New to self-publishing? Me too! Wish you could pick someone’s brain on the process? Me too! I believe in mentoring, and there are a ton of author mentors out there who are willing to help us poor people:
Tom Corson-Knowles. Tom isn’t just a resident of my home state, Hawaii, but he’s also an author of motivational books and a tech savvy contributor to the world of self-publishing. Tom will teach you how to format your book for Kindle, how to find self-publishing resources, and, best of all, how to stay motivated. The best thing about Tom is he is consistent to reaching out to successful literary leaders and providing you with FREE access to interviews and podcasts that are actually relevant. When you subscribe to Tom’s email list, he will send you a FREE brochure on marketing strategies, especially useful for the brand new author. You can sign up via TCK publishing.
Nick Stephenson. Nick is a thriller author who loves to share FREE email marketing strategy through video (and we love you back, Nick). Once you subscribe to Nick’s email list, he will provide you with a wealth of information, including his formula based on his philosophy to increase sales. At the end of his FREE series, you will have the choice to move onto his paid program. But don’t let that scare you. Subscribing will get you the FREE information, and you can do that at YourFirst10kReaders.
JA Huss. Julie cusses. Julie likes to cuss a lot. But if you can get past the vulgarity (it’s actually pretty motivating-we all need a good kick in the ass every now and then), Julie will provided you with a few awesome resources in the world of How To’s for self-published authors. The best video lesson is on how to do Giveaways, a very elusive topic, and she shares her entire process with you for FREE! Julie’s philosophy on marketing varies from Nick’s in that she believes in continuing to use multiple social media platforms, but you can try all or choose the philosophy that works for you. Julie is an author of erotic literature and she has multiple blogs and websites and you can subscribe to her main website at JAHuss.
Joanna Penn. If you’re an author, you know Joanna Penn as The Creative Penn. She has years of experience and has been through a lot of the transitions in the literary market. The only issue I have is exactly that, there’s A LOT and although she tries to make it easy to navigate through the content, it’s hard to find exactly what you’re looking for but she does have a lot of lists, lists of: professional editing and cover design, writing tools, social media tools, and the lists go on. The biggest problem? She has so much content and there’s no search function. A lot of what she has to offer is not for brand new authors. Regardless, Joanna is a pioneer and there is a lot to learn from her at her website in various stages of your author journey. You can download the FREE author blueprint when you subscribe at TheCreativePenn.
Laurence O’Bryan. Laurence is an author who I suspect makes most of his money off of his promotion service tweeting books on Twitter. But Laurence also has several valuable FREE services available through Books Go Social (BGS). BGS hosts a Facebook group to share ideas and tips and ask questions on marketing. BGS also provides authors the opportunity to joing author teams, connecting you with authors who write in a similar genre. I joined my awesome author team through BGS and we are currently working on an anthology of short stories together. BGS also provides lesson videos, both FREE and paid. Believe me, when I didn’t have a clue about email, Laurence will get you started and he’ll school you on the legal applications as well, which I had no idea existed. You can get started with FREE training at BooksGoSocial.com.
Jane Friedman. Jane is the professor type. She serves to educate. Signing up to her FREE newsletter will give you insights on author conduct, author activities, author to do’s. She is another How To-er: How To create and run a book event, How To use hashtags, etc. Jane offers other paid courses, but she provides plenty of FREE content straight to your inbox. You just have to signup at her website and you can choose your level of email subscription at JaneFriedman.com.
Erica Verillo. I included Erica on this list because she provides blogs on stuff that is relevant to authors but falls in-between the stuff you might not know is important: writing contests, legislation, events, and traditional publishing. I periodically find myself on her blog as there is tons of FREE useful information there at PublishedToDeath.
P. S. I don’t know any of these people personally. There is plenty of FREE stuff out there from many authors. I’ve subscribed to a lot of it, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good or useful information. If you have someone you’d like to add, please send me the info to dpjoynes @ gmail.com and I will take a look.
At some point, everyone will ask you for a payment or purchase of some type. More money…oh, the horror!