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Self-Publishing Resources

by Ron Kurtus (revised 15 September 2015)

The following books and websites are resources on independent and self-publishing.


About self-publishing

Self-Publishing in the new millenium - Articles

Self Publishing Secrets - Good tips on writing, self-publishing, promoting and selling your book or ebook on the Web

New Self-Publisher’s FAQ - Articles from Creative Minds Press

Self-publishing business

How to Start a Self Publishing Company - Basic steps from

Self-Publishing for Profit - Good overview from


The Book Designer - Many articles

Book Cover Maker - Free templates from


Free eBook Reader Software - Good listing

Online File Format Conversion - Including MOBI to LIT from Convert.File

Free Online ePub Converter - Converts files to EPUB format

eBook Mall - Can buy or sell e-books

Self-publishing blogs

Author Marketing Experts blog

Publishing Basics

ePublishing applications

Calibre eBook Management - Download from Calibre site

Calibre overview - Wikipedia

Review of Calibre - CNET

Online magazines

Independent Publisher - Voice of Independent Publishing Industry - Articles for authors and self-publishers


Independent Book Publishers Association (IPBA)

Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN)

SPAN Professional - Premium content for professional members of SPAN

POD companies

CreateSpace - Owned by

IngramSpark - Part of Lightning Source


Self-publishing companies



The Fine Print of Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know About the Costs, Contracts, and Process of Self-Publishing by Mark Levine; Bascom Hill Publishing Group (2011)

Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book by Dan Poynter; Para Publishing; 16th Edition (2007) - Considered the bible on self-publishing and recommended by many in the self-publishing industry

Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book by Dan Poynter; Para Publishing (2009) - Describes how to use new techniques to write faster, new technology to publish for less, and social media for promotion.

Start Your Own Self-Publishing Business by Entrepreneur Press (2007) - Part of Entrepreneur Magazine's Start-Up Series that covers evaluating book ideas, developing an effective marketing plan, getting books reviewed, and finding sales channels

How To Start And Run A Small Book Publishing Company: A Small Business Guide To Self-Publishing And Independent Publishing by Peter I. Hupalo; 0967162432 HCM Publishing (2002) - Teaches business aspects involved in operating a small book publishing company

The Publishing Game: Publish a Book in 30 Days by Fern Reiss; Peanut Butter and Jelly Press (2003)

Top-rated books on Self-Publishing


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