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Great websites for aspiring self-published authors

Here are the some of the useful resources I came across while I was preparing to self-publish my first book. Some of the sites on this list are publishers, while others are useful in promoting your new book.

I decided to go with Kindle Direct Publishing for my book Psych Meds Made Simple. I've checked out the author services listed here while developing my self-publishing and promotion plan.

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AUTHORSdb: Author Database, Books and Top Charts

We are an author platform that helps authors showcase their works. From bestselling authors to pre-published authors, readers, publishers & agents. Join Us!

At AUTHORSdb, we love authors and their books! To be a successful published author, you need to get sales. Authors get sales in a variety of ways, and word of mouth has always been key. Nowadays word of mouth can be gained online and fast through different channels.

Database of authors, book listings, social media, real-time Amazon book reviews and sales rank. Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Itunes and cover contest.

Barnes & Noble Press

You can publish a Nook ebook or paperback with Barnes & Noble. They have author resources including a step-by-step guide to self-publishing, book cover design basics, and marketing advice. They also offer a full-service publishing option.

Booklife by Publishers Weekly

Tips, information and interviews about how to self-publish books. Topics include writing and editing advice, cover design and illustrations, ISBNs, print-on-demand, need to know info on ebook self-publishing, ebook pricing, and how to get into retail stores and libraries. Booklife allows you to submit your book for free to be considered for a review by Publishers Weekly.

Book of the Day .org

Welcome to Book of the Day .Org!

We help readers find the best new books.

Publishing is changing.
Books are still being published traditionally – now, in addition, authors can publish independently. Where will the next great author come from?

We cover both worlds.
We choose the best books from traditional publishers and independent authors, and hold both to the same high standards.

You stay informed.
We believe that even if you don’t want to read a specific book, you benefit from knowing it exists. Books provide an overview of society, a long-term look at current culture, and a record of historical trends.

When you find one you’d like to read, we provide links to the major book sites for your convenience.

Goodreads Author Program

Any author, anywhere in the world, can join the Goodreads Author Program for free. All you need is an Internet connection and a published book (or a soon-to-be published book) that can be found in our database. The Goodreads Author Program allows published authors to claim their profile page to promote their book and engage with readers. Once verified, your author profile will include the official Goodreads Author badge, which you can use to tell your fans to follow you on Goodreads.

Benefits of Claiming Your Profile Page
Update your profile picture, write your bio, and fix your book listings—by joining the Goodreads Author Program you’re able to keep the information about yourself up-to-date.

Run a giveaway, connect your blog, advertise your books—the Goodreads Author Program gives you access to the marketing tools you need to build buzz around your books.

Take questions from readers using Ask The Author, write reviews, and show off your taste in literature. Readers love to learn what books their favorite authors are reading!

iAuthor: Book discovery as nature intended...

As the sea of books deepens, discoverability is a serious problem. Authors of equal talent do not have equal access to readers, and readers struggle to sift through content. Each feels swamped by the digital "noise". A scarcity of attention is the direct product of this noise, giving authors less time to make an impression with readers.

Meet iAuthor: a discovery platform for a new breed of bibliophile. All content is user-generated. This allows authors and publishers to engage directly with readers on iAuthor's image-centric interface. No editor's picks. A true democracy.

After all, there is no one more committed to promoting creative content than the content's creators.

iBooks Author - Apple

iBooks Author, free from the Mac App store, allows you to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks — and just about any other kind of book.

Give your book a great beginning with templates.
You might want to begin with a blank page and let your imagination guide you. But if that’s a little intimidating, just start with a beautiful Apple-designed template. Choose from a variety of styles, like classic textbook, cookbook, or photo book, in both landscape and portrait orientations. And you can choose from a number of page layouts in each template or create one of your own.

Building a book is as easy as dragging and dropping.
iBooks Author makes it simple to add text, graphics, movies, and more, so your book looks exactly the way you want. Drag and drop a Pages or Microsoft Word document to the Book pane to add it as a new section. Then, when you drag and drop in images, your text automatically flows around them. You can even import Adobe InDesign and EPUB files and edit them to perfection in iBooks Author.

Customize with a click.
iBooks Author has everything you need to create a great-looking book — beyond the written word. Add shapes, charts, tables, text, and widgets anywhere on the page with a single click. Style your text down to the letter with custom fonts, write elegant mathematical expressions using LaTeX or MathML, and add video or audio elements to liven up the read.

Add widgets. Add interest.
Widgets add Multi-Touch magic to books on iPad, iPhone, and Mac. They bring your reader swipe-friendly photo galleries, animations that burst off the page, scrolling sidebars to linger over, Pop-Over widgets for an element of surprise, and engrossing 3D objects that are entertaining and interactive. And widgets can be set to play automatically, offering your readers a fun surprise when they turn the page. With iBooks Author, it’s easy to create a book that’s as much fun to explore as it is to read.

KDP Jumpstart | Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Get help publishing on Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), a fast, easy and free way for authors and publishers to keep control and publish their books worldwide on the Kindle and Kindle reading apps.

New to Kindle Direct Publishing? Want a simple, step-by-step guide to publishing on Amazon? We’ve created KDP Jumpstart for authors like you. KDP Jumpstart is a streamlined, sequential approach to the steps required to go from finished manuscript to published book. To publish on KDP, you’ll complete four major milestones:

Getting started. Enter your author, payment, and tax information to set up your KDP account.
Book details. Enter information like title, author, and description to help readers find your book.
Manuscript & cover. Transform your manuscript into a formatted file and design a cover that grabs readers’ attention.
Rights & pricing. Decide where and for how much you want to sell your book.

Kobo Writing Life | Rakuten Kobo

Fulfill your dream of publishing your work and finding fans around the world. We make it easy to self-publish your books and provide help and guidance every step of the way.

Control your own content
With Kobo Writing Life, you’re in charge. You own your rights, set your prices, and run your own promotions. We don’t require exclusivity, so you’re free to publish elsewhere, too.

Self-publish to a global market
Through Kobo’s strategic partnerships, your eBook will be available around the world in the online bookstores of leading retailers in over 190 countries.

Get detailed sales analytics
See your updates in real time with our easy-to-use dashboard. Track your sales by country or by date—we're data nerds, too.

Smashwords – How to Publish an ebook with Smashwords | Ebooks Publishing, Distribution & Marketing Tools

Smashwords makes ebook publishing fast, free and easy!
World's largest ebook distributor for self-published authors and small independent presses
Monthly payments and one penny payment threshold with PayPal
Upload your book once and reach multiple retailers and libraries. Spend more time writing and less time managing multiple retailer platforms!
Daily sales reporting from Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords store (learn more)
Global retail distribution to Apple Books (51 countries), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Walmart (via Kobo!), OverDrive (reach 20,000+ public libraries!), Gardners (reach hundreds of small ebook stores and 2,000+ public and academic libraries), Scribd, Tolino (powers Germany's largest ebook stores), Baker & Taylor, Inktera and more on the way
Sell in the Smashwords Store where you'll earn up to 80% list
Global library distribution to OverDrive (20,000+ public libraries), Gardners (2,000+ libraries), Odilo (2,100+ libraries in North America, South America and Europe), Bibliotheca CloudLibrary (3,000+ public libraries in the US, Canada, U.K. and Australia), Baker & Taylor Axis 360, and Enki by Califa (supplies over 100 California libraries; acquires a subset of Smashwords titles)
FREE ISBNs. Or, use your own
FREE author profile page
FREE ebook conversion to multiple formats from a Word .doc
FREE unlimited anytime-updates to books and metadata
FREE consolidated sales reporting simplifies year-end tax reporting
FREE centralized metadata management
FREE exclusive marketing and selling tools such as our Smashwords Coupon Manager, Special Deals, Smashwords Alerts, Smashwords Series Manager and Smashwords Interviews!