Zoë Landale

Writer & Indie Publisher

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Many wonderful people in the writing, publishing and reading communities have helped me in my journey as an author. This is a way of giving back. There are zero affiliate links, though I see writers I respect doing that. I am not selling how-to books or how-to courses. The information seems to be more or less endless. But these links are some of what I am finding. 
Last updated January 14, 2019 2018

Indie publishing

Mark Dawson, best-seller indie author, article about 

Mark Dawson website 

Self-publishing resources from Mark Dawson, separate from his site After listening to numerous free podcasts, I was impressed enough I signed up for Dawson's SPF 101 course, which he offers now and then. Worth every penny! This is not a how-to-write course but a how to get a properly edited book out into the world as an indie author. I could've researched for ten years and not come up with all the technical info that's contained in the course. 

Book Funnel–very affordable system that supports indie authors to gets their books into customers’ hands.  It’s neat because it of delivers your ebooks to a multitude of reading platforms. Full tech support for buyers, who are not then coming to the author with emails.

E-Book Market Analytics-– It’s not enough to get your e-book published.  We then have to educate ourselves on the key words we use to get the books into readers’ hands. The learning never stops! But if it helps sell books, well. . . I take their free stuff. 

The Creative Penn Podcasts--Another amazing site full of free resources for indie writers. I've signed up for her Joanna's newsletter. Suspect it will take me a year to work through the riches here!

Nick Stephenson--Your first 10,000 readers. Establishing an email list is crucial for our success as indie authors. But where on earth does one start? Once I've worked my way through Dawson's SPF 101 course, I may one from Stephenson. 

Guiding indie authors through email sequencing with author Stephanie J Pajonas, an interview. A little different than Mark Dawson's approach, but nice. Be aware that while her sequencing is great, the remarks on pricing at Mailchimp are out of date. So much is free now. 

IngramSpark–“Everything you need to know to self-publish.” This is a real, we’ll do it for you, just fork over the money kind of site. But interesting, though I am not wild about the cover designers. Snob that I am!  I like it for the different things it makes me think of; see the bottom for what to do before the launch.

Sterling and Stone podcasts. Lots of small snappy sound bites. These folks have made a LOT of money. They call themselves the Smarter Artists and you can see why. All free!

Indie Publishing Pack from Sterling and Stone–Free. Don’t be put off by the simplistic first page. There is good stuff here.

M.A. Demers, a Canadian writer, artist, editor, coder of e-books and blogger on e-publishing.

Let’s Get Digital: Advice for Writers by David Gaughran. Free marketing tips and resources.

Creating Graphics For Blogs and Instagram With Photofunia. The key words for this seem to be "easy" and "fun". As in playing that works, even for non-nerds. I came up with a usable product in two minutes! For the actual system of Photofunia, click here. 

Remove background from photos, free, takes five seconds. Useful tool.

When you're ready to launch--

Amazing list of indie reviewers–go through and see what categories look like your book would fit into. Don’t annoy nonfiction specialists with your book about dragons.

Book Blogger List. Reviewers must post every couple of months, minimum, to stay on the list.

Nate's Big List of Book Promotion Websites. Always excellent to have more of these!

11 Creative Ways Writers Launched Their Books

Making Free book trailers. What will people think of next? This looks like great fun. I'm going to try it. 

Author Marketing Gurus to Follow in 2019

How to Work with your Audiobook Narrator

Do it yourself audiobook guide--not endorsing this as I haven't tried it, just putting it out there as a possibility!

Self-publishing audiobook production and distribution--even more detailed. Man, there's no copping out of not knowing anymore.

YA and Fantasy Markets

SF and Fantasy Markets updated 2018–This is from the folks above, K-Lytics. 

YA and New Adult Book Markets Kindle, ah, the giant earthmover of books

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Of interest    

Book Covers of note 2018   Many of these are covers that I regard as quite unfortunate. A LOT of red. I do like the William Carlos Williams cover: beautiful. And the novel by Mishima looks pretty classic. Swan Song is interesting. It's amazing how many of these covers actively repel me. Rachel Joyce is a designer with three in there that I like. Amazing. Maybe these ones could be read as thumbnails where a lot of the others are big-press books obviously meant to be held in the hand. If you look at them as ebooks, they are very busy and hard to read.