Amazon provides indie authors with a wealth of resources to publish and promote their work. One free service they provide is the author page, where readers can find all the author’s works, links to their blog posts, and a forum for discussions with the author and each other. Check out my author page here!
Goodreads is another great community for readers and authors. Here you’ll find books by established authors as well as indies. Features include forums for different genres, lists of books by popularity, giveaways, reviews, and much more! You’ll find my works listed on Goodreads, and, if you’re a fan, I would especially appreciate a review!
Hometown Reads is the place to find local authors! You can browse books by authors from dozens of cities, and more are being added every day. Support your local authors – check out the offerings from your community!
Wattpad is another site like Writeon where writers can share their work. Readers can find all genres on Wattpad, which is especially popular for young adult fiction. I post my works in progress on Wattpad, just as I do on Writeon, but Wattpad requires that you open a Wattpad account to read all the content. Whichever is more convenient for you, Writeon or Wattpad, I encourage you to read and comment on my works in progress. I read all your comments!
Literature & Latte are the makers of Scrivener, the finest writing tool ever conceived. I used Scrivener for my latest project, Shredded, and I love it! Scrivener lets you organize your writing project by section, chapter, scene – whatever makes sense for your work. When I write, I often find a need to change the order of scenes or chapters. Scrivener makes it easy. And each chapter or scene has its own synopsis and notes. Best of all, Scrivener lets me compile my manuscript for a range of different formats – ebook, print, manuscript submission, or chapters in individual Word documents, the way my editor prefers. I recommend the Mac version, but I own the Mac, Windows and iOS versions of Scrivener. If you’re a writer, you need to check out Scrivener!
Createspace is a print-on-demand service that lets indie authors publish a quality print book and make it available through multiple distribution channels. Their publishing tools are outstanding, their support is great and the product is superb. I’ve published two books through Createspace. My total cost to publish in each case was less than $20, the cost of the printed proofs. If you’re satisfied with the online proofing tool (it’s great) then you can publish a book and put it up on Amazon without spending a dime!
You can also buy my books directly from Createspace: