Resources for Indie Authors

As independent publishing continues to grow, services supporting both authors and readers also increase. Over the past few years, a number of services have risen that effectively meet a need in the indie publishing community.

Two of these services provide robust choices.

 

ReedsyReedsy

This service helps authors find and connect with the best publishing professionals needed in producing a book. With this service, you can find editors, book cover designers, publicists, and translators. Reedsy also hosts a robust blog with great information. Learn more on Reedsy’s website at https://reedsy.com.

Draft2DigitalDraft2Digital

This publishing platform started as a digital distributor for ebooks. They have expanded their offerings to now include ebooks, print-on-demand books, and audiobooks (through their partnership with Findaway Voices). Draft2Digital offers wide distribution to numerous online outlets. The benefit of using this platform is that there are no upfront costs. Instead, Draft2Digital takes a portion of your earnings (10%) for their payment. Learn more at https://www.draft2digital.com.

Two newer services of note are for fiction authors.

New Fiction Book Discovery Website

A group of 120 authors—both traditional and indie—has launched Binge Books (https://bingebooks.com), a new online community for fiction readers. The site strives to be a reader hub where readers can explore new writers, unfamiliar genres, as well as favorite author collections.  Binge Books also a social media site, so readers will have the chance to interact with each other as well as the authors they follow.

Binge Books

Binge Books will also host a bookstore with links to purchase print books, ebooks and audiobooks from a choice of retailers. If you want to have your books featured on this site, you can join the author waitlist at https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/v7b3o5. The site will then contact you when they are ready to add new novels.

Self-Editing with Artificial Intelligence

Early this year, a new self-editing tool that utilizes artificial intelligence was launched. This tool, called Marlowe, is an artificial intelligence tool that helps authors improve their novels before sending it off for professional editing.

Marlowe

This tool can read your book and deliver a 25+ comprehensive critique within an hour. It is inexpensive—a fraction of the cost of a human editor. Marlowe reads all fictional genres and sub-genres and returns unbiased feedback. The tool can critique character traits, plot arcs, narrative arcs, pacing, punctuation, sentence structure, reading level and more.

Try Marlowe out on your novel at https://authors.ai. The service will provide a basic critique of your novel for free. There is a fee for the more robust analysis.

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NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is this month—November.

This annual event encourages authors and would-be authors to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in one month, during the month of November.

Thus far, 90+ published novels began as NaNoWriMo projects.  NaNoWriMo writers produced three billion words last year.

Are you looking for some inspiration to finish or write a novel that has been hanging around the corners of your mind? Then I encourage you to seize this month to write your novel. Just start writing. Write instead of watching television this month. Write in your spare time. If you get stuck and need some inspiration, simply visit the NaNoWriMo website to read a daily writing tip.

Are you a publisher looking for a great novel manuscript to publish? Consider hosting a NaNoWriMo competition. Encourage writers who have put a novel to ink this month to submit their novel for consideration for publication with your publishing company. You can help add to the NaNoWriMo statistics as well as your company’s book offerings. Published novels that began as NaNoWriMo projects are sure to draw plenty of media coverage, helping you get a boost on promoting the book you choose.

Don’t wait. November starts today. Start writing or advertising your NaNoWriMo competition. And, keep me informed. I would love to hear about your NaNoWriMo project.

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