- “51 Magazines that Pay Writers $250+” on Freedom With Writing
- “Earn Money Online: 92 Websites That Pay Writers $50+” on Make A Living Writing
- “Where to Submit Short Stories: 23 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work” on The Write Life
- Travel Writing Scholarship on World Nomads
- “30 Children’s Book Publishers Eager for Your Book” on Book Fox
- “17 Publishers Accepting Unagented Short Story Collections” on Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity
- LitMag (submit)
- “The 100 Best Websites for Writers” on The Write Life
- “Secrets to Earning Six Figures in Freelance Travel Writing” on Make a Living Writing
- “10 Tips For Writing Short Stories That Sell” on The Creative Penn
- “How to Escape the Slush Pile” on Electric Lit
- “Storytelling” on Visualistan
- The Writers Circle
Self-publishing is growing, and with it come new resources. One of the biggest hurdles of being an indie author is finding readers and getting reviews (which helps find more readers). Some people may still consider self-publishing a stigma, and some writers may think that promotion takes away too much time from writing. But many sites, including Outramp, Your Writer Platform, and Indies Unlimited have written posts giving advice for marketing.
On Digital Book World, founder of McCarthy Digital Peter McCarthy said, “Whoever is the best at connecting authors’ works with the end consumers — they win.” It’s about being agile and seeing what works.
With that in mind, here are 7 strategies and a list of 94 tools indie authors can use to help promote their books and find new readers and reviewers (although the first and most important thing is to write a good book, and then write another, and then keep writing).
UPDATE: After posting I realized I missed a few, so I’ve added them to the list, bringing the total count to 119 resources. You should also take a look at Your Writer Platform’s “How to Get Review For Your Book (Without Begging, Bribing or Resorting to Subterfuge)” for more advice and sites to use.
UPDATE 2: Honorable mention goes to Book Swag, a new website that is similar to BookBub, except free, and is aimed at helping authors promote their books for free and helping readers find great books. Continue reading