EXTRAS

OH, THE BANE OF MARKETING

Market your book: The Creative Penn
Make a slide show presentation: SlideShare.com
Get help promoting your book by joining Author Marketing Club.
Content marketing and creating awesome headlines: copyblogger
Seated at the Writer's Table podcast with Russell Novelty of Wannabe Press: Social Media Marketing to Promote Your Writing
How to Combat Digital Pirates with Blasty
Free Online ISBN Barcode Generator by Creatindiecovers
Run Giveaways & Sweepstakes Promotions via Rafflecopter
On Changing Book Titles and Covers by Joanna Penn
Sneak Peeks, Advanced Access, and Special Giveaways at Instafreebie
Analyze and identify fake reviews at Fakespot.com
Promotions offered by The Fussy Librarian


OH, THE EQUAL BANE OF FORMATTING

Tired of Amazon's Look Inside Previewer like me? Booknook.biz
Other formatting services to explore (at your own risk): Polgarus Studio and Ebook Pioneers
Formatting Software: Vellum (Mac only), Reedsy, and Kindle Create


AUTHOR STUFF

Watch a video by yourself: Susan Cain's TED talk on The Power of Introverts
Create a word cloud from any text at TagCrowd
Get inspired by Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again by Charles Chu
Tax Tips for Writers by NWU
99 Deductions for Authors
TurboTax Tax Tips: A Tax Cheat Sheet for Kindle eBook Self-Publishing
A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing, and Traditional Publishing by The Passive Voice
ISBNs through Bowker Identifier Services
Free ISBN Barcode Generator by Bookow


RESEARCHING WEIRD STUFF

Dictionary of Gamer Slang & Jargon: Savagepedia
Make yourself some whipped body butter: Holistic Squid
Motorcycle Club and Riding Club Education
Ex Thief & Chop-Shop Operator on Reddit
Biker Slang & Jargon: Cagers and Ape Hangers
Motorcycle SQUID slang: Motorbike License
Fortune Cookie Fortunes by Josh Madison
Narcissism Decoded: 11 Things NOT to do with Narcissists
Chakra Anatomy: Aura Colors
Energy Muse: Discover the Healing Power of Gemstones
Children of Hoarders: Awareness, Understanding, and Support
Psychiatric Times: The Hidden Lives of Children of Hoarders
Betta Fish Diseases by bettatalk.com
Relationship Coach for Men - Coach Corey Wayne
Iris Bulbs and Plants at Schreiner's Iris Gardens


DESIGN STUFF

Free Google Fonts
Myfonts.com
Book Cover Design from The Creative Penn
7 Must Have Qualities for a Book Cover That Sells by Derek Murphy
Book Cover Design by Joshua Jadon
Create a design contest with 99Designs.com
Three Things...About Book Cover Design by Jeff Goins
Book Cover Templates by Canva.com


WRITING HELP

Twenty Master Plot and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias
Fiction Notes/Believe in Your Story by Darcy Pattison
Interview your characters with the Proust Questionnaire
K.M. Weiland's Program Tour of the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - Write 50,000 words in November
Plot Spinner at PatriciaSimpson.com
The Better Novel Project - Master Outline
A Conversation with My Copyeditor by Edan Lupucki (Scroll for her four rules for commas!)
Romance Themes by Kara Lennox
Accountability for Writing, Editing, Prepping, and Publishing - 85K90.com
November = National Novel Writing Month
Chase Editing by Chase Nottingham
A master list of facial expressions by Bryn Donovan
Fantasy World building Questions by Patricia Wrede on SFWA


ART FUN!

Inktober - 31 days in October = 31 drawings
Cloth Paper Scissors magazine
Illustration Friday - A place for weekly art challenges
The doodle king, Jim Bradshaw!
Art, Illustration, and Drawing for All by Doodle Addicts
Finding Light in the Darkness by Michael Nyers - Blackout Poetry and Art
Word-a-day Art Challenges (#tinkersketch) at TinkerLab
Greeting Card Layout Design - Create with Seongsook


BOOKS IN GENERAL - READING

Find a Free Little Library in your neighborhood!
Subscribe for a free email alerts on free ebooks or bargains at FreebooksyBargainbooksyBookBubBookSends, and BookGorilla.
Need help choosing a book from your pile? Get inspired by a reading challenge.
CoverSpy - Book spies hit the streets on NY and report on who's reading what.


ANNUAL WRITING CONTESTS

Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart Contest - Due early January
Pacific Northwest Writing Association (PNWA) Literary Contest - Due mid March
Young Adult Romance Writers of America (YARWA) Rosemary Contest - Due late March
Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Due mid February
Forward Indies Award by Forward Reviews - Due for early bird fee by late June
Chanticleer Writing Contests by Chanticleer Book Reviews - Various awards and due dates


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