Our List of Best Self-Publishing Blogs
May 14th, 2014 by Samantha Knoerzer
Thinking about self-publishing but don’t know where to start? A good place to begin is by reading reading and more reading.
To get you started we’ve compiled a list of our favorite blogs. Good luck!
1) Hugh Howey
Hugh’s Wool series became a sudden success in the Fall of 2011. Originally just a novelette, the demand from Amazon reviewers sent him scurrying to write more tales in this subterranean world. The resulting Omnibus has spent considerable time in the Amazon top 100, has been a #1 Bestseller in Science Fiction on Amazon, and was optioned by Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian for a potential feature film. The story of its success has been mentioned in Entertainment Weekly, Variety, and Deadline Hollywood among many others. Random House is publishing the hardback version in the UK in January of 2013. To hear about the process of his success, check out his blog here.
2) Jane Friedman
Jane Friedman has spent more than 15 years in the media industry as an editor, publisher, and professor. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Scratch, a digital magazine exploring the intersection of writing and money, and teaches digital media and publishing at the University of Virginia.
Jane has spoken at hundreds of writing conferences, and recently delivered keynote talks about the future of authorship at The Muse & The Marketplace, the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute, and PubSmart. Her expertise on the transformation of the publishing industry has been featured throughout many events and media, including NPR’s Morning Edition, Frankfurt Book Fair, Publishers Weekly, SXSW, Nieman Journalism Lab, and AWP. She has also served on panels and advisory boards for nonprofits such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund.
Check out her blog site here.
Wise, Ink is an online community created to help passionate authors through the hurdles of publishing. The voices behind Wise, Ink are two editors, Dara Beevas and Amy Quale. Dara and Amy both work for an indie publisher in the Twin Cities and are passionate about authors, books, and all things related to publishing.
Check out tier blog site here.
4) The Book Designer
The Book Designer is a blog written by award-winning book designer, and one of the Internet’s leading experts on self-publishing, Joel Friedlander. The site gives practical self-publishing advice to help one build a better book. It has been rated one of the 101 best websites for writers in 2012 and 2014 by Reader’s Digest. It has also received the Alliance of Independent Authors Award, where it was rated one of the top websites for self-publishers. Check out the site here.
Duolit is a site run by two advertising and graphic design professionals named Toni and Shannon who started the blog to fulfill their desire of helping passionate indie authors publish their work and build their fanbase. There desire to see every passionate indie author earn success is what fuels readers to keep coming back to the site for more. Check out their site here
6) Writer Beware
Writer Beware was founded in 1998 by Victoria Strauss and fellow author and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) member, Ann Crispin (who writes as A.C. Crispin). Writer Beware’s mission is to track, expose, and raise awareness of scams and other questionable activities in and around the publishing industry. For more information, check out the site here.
IndieReader is a venue for book-lovers to find and purchase self-published books directly from the author. Its tagline “If you saw it here, you read it first” promises the first access to new content. As it says on its site, “In a world where almost everything is packaged by committee, IndieReader offers you books with a single voice: the writer’s own.”
Passive Guy is an attorney, entrepreneur, former tech executive and writer. Prior to reopening his law practice, PG’s business involved high-stakes intellectual property litigation. He started The Passive Voice as an anonymous blog so his snarky remarks would not show up when opposing counsel performed a Google search.
The Passive Voice blog provides a lawyer’s thoughts on authors, self-publishing, and traditional publishing. Its discussions of litigation and copyright laws is must have information for any self-published author. Look here for more information.
CopyBlogger is a site that provides content marketing tools, tips, and training for online marketers, copywriters, and entrepreneurs. It provides advice, strategies, and solutions that work. Its solutions for smarter content marketing are great for a newly self-published author. Check out the site here.
is written by NY Times bestselling thriller and nonfiction author, Joanna Penn. The site promises to help you find the proper resources to help you write, publish and market your book. Check out the site here. Joanna goes through the mistakes and positive decisions from her own personal account of being a published author, and helps others along the path to publishing, while avoiding making the same mistakes. Look here for more information on the site.
12) SelfPublishingAdvice.org (an ALLI blog)
This blog is run by The Alliance of Independent Authors, a non-profit association of the world’s best self-publishing authors and advisors. No matter what the reasoning is behind your self-published work, all are invited to join the site as a member where they are promised to find a diverse, supportive and friendly community, and great self-publishing advice. Look at the site for more info. Click here.
13) David Gaughran
David Gaughran is a 34-year old Irish writer who runs the publishing blog Let’s Get Digital
and the South American history site South Americana
, has a regular column at Indie Reader
, and his work has been featured in theHuffington Post
, The Sunday Times
, the Irish Times,
and the Irish Examiner
. We love David’s blog because it always contains actionable tips for the self-pub author.
Of course we can’t forget our blog!
The one and only! If you read this blog, you should know about this one! Bibliocrunch helps connect authors and publishers with book publishing professionals to get new books and apps to market. With an exclusive community of professionals who have worked for some of the largest publishing houses, including Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Random House, and Harper Collins, BiblioCrunch users can create the perfect publishing team for their needs.
Our blog provides great self-publishing tips in its easily accessible site. From tips on how to make the most effective book cover, to information about the worldwide self-publishing market, BiblioCrunch’s blog ensures readers the best insight for making their book a success.