Useful Links for the Authors
eBooks2go have put together a list of Useful Links for the Indie Authors, who want to explore and connect to their peers, friends and people with similar interests.
Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. It has more than 6,500,000 members who have added more than 220,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in December 2006.
Shelfari introduces readers to the global community of book lovers and encourages them to share their literary inclinations and passions with peers, friends, and total strangers (for now). Shelfari is a gathering place for authors, aspiring authors, publishers, and readers, and has many tools and features to help these groups connect with each other in a fun and engaging way.
The Author Page on Amazon.com provides a handy place for customers to learn about you. Helping customers get to know you is an effective way to introduce them toâ€”or better educate them aboutâ€”your books. On the Author Page, we display essential information about authorsâ€”including bibliographies, biographies, author photos, and even feeds to blog posts.
AuthorsDen’s mission is to bring together the world’s Authors and Readers making the discovery and purchase of content useful, direct and personal.
Bring your blog to Facebook, and Facebook to your blog. Supports multiple blogs, RSS and ATOM feeds, and fan/business pages. The best to import your feed. Get your blog networked with the largest blogger community on Facebook.
WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.
Blogger is a blog–publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. Up until May 1, 2010 Blogger allowed users to publish blogs on other hosts, via FTP. All such blogs had (or still have) to be moved to Google’s own servers, with domains other than blogspot.com allowed via Custom URLs.
Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade, a newsletter is being published since June 2005, it provides booksellers and librarians the information they need to sell and lend books. It appears every business day and is read by people throughout the book industry.
Gather is a place to connect with people who share your passions. Let your unique voice shine through the articles, images, reviews, or audio you publish. We’ll even compensate you with Gather PointsTM. Rewarded for something you’d do for free — now that’s a pretty good deal.
Social networking for writers, musicians and artists. Part of the Burry Man Writers Center.
Writing portfolios, reviews, forums, contests and more. Share your writing in our creative writing community and get honest feedback on your writing.
It is a writer’s online resource. Writers can connect, share and display their work with other writers.
Your place to read, write and network free literature on the internet: community including forums, groups and writing contests. Create your own ebook..
WritingRoom.com- Learn All About The Premier Online Writer’s Community. They also have experts that write informative articles. Also allows you to create and post your writing.
It is by far the most active online community for writers, agents, editors, and publishers. This is the place where professional writers come and discuss the business of writing and publishing books editors, agents, printing/publishing options, and even wordcrafting.
It offers conversation of consistently excellent quality, and the networking opportunities benefit greatly from the surrounding context of Ecademy, another one of the largest business networking sites. Ecademy also offers free blogging and article posting, so it’s an excellent place to demonstrate your writing skills and create some visibility for what you’re doing.
It is a stylish, well-maintained hub site for authors, offering over 40 different forums, publishing news, reviews, and interviews with writers. The focus here is on stories, essays, poetry, and other short fiction.
It is a sister site of Lit.org, offers 20 or so very active forums on topics including various genres, critique forums, resources for writers, markets and contests, and writing challenges.
It is one of the longest-running online communities for authors, with over 50 writers’ discussion and critique forums, “covering both fiction and non-fiction with topics ranging from poetry to politics, and almost everything in between.” The articles and reviews appear not to have been updated in a while, but the forums themselves are extremely active. They also offer a free small web site for members.
Self-Publishing Yahoo Group is co-sponsored by Small Publishers Association of America (SPAN), and is one of the most active communities for authors. Currently monthly volume is over 30 messages a day. Even if you’re not self-publishing, the discussion here about the book business and general, and more specifically about book marketing, is invaluable.
Internet-Authors Yahoo Group is a discussion group for authors, both self-published or traditionally published, to share ideas about marketing their books (print or e-books) on the Internet.
Booksigners Yahoo Group offers information and discussion about book signings for authors. This is the place to learn how to maximize the effectiveness of your in-person marketing efforts.
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Top Links for Indie Authors