While I am an “indie” author, it doesn’t mean I’m going it 100% alone! Besides the wonderful support from my sweetie and closest friends, I also work with a team of great folks as part of my publication process. As I firmly believe in acknowledging others efforts, this page is all about them!
Lauren is my editor extraordinaire who takes my stories and gives them the final spit and polish to make them shine. From pointing out minor inconsistencies that have slipped through my revisions to fixing my grammar and spelling snafus, she maintains my unique authorial voice while making it sound so much better with just a tweak here and there. I wouldn’t dream of publishing any of my novels without her giving them the final going over!
I met Kerry while struggling like crazy to even come up with a concept for Deviations. She took an off-the-cuff suggestion and came up with such an awesome design as a “quick idea” that I knew I had to hire her to do the actual cover. With a few tweaks, Deviations had a gorgeous cover, and I knew I’d be working with Kerry again for my future cover design needs! Seriously, go check out her website and enjoy drooling over her beautiful designs!
I also make use of several services, beyond the obvious ones like Amazon KDP and CreateSpace, that I wanted to highlight as being important parts of my author presence and publication process.
MailerLite handles all the backend parts of running my mailing list, from subscriber sign up to dealing with all the legal requirements regarding not being a spammer, identification requirements, and making it super easy for folks to get off my list if desired. With a slick, easy to use interface I can take my newsletters, format them, and get them sent out in a snap. If you’re looking for a mailing list provider, I’d recommend taking a good look at MailerLite. The service is free while you’re getting start (up to 1,000 subscribers with unlimited emails a month and automated sequences) and very reasonable monthly rates thereafter.
Though not a “writing” related service, Spreaker is the awesome host of my podcast, The Lackadaisical Writer! Not only do they host the episodes, but also make them available for me through iHeartRadio and can push up to other services like YouTube and SoundCloud. For me, the hosting is free because I am also on iHeartRadio, but they also have hosting plans starting for as little as $5 a month if you’re interested in podcasting and just getting started. Even if you aren’t interested in podcasting, I’d recommend checking them out as they have a nice podcast listening app and a great select of other podcasters you might enjoy exploring.
Ecwid is the host of my online store, making it possible for me to direct sell my print books to readers right through my site. It took me awhile to settle on an eCommerce provider, but I’m happy I went with Ecwid. Their store management interface is clean, modern, and easy to use and they handle all that messy stuff like auto calculating shipping and tax on orders! If you want to sell physical or digital goods online, I’d strongly recommend taking a look at Ecwid. A starting store is free for up to 10 products. Their first paid plan is only $15 a month, you can get a discount for paying a year at a time, and you can have 100 products with that one, more than enough for most folks needs.
Covervault is an awesome website and service run by Mark Monciardini that providers dozens, if not hundreds, of Photoshop templates for free and low cost. These templates are what I use to make many of my promo images showing my books in various positions and arrangements, versus trying to take actual pictures that would require special gear and a lot of time to make look as perfect.