First let me say that this list is almost certainly incomplete; every month or so I meet or find out somebody doing something wonderful in the self-publishing space who I’d never heard of, and usually haven’t heard of me either! But I was asked to present on this for the Alliance of Independent Authors London meetup and I think it’s an interesting exercise to go over the people I look up to the self-publishing world.
Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) – https://selfpublishingadvice.org/ and for the podcasts https://selfpublishingadvice.org/ask-alli-podcast/
The ALLi blog and podcasts are a fantastic source of information and guidance, and can be accessed even if you aren’t an ALLi member.
20 Books to 50k – https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/
Mainly based around their Facebook Group and their conferences and run mainly by Michael Anderle and Craig Martelle, these guys are what I would call “industrial self-publishers”, more focused on production and marketing than quality. I would recommend both their group and their conference though.
Joanna Penn – The Creative Penn (Blog and Podcast) – https://www.thecreativepenn.com
Veteran UK fiction and non-fiction author, podcasting and blogging for years. The podcast is particularly good (The Creative Penn Podcast) – it’s mainly focused on writing and self-publishing topics.
Sterling and Stone (or the “self-publishing podcast guys”) – https://sterlingandstone.net/
Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant and Dave W. Wright – these guys are the author of Write, Publish, Repeat and creator of countless blog posts and podcasts on their process of self-publishing. They run the Smarter Artist Summit and now mainly run the Story Studio podcast.
Mark Dawson – Self-Publishing Formula – https://selfpublishingformula.com/
Mark Dawson is a UK-based successful thriller author and runs the Self-Publishing Formula blog and podcast. They have quite a well-regarded Self-Publishing 101 course and advertising course, and a successful podcast.
Sell More Books Show – Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen – http://sellmorebooksshow.com/
A great podcast that shares weekly self-publishing news.
The Passive Voice – long-term blog on self-publishing, traditional publishing and writing – http://www.thepassivevoice.com/
A long running blog on the self-publishing and traditional publishing.
Indies Unlimited – long running Indie Author blog – https://www.indiesunlimited.com
A long-running Indie author blog.
Joel FriedLander – https://www.thebookdesigner.com/
Book designer but blogs about general publishing matters
Jane Friedman – https://www.janefriedman.com/blog/
Advice on self-publishing from somebody with a strong background in traditional publishing.
Paul Teague – Self-Publishing Journeys Podcast – https://self-publishing-journeys.com/
Each week Paul does a diary podcast show where he goes through his week, and he also does a weekly interview with an author talking them through their journey.
David Gaughran – https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/
David Gaughran is an Irish author based in the Czech Republic who blogs about self-publishing, with particular focus on taking on the scammers and bad value suppliers. He’s author to the great self-publishing guides Let’s Get Digital and Strangers To Superfans: A Marketing Guide To The Readers’ Journey.
Steve Scott – http://www.stevescottsite.com
Steve Scott is a non-fiction author who has blogged and podcasting considerably about self-publishing. He keeps rebranding and stopping and starting his websites/podcasts making it hard to keep up with him but his advice is usually pretty good for non-fiction.
Lindsay Buroker – http://lindsayburoker.com/
Lindsay Buroker is a self-published author who often shares very good tips on self-publishing and marketing. She also runs the Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast
Helen Sedwick – http://helensedwick.com/blog/
Seemingly no longer actively blogging, she does have a wealth of advice on legal issues with regards to writing and self-publishing. Wrote Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook
Hawk and Cleaver – “Four independent authors and one imaginary hawk discovered the magic of the internet. ” – http://www.hawkandcleaver.com
While mainly podcasting fiction works, they do run the Story Studio podcast (soon to be renamed as the self-publishing guys have created a show under the same name). British based indie authors talking about self-publishing.
Dave Chesson – https://kindlepreneur.com
A great resource for self-publishers in terms of marketing and researching keywords.
K-Lytics – http://k-lytics.com/
Blog from a company that scans the Kindle store and researches which are the most competitive and least competitive categories on Amazon.
Tom Corson-Knowles – https://www.tckpublishing.com/
Someone from a non-fiction background who has been around a while, but still producing the regular Publishing Profits Podcast
Chandler Bolt – https://self-publishingschool.com/podcast/
Runs his self-publishing school service which I can’t comment on, but has the Self-Publishing School podcast. Self-publishing for non-fiction and from a marketing perspective.
Suggested by Charles Harris:
Randy Ingermanson https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/blog/
Author of the Snowflake method, and lots of good writing and publishing tips
Tim Grahl https://booklaunch.com/
I can’t believe I forgot Tim Grahl! I did remember his involvement in the Story Grid, but as that’s more writing related I forgot he has his own tips on self-published book promotion.
Of course the biggest omission was to mention my own podcast, Begin Self-Publishing which also contains a mass of resources as beginselfpublishing.com