Prior, editor
Ink Slinger Editorial Services, Cheryl Murphy, editor
Joshua Essoe, editor
Karin Cox, editor
Last Draft Editing
Malone Editorial Services
Purity Jones, editor
Raighne Davidson, copyediting and proofreading
Red Adept Publishing, editing services
Rhonda Edits, editing by Rhonda Stapleton
Unbridled Editor, editing by Toni Rakestraw
Victory Editing, Anne Victory. Also the home of Arkali’s Oops Detection.
Wordsmith Editing, Peggy Ireland, editor
Word Webbing, editing by Annetta Ribken

Formatting
52 Novels, ebook formatting
Awesome Book Layout
Cyber Witch Press, formatting
Guido Henkel, formatting
Late Nite Books Publishing Services, POD and ebook formatting
L.K. Campbell, ebook formatting
Polgarus Studio, ebook and print formatting
Word Pursuit, formatting by Jason Anderson

Legal
David P. Vandagriff, contract lawyer
Directory of Literary Lawyers, curated by Laura Resnick
Elaine English, IP lawyer

Marketing
Amazon Product Visualizer, find your also-boughts
AuthorBuzz, M.J. Rose
BadRedhead Media, optimizing social media and Amazon
Bewitching Book Tours, blog tours
BlogAds, paid advertising
Book Basset, paid advertising for Kindle bargains
Book Blast, advertise free and bargain books
BookBub, advertise free and bargain books
Book Goodies, book listings
BookPromotion.com, news and tools for marketing and promotion
Book Review Broker, matches books to reviewers
Bookish Snob Promotions, blog tours
eBook Marketing Services, graphics, ads, web design
eBookSoda, advertising
Ecwid, e-commerce widgets, online stores
Ereader News Today, advertising and promotions
Flurries of Words, advertise your ebooks
Freebooksy, advertise your freebies
Frugal Freebies, advertise free books
FSB Book Blogger Directory
June’s Freebies and Reviews, resources for promoting free books
Kboards Book Discovery Promo
Kindle Books and Tips, paid advertising for Kindle books
Kindle Fire Department, advertising for the Kindle Fire, incl. apps
Kobo Book Hub, promote your book to Kobo readers
KUForums Ads, advertise to UK Kindle users
Rafflecopter, organize giveaways and sweepstakes
Pixel of Ink, free and bargain Kindle books
Project Wonderful, paid advertising
The Blurb Doctor, MeiLin Miranda, “Let me help you fix your blurb”
The Cheap Ebook, author advertising on the cheap
The Fussy Librarian, matching readers and books
xuni, author website management

Packages
Blue Valley Author Services, covers and formatting
BookBaby, flat-rate ebook service
Everything Indie, various services, also packages
Lucky Bat Books, various fee-based services
ODesk, outsource to freelancers

Translation
American Translators Association, foreign language translations.
Babelcube, co-op translation with royalty sharing
TranslatorsCafe, directory of translators, interpreters, and translation agencies

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Writer Beware
Absolute Write, Bewares and Recommendations Forum
Popehat Free Speech Resources
Preditors and Editors, lists services with warnings and recommendations
Writer Beware, warnings and scams, by the SFWA

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Last Update: August 28, 2014

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