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Resources for new Writers wanting to Self-publish

Starting off as an indie author?

The author community is very generous with its help and advice and there are some excellent resources for an author beginning their indie publishing journey.

The following are some of the top resources I have used and would recommend. I am not earning anything from recommending these, I genuinely have found them useful. There are others besides the ones I’ve listed, but these suited my fiction work and genre. There are clickable links to the various websites:


There are lots of courses out there which claim to help writers, but there are a lot of these which only end up helping the person selling them. My principle has been that the best courses are from those who are writers themselves and have used tried and tested techniques to be successful. Some of the following authors sell courses, but they also provide a huge amount of free support:

Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula
Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn
Jane Friedman
The Alliance of Independent Authors
Bryan Cohen
Amazon themselves


Scrivener for writing your book as it really helps with organisation of a big manuscript
Canva for creating all the visuals you will need
K-lytics for finding the best Amazon categories for your book
Vellum for formatting your books


Podcasts are a brilliant way of keeping up to date with the industry and learning. I listen to them when I’m doing mundane things like driving, cleaning, cooking etc. These are the ones I can wholeheartedly recommend:

Story Grid Podcast
Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula
The Creative Penn Podcast
The Sell More Books show

There are tons more resources and specific places to go for help. Do let me know if you have any that you recommend.