0. Recommended Books

1. Writing Links:

A Plot Grid -
Table of Story Structures by Robert Carlson -
Vonnegut's Shapes of Stories -
Six Emotional Story Arcs -
Blake Snyder's “Save the Cat” -
Author Earnings Romance Report -
Lester Dent’s Master Fiction Plot -
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. - - tells you their printing costs. (owned by Amazon) - - 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. vs costs - 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.
Annual fees to maintain your Ingram connection and also fees to revise your book (which neither Lulu nor Createspace have.)
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: – every author should keep a blog. JA Konrath uses only this. No maintenance overhead, no security worries.

4. Bibliography

Wake Up and Live” by Dorothea Brande  
"On Writing" by Stephen King  
"Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White  
"Building Your Book for Kindle" by Kindle Direct Publishing  
Content, Inc.” by Joe Pulizzi  
From 2,000 to 5,000” by Rachel Aaron (
Reader Magnets” by Nick Stephenson (

5. Additional References:

Formatting guides:

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 -

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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.)  
KindleSpy – a nice in-browser tool to help you see exactly what the competition is doing and download spreadsheet-ready data (among other things.) 

10. Recommended Courses

Kindling by Geoff Shaw. Use “kdspy” as discount code 
Nick Stephenson's Your First 10000 Readers -  
Mark Dawson's Facebook Advertising Course -  
Geoff Shaw’s Reverse Engineering Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books -
Geoff Shaw’s How to Succeed with Kindle Short Reads -

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