In today’s world with information so readily available, there is really no reason to not know something. You can simply Google whatever it is you are looking for and find some article or video tutorial! That being said, not everything is good quality. I have spent several years reading articles, books, and watching videos that helped me through the process. Here are the resources I found most helpful and I recommend to others!
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The Book: Essential Guide to Publishing for Children. This book is so incredibly helpful! It talks about illustrating, self-publishing, editing, and has a list of publishers, editors, and literary agents.
- Writers Digest. Writers Market: The Most Trusted Guide To Getting Published. Another really helpful resource! It even talks about how to query agents.
- Gabriela Pereira, DIY MFA. You don’t have to get a degree in English or Journalism to write a book. This book tells you everything you need to know about starting and finishing your writing project.
- Tim Grahl offers a lot of really helpful tools and resources about book launches. He has helped launch NY Times bestselling books, and on his podcast he shares his proven strategies.
- The Creative Penn is a similarly helpful podcast and resource! It interviews authors and shares their tips for success.
- One channel I follow is called Project Life Mastery and focuses on how to be a self-publishing success on Amazon. Here is a helpful video about mistakes people make with Amazon. Browse through his other videos for more helpful content on Amazon self-publishing.
- If you are struggling with insecurity about your book or writing, I found this TED Talk to be encouraging and gave me a game plan for building my own creative confidence one step at a time.
- Ever wonder how to design a book cover? This TED Talk is really insightful for the design process!