All of the episodes we record have detailed show notes with all the awesome indie publishing tools mentioned in each episode. To make things a little easier to access this page will be a growing list of all the resources mentioned by guests on the show.
It’s a constant work in progress. If you feel we are missing out on an incredible indie publishing resource, get in touch with Simon (firstname.lastname@example.org) so he can add it to this list.
Further Listening and Reading
- The Creative Penn podcast – To be fair, if you listen to my show you’re probably already subscribed to Joanna Penn’s fantastic podcast. If not, you should be, it’s one of my inspirations and always is value packed and entertaining.
- Self-Publishing Podcast – An entertaining and informative show (NSFW) with Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright. I interviewed Johnny and Sean in episode 24.
- Sell More Books Show – From Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen, a brilliant show that will keep you right up to date with current self-pub news.
- Linsday Buroker’s blog – Lindsay was my 9th guest, we chat for 50 minutes, but she’s been blogging for years and shares invaluable stuff all the time.
- David Gaughran – Excellent blog, excellent books.
Marketing and Promotion
- eReader News Today – Very popular site for readers with affordable advertising options. As used by Darren Wearmouth in his launch strategy.
- Book Blast – An affordable way to get your book in front of a large audience. Particularly good for early promotions.
- Kindle Nation Daily – Another popular site for getting your book in front of an audience.
- BookBub – Consistently recommended on the show as a great place to promote your book.
- The Fussy Librarian – A email list promotion site for authors. More specific and more affordable than BookBub.
- Creating an author website course – A free course on creating an author website (an RSP original!).
- Hostgator hosting – Who I use to host this site, affordable and reliable.
- Campaign Monitor – The service that I use to send out the weekly RSP newsletter (which is awesome by the way, sign up on the right!).
- BenchMarkMail – A completely free option (with minor restrictions), perfect for if you are on a tight budget.
- Scrivener (for Windows / for Mac) – Fantastic alternative to a word processor, allows you to structure and compose a book. Recommended by numerous guests (and myself). Both of those shortcuts are affiliate links, meaning I get about $8 if you buy through them, that makes me happy. Perfect, not just for those indie publishing, but for any sort of writer.
- Omm Writer – A distraction free writing environment. Free tool.
- Evernote – Free tool to keep track of your writing notes. Can sync with all your devices so if you come up with an idea while out, you can type it in your phone and then access it on your computer later!
- WriteOrDie.com – Need to up the stakes to get some writing done?! Try this.
- KBoards – A fantasic forum for authors and readers. Check out the writers cafe for invaluable insights into the self publishing world.
- National Novel Writers Month – A great way to get motivated to write your first book.
- Harry DeWulf – An editor who goes “above and beyond” – as described by Darren Wearmouth.
- RedAdept – Excellent editing service, as recommended by RM Prioleau.
- CreateSpace – A print on demand service that provides an easy way to sell your book in the paperback format. Used by RM Prioleau and others to provide print versions of their books. No more self publishing through garages filled with books!
- NovelRank – A free service that tracks your books sales rank in different Amazon stores around the world. Recommended by Darren.
- Beginners Guide to SEO – Great resource if you’ve heard you should be ‘doing SEO’ but have no idea where to start. If you’re indie publishing (fiction or non-fiction), you should learn something about SEO.
- eBook Rank Tracker – Tracks your own and others books to see which promotional tools are working.
- Rocking Book Covers – Adrijus Guscia’s book cover design service. Adrijus was interviewed in episode 8. Lots of experience working with indie authors.
- Damonza – Mentioned by Adrijus, recommended by Alan.
- Keith Draws – RM Prioleau’s book cover designer.
- Lousy Book Covers – A bit of fun mentioned by Adrijus.
- The Audiobook Creation Exchange – The leading way to get your book converted into an audiobook. Paid for production or revenue share basis with narrators. Open to indie authors in the US and UK currently.
- Zazzle – On demand merchandising mentioned by Mark Tufo.
- Lift – Commit to making writing an everyday habit.