Long gone are the days of just vanity press, where going independent meant no one wanted to publish you. In these uncertain days, publishers are less likely to sign up an unknown author. However, with the advent of ebooks and POD (Print on Demand) services, New York publishing houses are no longer the only game in town.

There are plenty of books telling you how to become an Indie (independent publisher.) There are also plenty of blogs and websites that will tell you, too. Some of these are people wanting to sell you books and services and have written articles to show you they know their stuff. Always check them out before you sign or buy anything. There are plenty of sharks out there. Also, keep in mind that there are a dozen different ways to go Indie. That legit company might be offering you more or less services than you need. Learn all the options and pick the one that works best for you.

Below are some sites I've run across that have been useful. I will try to add to them. Authors are quite happy to share their knowledge because 1) it cuts down on having to answer the same question over and over, 2) Maybe you will like them and buy their book, or at least look at it, 3) they want you to succeed because successful Indie books make us all look good.

Indie Publishing

Publetariat: People Who Publish
Various authors share advice to those who want to go Indie

Alli Self-Publishing Advice Center
Alliance of Independent Authors advice blog

The Business Rusch Publishing Series
Kristine Kathryn Rusch's articles on the state of publishing with an emphasis on Indie publishing

The Subversive Copy Editor Blog
You will need an editor, even if you edit for a living. However, it's wise to edit your manuscript to the best of your abilities before giving it to an editor. Carol Saller has lots of useful advice for Indies.

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
Joe Konrath's blog with advice to Indie Publishing

Jade Varden Official Blog
Indie book reviews, writing help, self-publishing tips and more.

From turbotax


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association website on all the latest scams and sharks preying on naive writers

K.M. Weiland
Helping Writers Become Authors - also has podcasts (formerly Word Play)

Layout tips, self-editing, writing advice, self-promotion, etc. from Stef Mcdaid

Helping Writers Write It Right from Fiona Quinn who writes Romantic Suspense

Grammar Education Guide
From SuperSummary. A link page with enough grammar sites to make a Grammar Nazi swoon! (Thanks Isabel B. for the suggestion.)

Making the Stinkers Dance: Writing with Dyslexia
My blog post with advice to dyslexics who want to write. No, Dyslexic Writer is not an oxymoron. 

And Helpful Links for the Time Traveler

Just how much would a 1899 five cent cigar cost in 2353?

Time and Date
Find a calendar for any year whether 1851 or 2660.
(Don't go time traveling without them.)

My blog on links to helpful websites dealing with the Victorian Age.
These people made Wendell what he is today.