For Writers

These are some of the websites, blogs, books and podcasts I read and listen to regularly that focus on writing and publishing.

For the tools I currently use in my publishing business, click here.

(Most of these creators have videos on youtube, so you can check them out on there or subscribe on itunes.)

The Creative Penn – author Joanna Penn chats to other authors and people in the publishing industry about the industry
The Self-Publishing Podcast (and their very funny and never on topic sister show Better Off Undead) – authors Sean Platt, Johnny B Truant and David Wright chat about what’s working for them in collaboration, publishing and writing. They also have guests on regularly to talk about the industry. Focused on self-publishing.
The Self Publishing Show – Mark Dawson and James Blatch talk to authors and other industry professionals.
Book Marketing Simplified – Jenn from Mixtus Media has some great tips and resources about book marketing, all kept to short bite podcasts.
Self Publishing Advice Podcast – ALLi podcast with industry news and updates. Focuses on the business of publishing.
SPA Girls Podcast – Group of New Zealand authors who talk to authors and industry professionals about everything from craft to marketing to business to mindset.

Industry Websites
Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
Qld Writers Centre
Australian Literary Agents Association
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Writer Beware
ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors)

Author Websites
Anne R Allen – Guest articles on timely issues in the industry and craft.
The Creative Penn – as per the podcast, Joanna has shifted her blog to focus less on the craft of writing and more on the publishing side of things. Check out her earliest posts and podcasts to get an idea of her journey from not having anything published to being a bestselling thriller author.
Jami Gold – especially her writer resources, which include scrivener and excel templates to help with plotting
Lindsay Buroker

Books and other resources (Amazon Links)
Save the Cat! – Blake Snyder (this is a screenwriting book, but has some fantastic resources for plotting fiction)
Write. Publish. Repeat. – Jonny B Truant and Sean Platt
How To Be a Writer in the E-Age – Anne R Allen and Catherine Ryan Hyde
Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible – David Gaughran
How to Market a Book – Joanna Penn
No Plot? No Problem – Chris Baty (essentially, the NaNoWriMo bible)
On Writing – Stephen King
Joanna Penn’s books in her The Creative Business Books for Writers and Authors Series (12 books) – also available on Amazon and wherever you buy your books.

Covers, Formatting and Design
Fiverr – for cheaper services and quick turnaround, but do your due diligence here!
Get Covers – my current cover designers
Canva – for all my graphic design
Bookbrush – for book-specific ready-made templates and design

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