Online Tools for Self-Published Authors

Secrets of Self-Publishing by Marilyn McLeod

To publish your book at no cost (as I write this page):

CreateSpace (paperback)

Smashwords (digital)


Basic Social Media Marketing

I suggest you have the following ready:

  • the email account you'll use to sign in for all of your social media accounts
  • a friendly head shot
  • a full page bio
  • a one-sentence bio
  • be prepared to start a text document (like Word) to keep track of your new account login information

Keep a list of each account you set up, along with the password you used to create the account. Please use a different password than you use for your personal accounts, as you'll probably want others to manage some of these accounts for you.

The following are all available at no cost (as I write this page):

Amazon Author Page - add your blog feed from Blogger, WordPress or other rss feed

Gravatar - use a consistent email address on all social media accounts so your photo appears by comments (as available)

Blogger or WordPress- free blog software, ready to use

Twitter - join the conversation with like-minded people

LinkedIn - use this to manage connection with your professional network

YouTube - many people prefer to watch videos over reading text


Advanced Social Media Tools

Most of the following have a free trial version or are available at no charge:

Market Samurai - find your best keywords, let the software do your research

Domain Samurai - locate best domains for your keywords

Feedburner - manage your blog feeds

SocialOomph - preschedule and manage informational posts

Facebook - sign up for a Fan Page (the words in small plain type UNDER the big green 'Sign up' button that says "Create a Page for a celebrity, band or business." WAIT TO DO THIS UNTIL YOU KNOW YOUR BEST SEARCH TERMS!!!! Once you choose the title of your fan page you can't edit it.

To host your blog on your own server WordPress download



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