Resources

This is a list of resources on writing, publishing, and independent publishing. There’s no particular order (not even alphabetical). I’ve used some of them. Others have been recommended to me by published authors and fellow writers.

Bulletin Boards

Kindleboards  Create an account and see conversations between authors on current topics.

Books

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print, Renni Browne and Dave King

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, John Truby

Screenwriting Tricks for Authors (and Screenwriters!), Alexandra Sokol

Techniques of the Selling Writer, Dwight V. Swain

Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, Blake Snyder, describes a simple system called a “Beat Sheet” that helps you figure out your story’s plot points

The Weekend Novelist, Robert J. Ray, recommends writing a discovery draft to learn the story, a meditation draft to highlight the themes and cut extraneous material, and a final draft to clean up the language

Blueprint your Bestseller: Organize and Revise Any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method, Stuart Horowitz, describes a method for getting from the discovery draft to the meditation draft

Podcasts

Writing Excuses  four hosts write fantasy, horror, science fiction, and alternate history, so a lot of the podcasts are directed at genre fiction, but there’s a ton of good all-around writing advice

Rocking Self Publishing  weekly interviews with self-published authors

The Creative Penn

The Author Biz  actionable information to help you run your author business

Sell More Books Show

Self Publishing Podcast

Grammar Girl  Mignon Fogarty goes in depth about a particular rule of grammar, etymology, or some other basic building block of writing. A normal podcast lasts about five minutes.
The Author Hangout interviews with bestselling authors and experts in the publishing field

Blogs

David Gaughran  best one; usually very worthwhile blog posts; author of two publishing- and Amazon-centric books; good insights into how Amazon works

Write It Forward 

Ja Konrath  what’s going on with the whole publishing industry; worth reading the comments on some of the blog posts

Hugh C. Howey  good insight into the whole publishing industry; puts out the author earnings reports quarterly; good info scraped from amazon website to determine author / price trends

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