USEFUL LINKS FOR AUTHORS
Follow the links below for useful services, friendly professionals and also more advice. This is a growing page that is updated all the time, so keep checking back if you find yourself needing advice.
GREAT PLACES TO FIND PROFESSIONALS & ADVICE
The below companies and resources offer either a database or a maketplace of vetted professionals.
Reedsy is a fantastic marketplace for all sorts of publising and marketing professionals, such as editors, cover designers, typesetters and formatters. Sign up using the link below and get $25 off your first quote!
The Literary Consultancy
The Literary Consultancy was the first editorial consultancy for writers set up in the UK, in 1996. Its aim was to provide honest, professional editorial feedback to writers to give them a better sense of whether and where their work might fit into the ever-changing market.
TLC continues to provide its core manuscript assessment service to writers writing in English at all levels across all genres, with a team of 90 professional editors. It also runs a popular mentoring programme, Chapter and Verse, and a series of practical workshops and masterclasses, as well as a yearly writing retreat, Literary Adventures.
The Society for Editors and Proofreaders
The SfEP is a a good site for finding reliable editors and for more information on the costs and process of editing.
Writers Boon is a discounted marketplace for writers where top-notch editors, designers, formatters, course providers, book marketers offer 15% discount and more on their services. It also offers unique book promo opportunities like Quozimus and InBookish. Joining Writers Boon and access to all its features is free.
REPUTABLE PUBLISHING & MARKETING SERVICES
The companies below offer comprehensive publishing and services, and are known for their good reputation and quality of service.
Using their vetted network of over 1500 publishing specialists, whitefox source and manage bespoke publishing services for writers, helping them to create books of the highest quality possible with their available budget.
whitefox represent 30+ years of publishing experience and commercial nous, at a senior level. Above and beyond the services themselves, this oversight and support represents real value to self-publishing authors.
Create. Think. Do.
CreateThinkDo provides marketing mentoring to authors, artists and creatives of all kinds who want to build a solid marketing approach that’s effective and based on individual needs and ambitions.
SilverWood are regularly hailed as a very dependable company, and can support you with a range of affordable professional publishing services, from copy-editing,
proofreading and book cover design, through to author promotion, trade distribution, and hand-formatted ebook editions.
Your Book Promoter
Run by markting guru Laurence O'Bryan, YBP is one of the leading, full service, book promotion companies in the world. They don’t focus on one off events, such as an email blast or Twitter campaign, but provide a wide range of online promotions to ensure your book has the best possible opportunity to reach readers.
eBOOK PUBLISHING PLATFORMS
The platforms below provide access to global markets and popular eBook stores. All of the below are free to use and open to authors all around the world.
Kindle Direct Publishing
The first and most popular eBook publishing platform out there.
Kobo Writing Life
A very aesthetically pleasing website that is very easy to use.
Currently only available to US authors, this is Barne's & Noble's platform.
Though you do need a Mac to publish, it's one of the biggest retailers out there.
The favourite of Android devices, Google Play is growing all the time,
Below are individual professionals in the areas of book cover design, editing, typesetting and formatting.
JB Book Cover Design
Jessica Bell began her career as a graphic designer back in 2011. Since then she has designed hundreds of covers, many of which have hit bestseller lists, and won awards. Being an author herself, she is sensitive to her clients’ needs. She also prides herself on prompt friendly service and an iterative design process.