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Released February 11, 2016 by Joel Friedlander’s Author Toolkits
A how-to guide for indie authors and covering everything from naming your business to managing your finances.
Easy-to-Use Worksheets and Forms
Need a contract for an editor or designer? Looking for a permission letter to use an image? What about a spreadsheet to keep track of income and expenses? PBIC includes checklists, worksheets and sample releases, freelance contracts, and permission letters, with explanations and instructions.
A Comprehensive Guide
PBIB in laid out in an easy-to-follow sequence. It explains what to do when and where to file what, so you can avoid back-tracking. It shows you how to organize your business information to save time and money at tax time. It will help spark ideas for expanding your business empire.
Jane Friedman is one of the most intelligent voices in writing and self-publishing. Her blog hosts some of the biggest names in traditional and indie publishing. Her new video program, How to Publish Your Book produced by The Great Courses, covers both traditional and self-publishing options. (While you’re on The Great Courses site, check out Building Great Sentences, another valuable program.) Jane is available for one-on-one consultations as well.
Joanna Penn a/k/a The Creative Penn is a rare combination of creative spark and business smarts. Her Creative Freedom Course – How to Make a Living From Your Writing gives practical yet inspirational advice to help writers that leap from writing in their spare time to writing for a living. Her blog and podcasts on The Creative Penn will have you laughing while you’re learning. She’s a dynamo.
Alliance of Independent Authors is an organization for indie authors and well worth the membership price. They produce an educational blog, helpful webinars and programs, and various how-to publications for indie authors. Their members share advice on contracts, translation and film deals, and selecting editors, designer and other professionals. Members enjoy get discounts at major conferences and with companies like IngramSpark. I am a member of their Board of Advisors.
Nina Amir is an Inspiration-to-Creative Coach who works with writers at all stages of book development, particularly nonfiction. Nina helps writers create compelling nonfiction book proposals and increase their productivity. Her books, How to Blog a Book and Author Training Manual, are must-have guides, particularly for non-fiction writers.
At Book Design Templates, you can download affordable templates for book covers, book interiors, media kits, blog posts, and their very popular book launch tool kit. The brain-child of Joel Friedlander, Book Design Templates will be launching my program, Publishing Business in a Box, in early 2016. Joel and Betty Kelly Sargent also compiled a directory of select editors, designers, formatters, publicists and other professionals in The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide.
Author U (niversity) is a non-profit membership community of authors, writers and publishers that helps writers learn about …
Carla King’s Self-Pub Boot Camp is an intensive, all-day program at the San Francisco Writers Conference that is available in video. Boot Camp features Joel Friedlander, Nina Amir, Mark Coker, Penny Sansevieri, Robin Cutler, Linda Lee, among other experts, discussing design, production, distribution, marketing, website design, and more. My portion of the video covers how to set up your self-publishing business.
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