0. Recommended Books
1. Writing Links:
A Plot Grid - http://calm.li/plotgrid
Table of Story Structures by Robert Carlson - http://calm.li/storygridpix
Vonnegut's Shapes of Stories - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ
Six Emotional Story Arcs - http://calm.li/sixplotarcs
Blake Snyder's “Save the Cat” -
Smashwords’ Mark Coker Annual Reports - http://blog.smashwords.com/2016/04/2016survey-how-to-publish-and-sell-ebooks.html
Author Earnings 2016 Report - http://authorearnings.com/report/may-2016-report/
Author Earnings Romance Report - http://authorearnings.com/2016-rwa-pan-presentation/
Lester Dent’s Master Fiction Plot - http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/dent.html
ProWritingAid – http://prowritingaid.eom for all your line-editing needs.
2. Publishing Links
Print on Demand Publishers
As mentioned, you can get these produced more cheaply through a short-run printer, but will have a higher cost and a lot more books to sell. Print on Demand books never go out of print, though. And you won't pay shipping (both ways) to keep your book in stores.
Lulu.com - www.lulu.com/create/books - tells you their printing costs.
Createspace.com (owned by Amazon) - https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/#content6 - tells you their printing costs. Basically a cut-rate way to get your paperback into Amazon. Distribution is iffy and cuts into royalties. Publishing through Amazon makes you subject to their limits and qualifications of what you can publish there.
Lulu.com vs Createspace.com costs - http://www.lugaru.com/lulucalc.html This site gives you a comparison between the two. A little dated, but looks fairly accurate.
You can also publish your book on each of these partially to get to their pricing calculators - but the above link gives you a roughly accurate idea.
IngramSpark - http://www.ingramspark.com/
Annual fees to maintain your Ingram connection and also fees to revise your book (which neither Lulu nor Createspace have.)
Lightning Source - https://www.lightningsource.com/shippingcalc.aspx
A bit involved as a high-end POD publisher - also gets into Ingram’s system. Compare their prices in bulk to CS and Lulu.
3. Other Useful Links for Publishing
The Catalog Block - what you have on your copyright page to get into libraries and wholesalers: www.dgiinc.com/pcip/
Blogger.com – every author should keep a blog. JA Konrath uses only this. No maintenance overhead, no security worries.
"On Writing" by Stephen King https://goo.gl/tVAiKj
"Building Your Book for Kindle" by Kindle Direct Publishing https://goo.gl/pckcDe
"An Open Office Guide to Publishing on Smashwords" by Gregory Scott http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/252868
“Content, Inc.” by Joe Pulizzi https://goo.gl/yLYAyK
“From 2,000 to 5,000” by Rachel Aaron (https://goo.gl/vXuuEK )
“Reader Magnets” by Nick Stephenson (https://goo.gl/KZ7EXs)
5. Additional References:
6. Key tip:
"Regardless of how they appear on the cover, title and subtitle must be correctly capitalized. The first letter of all words in the title and subtitle should be capitalized, except for the following words: a, an, and, for, from, of, or, the, to. The first and last word of the title and subtitle should always be capitalized."
Video: How to publish a book on Linux or Windows – at no cost - https://youtu.be/90wJf1pmi-8
7. Get Scam Free
Visit this page for free education on scammers and how to handle them: http://livesensical.com/scamfree/ (No opt-in required.)
8. Free tools
These three are all I use to publish my books. They run on every commonly-known platform.
Recording and editing your own audio (for books, etc.)
9. Paid Tools
KDPRocket – to help you find the best choice of keywords in your chosen genre (among other things.) https://kdprocket.com/
KindleSpy – a nice in-browser tool to help you see exactly what the competition is doing and download spreadsheet-ready data (among other things.) http://www.kdspy.com/
10. Recommended Courses
Kindling by Geoff Shaw. http://www.5minutepublishing.com/kindling/ Use “kdspy” as discount code
Nick Stephenson's Your First 10000 Readers - http://www.yourfirst10kreaders.com/
Mark Dawson's Facebook Advertising Course - http://www.selfpublishingformula.com/
Geoff Shaw’s Reverse Engineering Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books - https://www.udemy.com/reverse-engineer-riveting-fiction-write-best-selling-books/
Geoff Shaw’s How to Succeed with Kindle Short Reads - https://www.udemy.com/how-to-succeed-with-kindle-short-reads/