Get ready to get published: Resources for authors

Lisa Poisso is a fiction editor and book writing coach working with independent authors and new authors seeking representation. Lisa helps emerging authors tune their manuscripts to publishing industry standards and craft commercial fiction that resonates with readers. Find her at Lisa Poisso, follow her on Twitter at @LisaPoisso, or like her on Facebook. This guest post originally appeared on Lisa’s site.

Once your book is edited, where can you turn for reliable advice on the next steps in the publishing process? My favorite publishing resources for authors include books and articles on querying agents, submitting to publishers, finding a great cover artist, self-publishing tasks and schedules, marketing and promoting your commercially published or self-published book, and more.

Because this is the list I share with my own editing clients, I’ll update this page regularly as I discover new favorites.

Get ready to go pro

Make the leap from hobbyist to professional.

Publishing 101: A First-Time Author’s Guide to Getting Published, Marketing and Promoting Your Book, and Building a Successful Career From the former publisher of Writer’s Digest, this inexpensive Kindle book leads you from hobbyist to professional author.

Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? A high-level view of the differences.

Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing Versus Self-Publishing All the details you wondered about, plus a few hard realities that may help you seal your decision.

Get ready to query

Professional presentation gets you in the door to agents and publishers.

Writer’s Market 2016 The bible of where to sell your book.

Manuscript Wishlist Agents and acquiring editors list the kind of manuscripts they want to receive.

The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters Learn what queries are designed to do and learn how to do it.

Query Shark Tricks and traps of writing and revising query letters so they actually work.

Loglines, Blurbs, and Synopses A great explanation of the parts and pieces of pitches.

Writing a Novel Synopsis Once you understand what a synopsis should accomplish, yours will be easier to write.

How to Write a Killer Synopsis Tune up your synopsis writing skills.

Comp Titles—An Elevator Pitch for Your Book Choosing accurate comps (“comparisons”) for your book shows you know what other books your readers are reading, how to make your book appealing to them, and how to write and market your book to be compellingly distinctive.

What not to say to a literary agent or publisher Gaffes and faux-pas to avoid.

Get ready to self-publish

Take your story from manuscript to published e-book.

Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success A basic guide to self-publishing.

Let’s Get Digital: How to Self-Publish and Why You Should Another solid guide to independent publishing basics.

Self-Publishing Checklist Exactly what it sounds like: everything you need to accomplish to self-publish your book.

Making a Production and Marketing Bible What to do to get your book noticed by readers and when to do it.

Follow-Up: Amazon Warning Labels Will Amazon pull your book over quality complaints?

Make Your Back Matter Count Satisfied readers who’ve just finished your book want more—so give them something else to read or do.

Publish on Amazon Kindle With Kindle Direct Publishing This free Kindle e-book from Kindle Direct Publishing walks you through the basics of formatting and uploading your book in e-book form. Did I mention it’s free? And straight from KDP?

Kindle Direct Publishing Publishing on Amazon—today’s starting point for self-publishers.

Smashwords Another major e-publishing outlet.

Why You Need Both CreateSpace and IngramSpark The pros and cons of these print on demand services.

The Mechanics of Self-Publishing Print Books Quick-read toolkit from the respected Louise Harnby that walks you through getting your book into print form.

KBoards An online community for Kindle users and authors. You can’t fail to be inspired by the success stories of authors making a living off their books and the first-timers who are making their way as well.

Top 50 Websites for Indie Authors More resources for self-publishers.

Get ready to look professional

Readers will judge your book by its cover.

5 Steps to Great Cover Art You only get one chance to make a first impression.

Book Cover Design Resources Your book cover is the face you show the world; make sure yours is the one you want readers to see.

Book Cover Redesign If at first you don’t succeed, redesign. Check out the inspiring before and after images.

Working With Cover and Interior Designers What you need help with, why, and how to get it.

Polgarus Studio Great for e-book formatting, and their FAQ is a lesson in itself.

Get ready to make the sale

Write blurbs and description copy that make readers click Buy.

How to Write a Blurb This itty-bitty sales tool can be challenging to write. Here’s how.

4 Critical Edits to Make to Your Book’s Description Copy This is where e-book sales are cinched; give readers the information they need to decide to buy your book.

How Writers Can Optimize Their Book’s Description on Amazon Optimize your e-book’s information to help the right readers connect with your book.

The Importance of Subcategories in Book Search Success Search algorithms don’t work by magic; they bring up your book because you’ve correctly categorized it.

Get ready to get noticed

Market and promote your book so readers can find it.

Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book Nobody will buy your book if they don’t know it’s out there. Here’s how to get the ball rolling.

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World Rise above the rest of the crowd with a coordinated marketing plan.

The 15-Tab Book Marketing Master Spreadsheet Plan and execute a coordinated marketing campaign.

Publishing a Sequel: 8 Book Marketing Tips You Need to Know Got a series in you? Here’s what you need to know before you even finish the first book.

Amazon Link Anatomy: What You Don’t Know Might Be Killing Your Reviews Learn how to trim the crust off your book links—and why.

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