Self-Publishing Resource List

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 strike through the title it to denote that it is a resource that must be paid for to use.

 Last Updated on 02/25/2019

Word Processing

Write your book with these programs!

OpenOffice

LibreOffice

Google Docs

Scrivner

Editing

These are all paid services, with varying price points and packages.

The Editorial Freelancers Association

First Editing

Edit 911

Createspace

Book-Editing.com

Standout Books

Mechanics & Grammar

Great for when you can’t remember a rule, or if you need to learn a new one.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Chicago Manual of Style Q&A

The Punctuation Guide

TIO: How to Punctuate Dialogue

Purdue OWL

Grammarly

Blogging Platforms

Most are free to start, but have paid options with more benefits, such as a unique domain name and no ads.

WordPress

Blogger

Tumblr

Typepad

Fonts

All sources provide free fonts that are available for commercial and private use, unless otherwise indicated.

FontSquirrel

Google Fonts

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.

DeviantArt

Fiverr

TenBux

Behance

Etsy

Stock Photos

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.

Shutterstock

Adobe Stock Photos

iStockPhoto

Dreamstime

CanStockPhoto

Free Images

[Note: User Account needed to download free images]

Pixabay

[Note: User Account needed to download full resolution images]

Public Domain Archive

Unsplash

Pexels

Conversion

Turn your saved, edited document into an e-book.

Calibre

Online EBook Converter

To EPub

EBook Convertor

Format Checking

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.

Adobe Digital Editions

Kindle Reading App

EPUB Validator

Self-Publishing Platforms

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]

Bookbaby

Draft2Digital

Wattpad

Mibba

Promotion

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!

MailChimp Mailing Lists

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

[Note: You can only register for an account and post from the app.]

Goodreads

BookBub

eReader News Today

The Book Promoter

Search Engine Optimization Guide [SEO]

Writing Discussions & Communities

Talk about writing with other writers!

Nanowrimo Forums

WritingForums.com

Writer’s Digest

Scribeophile

Creative Writing Forums

Writer’s Cafe

Mibba Forums

Figment

Fiction Post

Writing

Fantasy 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.]

So You Want to Write Your Own Light Novel?

[My own guide to writing a Light Novel!]

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