This is a list of resources helpful to first time self-publishers. Veteran self-pubs may find a new resource or two here as well!
Note: Anything that does not have a free, non-trial version will have a [$] after it to denote that it is a resource that must be paid for to use.
Last Updated on 07/22/2016
Write your book with these programs!
These are all paid services, with varying price points and packages.
Mechanics & Grammar
Great for when you can’t remember a rule, or if you need to learn a new one.
Most are free to start, but have paid options with more benefits, such as a unique domain name and no ads.
All sources provide free fonts that are available for commercial and private use, unless otherwise indicated.
Art & Graphic Design
These are the places you’ll go to commission illustrations, and/or a cover for your work. They are free to browse, but the artists here will charge a fee for you to commission them.
Use these for your cover, website, or for promotional materials. Please read and follow the attribution and usage rules, as they vary from site to site–and sometimes from image to image.
MorgueFile [Run by iStockPhoto]
Free Images [Note: User Account needed to download free images]
Pixabay [Note: User Account needed to download full resolution images]
Turn your saved, edited document into an e-book.
In lieu of these you can also download a copy of your e-book to a smartphone or eReader to view it on a native device, if you own one.
Most are free but have paid options with more features, such as designers and technicians on call to assist you any time. These companies will distribute your book to all major retailers on your behalf as long as it passes their quality test.
Amazon KDP [Note: Only distributes to Amazon. Can be Exclusive with enrollment in KDP Select.]
Smashwords [Note: Does not distribute to Amazon at this time]
A good portion of these links are to social media sites. Social Media is a large aspect of book promotion nowadays, and utilizing every resource you can is important!
Instagram [Note: You can only register for an account and post from the app.]
Writing Discussions & Communities
Talk about writing with other writers!
Light Novel Specific Resources
Sadly, there are very few right now. I will update this as I discover more!
Royalroad [Similar to Wattpad, but for web fiction.]
Novel Translations [A place to find and discuss all manner of Light Novel.]
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