Resources for Authors

I've compiled a list of resources for authors.  This list includes publishing tools, book blog directories, blog tour and PR companies, and printers of custom promotional items.

For more information on publishing and book marketing, check out my guides the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing and the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing.

ACX (Audiobook Creation)
Amazon (Top Book Retailer)
Amazon KDP (Kindle Publishing)
Apple iBooks (Book Publishing, Book Retailer) *get cash back with Ebates.
Author Central (Amazon Author and Book Pages) US, UK, DE, FR, JP.
Author’s Republic (Audiobook Publisher)
Babelcube (Translations and Translators)
Barnes & Noble (Book Retailer) *get cash back with Ebates.
Bewitching Book Tours (Blog Tours, Custom Book Swag)
BISAC (BISAC Book Subject Codes)
Blogger/Blogspot (Blogging)
BookFunnel (ARC/Book Distribution and Support)
BookRaid (Bargain Book Promotion)
BlueHost (web host) *get cash back with Ebates.
Blogger List, The (Directory of Book Blogs)
Blog Nation (Directory of Book Blogs) 
Book Blogger Directory (Directory of Book Blogs)
BookBub (Price Promotions)
Book Depository, The (Book Retailer, Free Worldwide Shipping) *get cash back with Ebates.
Book Funnel (ARC, Book Distribution)
Bowker (Barcodes, ISBNs)
Buffer (Social Media Analytics, Social Media Management Tool)
Canva (Graphics Design Tool)
Christine Ryan (Editor)
Creative Market (Fonts, Stock Photos, Vector Images, Blog and Website Templates)
Creative Market Ereader Mockups (I get asked for these a lot! Just insert book cover image.)
Createspace (Print on Demand)
Crowdfire (Social Media Analytics)
DaFont (Fonts)
DepositPhotos (Stock Photos, Vector Images)
Draft2Digital (Publishing Tool, Ebook Conversion Tool, Distributor)
DreamHost (web host)
Ebates (Sign up to get cash back on purchases from Vistaprint, Etsy, National Pen, and more.)
Etsy (Custom Swag, Blog Templates) *Get cash back with Ebates.
Facebook (Social Media Site)
Font Squirrel (Commercial Fonts)
From the Shadows (Blog, Q+A, Guest Posts, NO REVIEWS)
Gleam (Giveaway Form Tool)
Go Daddy (domain name) *get cash back with Ebates.
Goodreads (Book Social Site)
Google AdWords (Ads, Keyword Planner Tool)
Google Plus (Social Media Site)
GotPrint (Business Cards, Promotional Items)
Grammarly (Free Writing App, Free Online Editing Tool, Grammar Checker)
Hootesuite (Social Media Analytics, Social Media Management Tool)
HostGator (web host) *get cash back with Ebates.
Indie Book Reviewer (Directory of Book Blogs)
IngramSpark (Print on Demand)
InkSlinger PR (Blog Tours, Author Services, PR)
Instagram (Social Media Site)
iStockPhoto (Stock Photos, Vector Images)
KidLitosphere Bloggers (Directory of Book Blogs)
Kindle Boards / Kboards (Kindle Forums and Writer's Cafe Forum)
Klout (Social Media Influence)
Kobo (Publisher, Book Retailer) *get cash back with Ebates.
LinkedIn (Social Media Site)
MailChimp (Mailing List Tool, Email Marketing, Newsletter Tool)
Moo (Business Cards, Stickers) *get cash back with Ebates.
National Pen (Custom Pens and Swag) *get cash back with Ebates.
NetGalley (ARC/Book Distributor for Review)
NOOK Press / Formerly PubIt (Barnes & Noble Nook Publishing)
Parajunkee Design (Blog Design, Cover Design)
PhatPuppy Art Studios (Cover Design)
Pinterest (Social Media Site)
Print Runner (Custom Printing)
Pump Up Your Book! (Virtual Book Tours, PR, Author Services)
PureTextuality PR (Blog Tours, PR, Author Services)
Rafflecopter (Giveaway Form Tool)
Smashwords (Publishing Tool, Ebook Conversion Tool, Distributor, Book Retailer)
Sprout Social (Social Media Analytics)
Square Reader (Credit Card Reader and Processing)
Stencil (Graphics Design Tool, Make Headers, Quotes, and Avatars)
TinyPrints (Business Cards, Custom Labels, Stickers, Notepads) *get cash back with Ebates.
Tweetdeck (Social Media Management Tool)
Twitter (Social Media Site)
U.S. Copyright Office (Copyright Registration)
VistaPrint (Business Cards, Signs, Promotional Items) *get cash back with Ebates.
Wisestamp (Email Signature Generator)
Woorise (Giveaway Form Tool)
WordPress Free (Blog)
WordPress Self-Hosted (Blog)
Xpresso Tours (Blog Tours, Author Services)
YA Book Blog Directory (Directory of Book Blogs)
YouTube (Social Media Site)
ZippySig (Email Signature Generator)

Want to improve book sales?  Check out the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing by E.J. Stevens.

Want to self-publish a bestseller?  Check out the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Self-Publishing by E.J. Stevens.

Note that affiliate links, in which I receive a commission, may be used in the above list.