Updated on December 22, 2016; January 24, 2021.
Here is a basic list of websites that you must know about when starting out as a self-publisher.
Here is a list of websites that you must know about when starting out as a self-publisher. Most of the sites listed are considered to be the biggest names in the industry. I personally find many of them to be essential to running a professional and profitable operation.
They are listed in a random order:
1. Google.com/AdSense: is a free, simple way to make money online by placing ads on your website/blog.
2. LinkedIn.com: build your professional identity online and stay in touch with colleagues and classmates.
4. Scribd.com: PDF document storage and sharing; and sales of documents and ebooks. Free.
5. SmashWords.com: excellent place to get involved with publishing ebooks. Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. We offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.
6. Amazon.com Advantage Program For Books: the largest and most important internet retail sales book site. You’re going to spend a lot of time learning about Amazon.
7. BarnesAndNoble.com: the second largest retail sales book site.
8. APSS: The Association of Publishers for Special Sales: helps authors find new opportunities for sales to non-bookstore buyers.
9. iBooks.com: for sales of your ebooks.
10. TheBookDesigner.com: practical advice to build better books by Joel Friedlander.
11. YouTube.com: the most important place to show your videos. Free.
12. LightningSource.com: a POD source for printed books and ebooks; will manage your POD sales worldwide, and distribute to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Considered a back-door way to get your publications into Ingram’s database.
13. BowkerLink.com: the source for buying and managing ISBN’s.
14. FreeBarCodes.com: a great place to create Bookland barcodes for your publications. Free.
15. Lynda.com: a great place for learning about publishing software. I spent a huge amount of time using this website. But now I have switched over to YouTube.com
16. MailChimp.com: mailing list management. Free to a certain extent.
17. EzineArticles.com: authors can post their articles in a searchable database for newsletter publishers to publish. Free.
18. PRLog.com: is an online press release distribution and release submission service. Free.
19. CreativeCommons.org: provides licenses that help the copyright owner share some rights with others. Free.
20. Gravatar.com: a website used to create your personal avatar that will appear where ever you post a comment. Free.
21. CafePress.com: an excellent website to create t-shirts, hats, etc. with graphics and images that you create. Excellent way to add a small side-income to your book sales.
22. The Writers and Publishers Network (WPN): formerly Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN), provides information, resources and opportunities for anyone involved in or interested in publishing.
23. IBPA-online.org: Independent Book Publishers Association. Excellent way to connect with your peers. A huge amount of helpful information. IBPA is a trade association of independent publishers. Founded in 1983, it serves book, audio, and video publishers located in the United States and around the world.
24. SelfPublishingReview.com: is an online magazine devoted to self-publishing: book reviews, publisher reviews, interviews, news, opinion, and how to’s.
25. PayPal.com: a fast, easy, and very popular way to send and receive money.
26. CIPblock.com: librarian and publisher Adrienne Bashista will create the CIP block for your books. Bashista’s goal is to provide quality CIP blocks to the independent publisher at a reasonable price while maintaining a high level of service and quality.
27. Shopify.com: the biggest, the easiest, and the best way to sell your books through your own online store. No design skills needed, and can easily be customized.