Here are the top self-publishing websites as identified in the 24th Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.
Alliance of Independent Authors Advice Center
The self-publishing ally for indie authors, this site hosts a free blog dedicated to publishing. Paid membership allows access to a personalized advisory team, a member-only forum, free author guides, and more. Membership has three tiers: $89/year, $119/year, and $149/year.
Cover Designer Directory
Cover Design Directory is where designers can list their work and writers can choose their next book cover. Writers can browse the directory and view designers’ work to see if they’re a good fit for their story. They also provide information and lessons on image licensing, working with designers, and how to get the cover design you want on a tight budget.
Through research, testing, and experimentation, Creativindie offers practical guidance for those who are looking to have a career in selling art or books, start freelancing, or create an online business. They provide writing and industry courses; blogs on subjects like budgeting, cover designs, and advertising; and a list of resources to build traffic, increase conversions, and more.
Indie Author Project
A publishing community that strives to connect authors and readers, IAP has partnered with public libraries, authors, curators, and readers to form a network for indie authors to have their work discovered. Their site also features free virtual programming, where authors and other professionals discuss topics from writer’s block to book marketing.The Indy Author: TheIndyAuthor.com*
The Indy Author
Hosted by Matty Dalrymple, The Indy Author is a respected resource for self-published authors. Best known for its longstanding “The Indy Author Podcast,” the website is home to a blog, other recommended resources, and tips for authors to start their own podcast in support of their self-publishing endeavors.
Putting all of your eggs in one sales basket is a risk, but there’s no understating how big a marketplace Amazon is for self-published authors. Dave Chesson, the Kindleprenuer, offers a plethora of free information and insights for formatting and marketing self-published books for online sale, especially, but not exclusively, through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.
While ScribeCount is a growing service, we think it has promise. It aims to help indie authors aggregate sales from platforms where they sell their books so more time can be spent writing instead of gathering data. Plus, the payment tiers for the service are based on how much you earn as an indie writer, starting at $0 per month and maxing out at $20/month.