5 People Every Indie Author Should Be Learning From

Want to be an independent author?  Here are five people whose valuable insight you can’t afford to miss:

K.M. Weiland at Helping Writers Become Authors

The most comprehensive breakdown of character arcs and story structure I’ve ever seen available for free on-line.  She updates regularly with posts to help writers improve their craft.

Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

You can’t read anything by Joanna Penn and not get excited about becoming an author entrepreneur.  She’s upbeat and inspiring, and she has the business know-how to teach writers how to take control of their careers.

Derek Murphy at CreativIndie

From cover design to interior layout, editing to marketing—Derek does it all and doesn’t sugarcoat it.  He’s done everything and tried everything and is constantly implementing new ideas to tell you what works and what doesn’t and why.  An indispensable resource for any independent author.  But be warned: reading him is like a jolt of coffee in the morning—you’ll suddenly have the urge to do a thousand things at once.

Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Not as frinetic as Joanna Penn and Derek Murphy, but with great technical information.  If you want to learn the details of book design or you’re ready to start publishing more than just your own books, this is the place to go.  He also runs a monthly eBook cover design contest and usually gives feedback on the entries, so you can learn what works—and doesn’t work—before making your own.

Nick Stephenson at Your First 10,000 Readers

When it’s time to start thinking about marketing, Nick has your back.  He offers an incredibly vast assortment of high-quality, incredibly detailed training and regularly showers his mailing list with great tips for free.  He knows exactly what works and why it works and goes out of his way to provide the most comprehensive book-marketing tutorials I’ve ever seen.

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