I thought I’d share some links and communities for indie authors looking for resources as I know it can be difficult to even know where to start. Starting off without a reader base makes getting one challenging, but there are ways to showcase your works from the start!*
*I have not used all of these websites personally, as some of these have been recommended to me, so do let me know if anything needs amending!
WordPress is a great place to start, honestly. So many bloggers have made WordPress their home and many have review policy pages to check out. This is generally located in the menu. For those looking to offer advance reader copies (ARCs) of their books, there are also master posts of bloggers seeking ARCs at The Indie Reviewers List, The Book Reviewer Directory, The Book Blogger List, 100 Best Blogs for Book Reviews and Shirley’s Book Blogger List.
There are also places like the self-published/indie authors community on Livejournal where you can post about your book, and Loyal Lyre where you can submit it for consideration for Book of the Month.
Voracious Readers Only is another option, where they advertise your book to readers seeking indie options. In my experience, VRO is a truly fantastic resource and I definitely recommend giving it a go. The trial period is free and you get to send ARCs to readers themselves, thereby adding readers to your newsletters!
For those looking on starting a blog or starting a website, these two places have been kindly shared with me: How to Start a Blog in 2021 and How to Make a Successful Website. There is also Word Refiner, with proofreading and promotion.
Lee Hall, a fellow indie author who has had great success with marketing, published Consistent Creative Content (2021), which has his personal insight into the art of marketing indie books. Rachel Bowdler, both self and traditionally published, also has a thread on what’s worked for her.
There is the wildly popular SPFBO, hosted by fantasy author Mark Lawrence. Hugh Howey, a big name in the SP community and an international best seller, is now hosting SPSFC, styled after SPFBO. BBNYA does yearly competitions. And Fallbrandt Press hosts a yearly Indie Sci-fi/Fantasy Author Battle (ISFAB).
There are also creative writing contests.
The Indie Authors & Books community welcomes authors, readers and bloggers to share their books, sites and recommendations. Some other really great GR ones are: For Love of a Book, (Indie) Authors At The Round Table, Advanced Copies for Review & Book Giveaways, Making Connections, Authors & Reviewers, Shut Up & Read, Free Books, .99, Giveaways & Reviews, Bookworm Bitches, Readers That Love Giveaways, Ebook Deals, and Free Books, Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy. Be sure to read the rules before posting/submitting. Each community has different requirements. 🙂
Blog tours are another great option to advertise your book to readers: A Novel Take, Let’s Talk! Promotions, Xpresso Book Tours, Be My Book Boyfriend, Rockstar Book Tours, Promotional Book Tours, R&R Book Tours, Storytellers on Tour, The Write Reads, Bewitching Book Tours, TBR and Beyond Tours, Psst Promotions, Turn the Page Tours, The Book Terminal, Blackthorn Book Tours, Random Things Tours, Silver Dagger Book Tours, Prism Book Tours, Caffeine Book Tours and Booktamins all offer blog tours.**
[**Note: I have not used all of these personally, but have been linked to them and wanted to share.]
If you’re looking to write short stories and want to try submitting to a magazine, there are some great magazines calling for submissions and I found a wonderful compilation of links here. In more recent news, Indie Bites is a fresh quarterly indie fantasy anthology that’s accepting submissions from self-published, independent and new authors. They are also on Twitter (@Indie_Bites). I have also made a Twitter thread with submissions open as of March 2021.
I am absolutely in awe of all of these places and encourage anyone looking for a cover designer to have a good browse around for the right art to adorn your book!
Getting freelance/indie artists to draw the characters in your novel is not only fun, but helps readers visualise the characters. There are numerous artists showcasing their work on Twitter. I was lucky enough to get Libra Illustrations to draw some of my characters from my book These Violent Nights and am delighted by the final result!
When advertising on social media, having nice graphics can really help. I’m still learning this myself, but some helpful guides I’ve found are here: Book Brush vs Canva and How To Kill It With Book Promo Images on Twitter.
I hope this helps anyone looking for resources! (ɔ◔‿◔)ɔ If anyone has any lists they think should be added, leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the post.
Thank you to everyone who has suggested websites and links! You guys are wonderful! ♥♥