By Melissa Uhles
Are you an author already or would you like to become one? There’s so much to learn once you start down this path. I had my first novel published in 2015. Now I have 5 books out and hope to keep writing them. Over the past few years I’ve discovered some terrific websites that have become long term resources for me as an author.
If you are looking for inspiration or advice, these websites will supercharge your motivation. Whether you want to learn about self-publishing, marketing your books or how to find an agent these experts have got you covered.
Some of these writing professionals have podcasts as well, in case you wanna listen and learn while out for a walk or scrubbing your bathrooms.
If you are looking to share your writing knowledge or promote your book and need to set up your own spot in the web-iverse, you might wanna read Amber's article about moving from a free website to a self-hosted one.
The Best Websites for Writers
- The Creative Penn is author Joanna Penn’s site for writers. She writes fiction and nonfiction and her site is an inspirational place for authors who self-publish. She has an informative podcast that I try to check out each week. Here’s one of her recent podcasts that I enjoyed called The Bestseller Experiment (episode 349).
- JA Konrath is known for self-publishing prolific amounts of fiction. Although now he writes less about the publishing industry, A Newbie's Guide to Self Publishing is where you’ll find his thoughts on the world of self-publishing.
- Jane Friedman's site provides information for those who are on the traditional publishing path. However, her blog also covers some issues in the realms of hybrid and self-publishing. Check out her post 5 Things I’m Not Doing to Launch My Book—Plus What I’m Doing Instead.
- Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity is a great blog for lists of new agents and publishers seeking submissions. You can also find writing contests listed on the site. Check this one out: 62 Writing Contests in December 2017 - No entry fees.
- Absolute Write is a forum where authors can discuss things candidly. I have used it to read what authors say about certain publishing companies. When I participated in Twitter Pitch parties for my novel and received interest from small presses, I wanted to check them out to make sure there weren’t any terrible reviews before signing on the dotted line.
- Kboards is a forum for those who self-publish Kindle books on Amazon. You can also buy ads to promote your books. If there is a question about something brewing in the Amazon world, it’s a good place read about the current state of things.
- Kindlepreneur is Dave Chesson’s website with information related to publishing Kindle books on Amazon. I find his writing style to be easily digestible. He has an informative podcast as well, check this one out: Episode 8: How to Get Book Reviews
- Sterling and Stone is the site where the guys who wrote Write, Publish, Repeat talk about their business of selling tons of books in multiple genres and making lots of money. Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant and David W. Wright also have a podcast for self-publishers. Here’s a good one to listen to: SPP289 Ads for Authors with Mark Dawson
- CreativINDIE is Derek Murphy’s site dedicated to creating income through book writing and publishing. I recently signed up for his newsletter and enjoy the insightful information he shares, he also likes writing in castles. Check out one of his recent posts about the closing of the eBook distributor Pronoun: Pronoun is dead: this is why the best self-publishing services go out of business
- The Write Life provides information about freelancing, publishing, blogging, marketing and craft. Pen and Parent’s co-founder Amber Roshay wrote an article for them recently about the experience she had co-writing a novel with me. Check it out: A “Novel” Idea: How to Write a Book With a Partner
- Women on Writing is a site that prides itself on creating a community of women writers and connecting them with agents, publishers and readers. They have a blog and feature writing contests and classes. They also accept submissions, Amber wrote a piece for them recently. Find it here: Friday Speak Out!: Writing at 4 a.m. Will Change Your Life
How authors like us write and publish books is ever-changing in today’s landscape. Staying up to date on the latest trends or strategies for success can be overwhelming. I hope as you work your way through this list you’ll find answers to your questions.
Here at Pen and Parent we are always thinking of ways to serve authors, writers and bloggers. If you’d like to see us cover a topic that we haven’t or you are interested in guest posting, drop us a line: email@example.com
In an attempt to help authors, freelance writers and bloggers, Amber and I recently released our eBook How to Make a Living as a Writer. The coolest thing about it is that there are over 200 publications that are looking for writers and pay for article submissions. We also share vital information about traditional and self-publishing, freelance writing and blogging tips. One of our early readers had this to say about it:
"This book is a useful tool for anyone looking to monetize their writing in the modern world. It teaches you how to make money writing from traditional methods all the way to monetizing blog posts with affiliate marketing and product development. It's factual and direct, but also friendly and encouraging. A must-read for any budding modern writers!" --Lauren
If you read it and find it helpful, we’d be pleased as punch if you’d leave us a review.
Some of our writer/parent tribe have said they prefer learning through a course instead of an eBook. We heard you and are busy this month preparing a course just for you. 7 Days Until Publication Success will launch in January. Stay tuned or click the link to be added to our email list so that you’ll be the first to know about when our course becomes available.
What is your favorite go-to website for authors? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.