Writing and Self-Publishing Resources

If you’re thinking about getting into writing or self-publishing, there are a lot of resources out there to help you get started.

A few blogs that I really like:

Janet Reid (an agent who posts daily, often about the query and writing process)

Patricia C. Wrede (an author who posts every Wednesday about writing craft)

Kristine Kathryn Rusch (an author who usually has a business blog post every Thursday)

Also, if you’re considering the self-publishing path:

Kboards.com Writers’ Cafe (a public forum where a lot of self-publishers talk about the business side of self-publishing)

Joanna Penn (a self-published author with a non-fiction blog and podcast)

And, of course, I’ve written a few books on the subject as well:

If you’re just getting started and don’t know what you don’t know, check out Writing for Beginners. It gives you a basic overview of things like point of view, tense, and the different publication paths that out there.

If you’ve started down the self-publishing path and are ready to put your books in print or in audio or to advertise them through Amazon, check out CreateSpace for Beginners, ACX for Beginners, or AMS Ads for Authors. Each book is a step-by-step guide that gives you an overview of how to get started and my personal experience with each platform.

I’m also a bit of a data nerd and have published books about how I use Excel in connection with my writing. Excel for Writers is about tracking time/word count, short story submissions, etc. More for beginning writers or those on the trade publishing path. Excel for Self-Publishers is focused on how to use Amazon sales reports and AMS reports and looking at different sales scenarios, etc. It’s very much for those on the self-publishing path.

(Those links should take you to your preferred store in your preferred country, but in case they don’t work, here’s my Amazon author page link: https://www.amazon.com/M.L.-Humphrey/e/B00V2QSXI2)

And, through November 30th, the two Excel guides are available as part of the NaNoWriMo Storybundle. For $15 you can get thirteen writing advice books. It’s a great deal, don’t miss out.

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