Let’s face it, in order to get published these days you have to do more than write a great book.
Last time I covered 12 resources in the form of Smart Publishing People, this week I’m recommending Great Writing and Publishing Communities for Indie Authors in 2016.
Your homework is to check them all out and feed off the positive energy and great tips they all have to share!
13. IBPA: Bar none, IBPA is a fantastic organization, it’s worth the small sign up fee to be a part of this great group of people. They also have a yearly conference, lots of webinars and a great magazine. www.ibpa-online.org
14. Nonfiction Writers Association: If you write non-fiction, this is a fantastic group to be a part of. They also have a yearly conference and a website that’s packed with helpful information and tips for new and established authors. http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/
15. Goodreads: Part social network, part platform building Goodreads is a fantastic resource for all things book-related. Go there, start a profile (once you do, upgrade to an Author Profile) and start networking with readers, reviewers and other authors!www.goodreads.com
16. Write On by Kindle: Write On is a place for all the people who make great writing happen. Here, you can get support and provide feedback at every stage of the creative process. You can read works by other authors, give feedback, post your own work and see what people have to say. Getting the right input early on is vital and this site can help get you there! https://writeon.amazon.com/
17. SheWrites Over 27,000 writers of all levels of expertise have joined this buzzing community, founded by author Kamy Wicoff. At She Writes you can create your own profile, build your network, share your work, get expert advice and feedback and discuss all types of things in the forum.http://www.shewrites.com/
18. Kindle Boards: This site has an insane amount of information in it all around publishing, eBook and book promotion. Stay focused only on the conversation strings that are current and where you see active participation. http://www.kboards.com/
19. Prosperous Writer: Christina Katz’s’ Writing and Publishing School blog focuses on helping writers follow through when giving up seems like the only option. I also love her “Writer Mamas” section directed at moms who want to grow their career and still make time to be a parent. Yes, apparently it is possible for women to do both. http://christinakatz.com/
21. Alliance of Independent Authors: Dedicated to indie authors, this great organization not only has a very active blog but also a host of events and some great marketing advice!http://selfpublishingadvice.org/
22. WattPad: Wattpad is a great place to tell stories and help them go social. Hailed as the world’s largest community of writers and readers, members are free to post and read original stories and engage in conversation with each other. This is a great platform to build buzz around your writing. https://www.wattpad.com/
Stay tuned for Part 3, my list of the best resources for staying on top of publishing changes!
Penny C. Sansevieri, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. (AME), is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book social media marketing, book marketing, and media relations expert. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most leading-edge book marketing campaigns.