Writing

How to Write Your Memoir By Joe Kita – Reader’s Digest: http://www.rd.com/advice/great-tips-on-how-to-write-your-memoir/

Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide – Gotham Writer’s Workshop – One of the best books I’ve read about writing: https://www.writingclasses.com/resources/gotham-books/writing-fiction

Writing Tips to Make You Better by Goins, Writer: https://goinswriter.com/writing-tips/

Writers Workshop: Writer Resources – The Center for Writing Studies – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/tips/

 

 

Book Reading Resources

Updated September 25, 2018

Books To Consider Reading

2017:  Looking for something to read this summer: http://www.npr.org/2017/06/29/534709986/i-want-the-pages-to-turn-librarian-nancy-pearls-summer-reading-list

All I Want For Christmas by ClareLydon: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27261195-all-i-want-for-christmas

Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe by Michio Kaku, Jennifer Trainer Thompson: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/328262.Beyond_Einstein?from_search=true

Death by the Riverside (Micky Knight #1) by J.M. Redmann: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/183692.Death_by_the_Riverside?from_search=true

Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific by Donald Kroodsma: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27311873-listening-to-a-continent-sing?from_search=true

Merle’s Door by TedKerasote: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/430968.Merle_s_Door

Mind Over Muscle: Writings from the Founder of Judo by Jigoro Kano: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1002968.Mind_Over_Muscle?from_search=true

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1134122.The_Power_of_Positive_Thinking

The Tracker by Tom Brown Jr: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/253272.The_Tracker

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck – A fun read and glimpse into America of years ago – : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5306.Travels_with_Charley

War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel, Thomas E. Ricks (Foreword): http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20696003-war-dogs?from_search=true

 

 

 

 

Business Resources – Entities, Taxes, Websites, And More…

General Business Advice:

Doesn’t get any better than this: https://www.ziglar.com
@TheZigZiglar

Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony (Tony) Robbins: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/ebook/

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4865.How_to_Win_Friends_and_Influence_People

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30186948-think-and-grow-rich

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield: http://www.thesuccessprinciples.com

 

Setting Up An Entity:

Are you a sole proprietor: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/choose-your-business-structure/sole-proprietorship

Starting a business? Start here: https://www.sba.gov

 

Setting Up A Website:

Buy your website domain name directly from a registrar?: https://www.thesitewizard.com/archive/registerdomain.shtml

Excellent video on how to verify a website with Google: https://youtu.be/AGd90eN9GHk

Get to know the technology behind the internet (protocol parameters, Internet number resources and domain names) : https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/beginners-guides-2012-03-06-en

Has your website suddenly disappeared from search engine results? Check out Edward Chung’s article: https://edward-designer.com/web/website-disappear-google/

Registering a domain name: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,33918,00.asp

When purchasing a domain name through a web host, check their policy to make sure you own the name and can move it to another host if necessary. https://whois.icann.org/en/domain-name-registration-process

 

Taxes:

Are your self-employment taxes keeping you up at night?   I bought this book and it has helped me: https://accountantbesideyou.com/products/banish-your-bookkeeping-nightmares-the-go-to-guide-to-save-money-reduce-frustration-and-satisfy-the-irs

Self-employment tax: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/filing-paying-taxes

Why can’t the government make figuring out taxes easy? This book helped me: http://taxmama.com/small-business-taxes-made-easy/

 

Resources for Running a Self-Publishing Business

Copyright:

Copyright Registration: https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf#page=7

Creating Audiobooks:

Learn how to create an audiobook using Amazon’s subsidiary ACX (by Rob Dircks of Goldfinch Publishing): https://youtu.be/VeHMtoOn6Lg Thanks Rob!

Want to create an audiobook? Check out ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange): http://www.acx.com Sell via Audible through Amazon and iTunes

Joanna Penn on using ACX: https://blog.acx.com/2015/03/31/acx-storytellers-joanna-penn/

Do authors really need a website? https://janefriedman.com/publishers-author-websites/

FYI – Amazon KDP Ads: https://janefriedman.com/using-amazon-kdp-ads-sell-ebook-amazon/

FYI – Facebook Boosts: https://www.agorapulse.com/blog/boost-post-facebook-advertising

Formatting Books for Publication:

Microsoft Word: Common Mistakes Made When Writing A Book In Microsoft Word by Kimberley Martin: http://www.self-pub.net/blog/common-mistakes-made-when-writing-a-book-in-microsoft-word/

Vellum: https://vellum.pub

Great list of news sites for authors and self-publishers: https://blog.reedsy.com/best-self-publishing-roundups

How to Self-Publish by Jane Friedman: https://janefriedman.com/self-publish-your-book/

How to Self-Publish a Print Book: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/how-to-self-publish-a-print-book/

Long-Term Marketing Models for Self-Published Authors  by Jane Friedman  (January 20, 2016): https://janefriedman.com/long-term-marketing-models-for-self-published-authors/

May 2016 Author Earnings Report: the definitive million-title study of US author earnings – authorearnings.com: http://authorearnings.com/report/may-2016-report/

PDF editing of print book file:

If you need a pdf editor for your Mac try PDF Expert by Readdle Inc.: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-expert-edit-annotate-and-sign-pdfs/id1055273043?mt=12 Best $59.99 spent!

Using PDF Expert (by Readdle Inc.) to edit Vellum’s generated pdf for print book. Can try for free: https://pdfexpert.com Love it!

Publish:

Draft2Digital: https://www.draft2digital.com

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP): Getting Started – https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A37Z49E2DDQPP3

Lulu: https://www.lulu.com

Self-publish with Amazon: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com

Social Media for Writers: Marketing Strategies for Building Your Audience and Selling Books
by Tee Morris (Goodreads Author), Pip Ballantine: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26778201-social-media-for-writers?from_search=true

Starting a self-publishing business:

Start with a business plan: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/write-your-business-plan

Get an EIN. Educate yourself on self-employment tax, DBA certificate, etc. https://www.sba.gov

Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/12/19/successful-self-publishing-free-book/

What’s an ISBN: http://www.isbn.org/about_ISBN_standard

Write, Publish, Repeat by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt: http://sterlingandstone-e5b627ec.stage71.rmkr.net/write-publish-repeat/

Understanding KDP Select and other option on Amazon: http://www.savvybookwriters.com/still-worth-to-be-on-amazons-kdp-select/

Word Doc Conversion Tool:

Amazon KDP Unveils Kindle Create Word Doc Conversion Tool By Mercy Pilkington – Good-e-Reader (April 7, 2017): http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/amazon-kdp-unveils-kindle-create-word-doc-conversion-tool