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1001 Ways to Market Your Book by John Kremer  I am fortunate to have had the ever so wise and amusing John Kremer as a teacher and guide. He has spent 30 years of his life learning and sharing what he knows about the book trade. This is a basic handbook you’ll continually refer to. It is updated almost every year.

Heal Yourself with Writing by the ever so evolved Catherine Ann Jones, an accomplished playwright, Emmy award-winning screenwriter, and writing consultant. “She fuses solid writing craft with intangible inner dimensions,” writes one of her clients. Also see her book Way of Story. I am blessed to know her.

The Book Publisher’s Handbook by industry leader and former major publishing house exec Eric Kampmann, another smart teacher I am fortunate to have encountered on my path. He has written eight books (some spiritual) and currently runs an independent publishing and distribution company in NYC.

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler  This is not just a book for screenwriters, it is worthy reading for all writers.

Writing Non-Fiction by Dan Poynter. Poynter  was a skydiver, parachute expert, and self-publishing guru known to most of us in the book business. This is one of 170 self-published Poynter titles to read if you write non-fiction. Also see his Self-Publishing Manual for other basic tips.


52 Ways to Sell More Books  Colleague Penny Sansevieri is perky and fun. She writes a terrific newsletter delivered by e-mail. She loves novels and novelists and is an author as well. Sign up at . Free

Electric Speed  Jane Friedman teaches publishing at the University of Virginia and has a hip newsletter delivered weekly by e-mail, plus a web site with digital tools and other resources for authors. Sign up at  Free subscription  latest and greatest book deal announcements, NY publishing house updates, job board   Free subscription   My favorite daily reading. A compilation of independent publishing news vignettes featuring bookstores, personnel changes, and job possibilities plus photos (authors, book covers, bookstores), book reviews, videos and more. I have happily promoted indie client books on this site. Free subscription  offering a database and tools for the daily book business. Subscription fee


Association of Publishers for Special Sales   Brian Jud is the fine Executive Director of this association which will assist you if you have a niche market book. Educational events.

Independent Book Publishers Association  An extremely well-managed organization helping authors and indie presses. Super exposure if you place your book with them at the American Book Association’s annual congress. Excellent articles, resources. Educational events.

Independent Writers of Southern California   Monthly workshops and seminars on subjects of interest to all, smart and fun. Obviously, for writers living in southern California to enjoy.

Websites   you know what this is  😉  a digital book publishing company with a commitment to posting worthwhile articles to download and/or read  study other book covers first, see what works at the best publishing houses  John Kremer’s up-t0-the-minute reports plus articles on everything you need to know to get your book(s) into the marketplace. Great resource!! (  register your ISBN numbers and buy bar codes, another fine resource for authors, publishers, bookstores, etc.  lists over 700 publishers to research  deemed “thoughtful and conscientious” by users, you can also subscribe to their newsletter and learn about crowdfunding, contests, agents, employers and more  ask other authors, readers to post their reviews of your book here. Note: Amazon-owned Shelfari, a similar site, merged with Goodreads in January 2016  once you are listed as an agent, author, publisher, etc. you will have access to excellent book publishing groups that post helpful articles and chats if you want to know everything going with NY publishing (and publishing in a few other places), worth subscribing to.  another excellent resource that offers a weekly newsletter   New Zealander Gary McLaren’s guide for self-published e-books and other forms of publication.

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