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Author Resources
Free software, eBooks and other cool stuff

Resources for Self-Publishing Authors.


 

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your self-publishing needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

 

 

 Watch our helpful YouTube video-channel, eBooks for Dummies.


 

Click here for a free slideshow on how to publish an eBook on Amazon

 


 

Want to format your own eBook?

  1. Amazon KDP Style Guide

  2. Smashwords Style Guide

 

Free stock-images, copyright-free fonts and a great image-editor

  1. Pixabay, free stock images

  2. Canva for a sexy online image editor

  3. Free fonts for authors from FontSquirrel

  4. Free Word-processors to write your manuscript.

 

Front and Back Matter Templates

  1. Example of a book copyright page

  2. Example of a marketing blurb for your eBook

 

Useful articles for self-publishing authors

  1. How to create your own 3D Book Image.

  2. How to collect eBook royalties directly from Amazon (avoiding posted cheques)

  3. Amazon Whispernet Surcharge - How it affects your eBook price

  4. How to layout your eBook interior.

 


 

Free Kindle eBooks from Amazon

(You must have the right device or software to read these eBooks)

 

 


 

Recommended Reads

 These eBooks from Amazon are an essential read for any author looking to seriously travel the self-publishing route.

 

  1. Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should - David Gaughran

  2. Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books - David Gaughran

  3. Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) - Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, David Wright

  4. The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

  5. On Writing - Steven King

  6. Supercharge Your Kindle Sales: Simple Strategies to Boost Organic Traffic on Amazon, Sell More Books, and Blow Up Your Author Mailing List - Nick Stephenson


Createspace Author Resources

What is Createspace?

 

  1. How to calculate Createspace royalties

  2. What are the different trim sizes I can print through Createspace?

  3. Createspace interior and cover specifications

  4. Createspace Publishing Checklist

  5. Free ISBN barcode generator

 

For South African authors

  1. South African ISBN Application form.

  2. Should you self-publish on Amazon?

  3. How to collect royalties directly from Amazon.com