“Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.”

 – Ernest Hemingway 


As a seasoned Indie author, I get asked a slew of questions in regards to how to publish on various platforms,  craft, style, and so on. I’ve decided to compile a page to point you lovelies in the right direction. It’s tough and mind-boggling when you have a story you want to get out there but you don’t know where to start. I get it. I felt it. I lived it. I breathed it. I also set out on a journey to learn everything I could about the process. Now, I’m going to point you down that same path, but with blinders on. I didn’t have blinders. Some of the information I stumbled upon was bogus.


So, you’ve got a story you think rocks. You’ve passed a few copies to people willing to read and give you helpful feedback. You’ve had it professionally edited. You’re totally ready to hit publish on that puppy. How? What next? Where do you start? Google brings up LOADS of sites and how-to’s, but the sight of them all leaves your head swimming.

Have no fear. You’re in the right place!

Here are a few places to start. There’s a wealth of information at each of these:

Creative Penn

There are classes offered here, books on writing and marketing, podcasts, and pretty much everything you could think of. Also, at the time of this posting Successful Self-Publishing is free in ebook form. If you’re looking for a breakdown in plain terms, this is the book for you.

Fiction Author Coach

Ran by my friend, Heather Hildenbrand, this is one kickass site. If you feel the need to hire a coach to walk you through things, Heather is knowledgeable and super nice.

Here are a few things I love. They’ve helped me create my own stories.

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression

This is by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. I use it so frequently. It’s a fantastic resource to have at your desk. In fact, you should check all of their writer novels out. They’ve crafted a truly fantastic series.

In fact, check out their whole series! I own them all!

I also really enjoyed this series on craft improvement by Marcy Kennedy

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft

Steven King. Need I say more?

Big Magic

This is by the talented Elizabeth Gilbert. So inspiring. This is a must-read!

Best of luck on your journey to publication!