RESOURCES

The Writing 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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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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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.


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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.


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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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