RESOURCES

The Writing and Publishing Resources I Use and Recommend

ME.

I’m an indie author who does it full-time. I’ve published more than a dozen books and support my family doing it.

I kind of know what I’m talking about.

On my Patreon page, for $5 a month, you can subscribe to my Writer Wednesday videos. I break down the process of how I write and publish my books, and I answer YOUR questions about whatever stage of the author journey you’re in.

It helps me out, and it’s my favorite way to share what I know. Head to the Patreon and check it out.


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SELF PUBLISHING FORMULA

SPF is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about self publishing.

Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing Formula IS the course that changed my life. I’ve sung its praises ever since. In the various courses offered in the program, you’ll learn a lot about writing, a lot about production, and then a WHOLE WHOLE LOT about marketing, which is the second-most important factor that will contribute to your success or failure.

(The most important factor is, of course, the quality of your writing.)

The SPF courses are not always on sale, but when they are, you should buy them. There’s no more valuable investment you can make in your indie author career. If it’s not on sale right now, start by listening to their free weekly podcast.


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THE STORY GRID

The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments. It’s like a CT Scan that takes a photo of the global story and tells the editor or writer what is working, what is not, and what must be done to make what works better and fix what’s not.

The Story Grid was written for editors, and that means it’s absolutely vital for you to understand as a writer. It will give you tools that will let you write better stories in the first place. But more importantly, it will teach you how to take a first draft and turn it into an amazing story that has the potential to become a bestseller.

The author, Shawn Coyne, also has a weekly podcast with Tim Grahl, an expert book marketer, and it’s an incredible podcast about the craft of writing.


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SAVE THE CAT

This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

This book is about screenwriting, but I consider it an invaluable resource for any storyteller. You can’t use the information inside as a “paint-by-numbers” template for how to write your book. That template doesn’t exist. But it teaches you many basics you can check against your story if you feel like it’s not really “popping.”


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TECHNIQUES OF THE SELLING WRITER

No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer’s craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner’s apprenticeship by years.

Ironically, this book’s writing has not aged well, and it’s dry as hell. That being said, it’s packed with gems of advice that are universal and stand the test of time, despite the fact that those skills are not necessarily evident in the book itself. Sounds like someone was a better teacher than a student.


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ON WRITING

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

Stephen King. He’s the man. The master. The legend. Widely regarded as maybe the best book on writing and craft, and certainly one of the most popular, On Writing will put you in the right frame of mind to be a writer. Where you take it from there is up to you.


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WRITE. PUBLISH. REPEAT.

Write. Publish. Repeat. explains the current self-publishing landscape and covers the truths and myths about what it means to be an indie author now and in the foreseeable future. It explains how to create books your readers will love and will want to return to again and again.

This book is about being an indie author and publisher. It’s got the basics of everything—from writing, to marketing, to building your platform. This IS the stuff that got me to being a full-time writer. You should also listen to The Self-Publishing Podcast, by the authors of this book.

The authors also have a podcast about Self-Publishing that’s essential to learning the basics about the industry. The podcast has now ended, and some of its information is dated, but I still recommend listening to the whole thing.


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HOW TO MARKET A BOOK

Marketing isn’t a skill that most authors have naturally, and there is little formal training. But when your book hits the shelves, and the sales don’t start rolling in, there’s only two things an author can do. Keep writing more books and … Get to grips with marketing.

Joanna Penn is an absolute goddess in the self-publishing world. This is her tome of the basics, and has just about everything you could possibly need to get started. As with the above book, you should listen to her podcast, The Creative Penn, where she’s always on the very forefront of the best tactics to use in indie publishing.

Joanna also has a podcast which, again, is an incredible resource for indie authors.


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LET’S GET DIGITAL

This award-winning, bestselling self-publishing guide has been re-released as a new updated and expanded 2nd edition, with 75,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 30 bestselling indie authors including J Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Debora Geary, Mark Edwards, and many more.

David Gaughran is another indie author who’s been doing it since the early days, and many of the principles that were developed in the first years of indie publishing still hold true today. This gives you the groundwork of how the various online e-tailers work, and how you can get yourself set up to sell well in all of them.


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