We have put together a series of short guidebooks that will take you through some of the critical areas that authors need master in order to do well in the modern marketplace. From guides to editing to simple introductions to some of the most powerful ways to advertise your books, there is something for everyone. And they are all completely free.
A mailing list is the most powerful marketing tool that any creative professional has at his or her disposal. In this short guide, you will learn how to leverage the immense power of simple and cost effective Facebook Ads to add readers to your list.
There are plenty of advertising options for savvy authors who want to build their publishing careers. Amazon Marketing Services ads might have the most potential. They enable authors to reach readers looking to buy books on the world’s biggest online retailer. And, unlike other platforms, those readers are already looking to buy and can do so with just one click.
Also includes a free instructional video masterclass!
Editor Elizabeth Bailey and bestselling author Mark Dawson bring you the qualities necessary to turn your book into an addictive reading experience that your fans will love. From keeping your story simple to staying in the character’s head, Elizabeth and Mark will take you through the essential steps to creating propulsive and entertaining fiction.
Also includes an additional book: ‘Musings From the Writer’s Desk’!
Instagram is now one of the most recognisable social media channels out there and given its emphasis on images and video, it’s easy to see how indie authors might use it as part of their book marketing approach. But where to start? This book walks you through the basics and introduces you to key tips and tactics to help you build your audience – and sell more books!
Jenny McIntyre and Mark Dawson set out the critical benefits of a good editor. With her vast experience editing books from writers at all levels of experience, McIntyre will guide you through the process. Crucially, you will learn how to be a good client for an editor and how you can get the very best out of the experience.
A lot goes into producing a book. The team at SPF have come up with a fantastic resource to help writers connect with creatives and other professional folk – from editors to website builders and cover designers – to help get their books published and ready for sale. All listed professionals are recommended by other writers in the Facebook SPF Community.
Bestselling romance author Serenity Woods brings you Ten Tips for Topping the Romance Charts. If you are just starting out in the genre, or you’ve been at it for a while and would like a refresher in what works (and what doesn’t), this entertaining free guide will get you on the right track.
We’ve been podcasting for over a year and, in that time, we’ve interviewed dozens of authors and professionals. The SPF Vault contains searchable transcripts of the first fifty episodes of the show, and is stuffed with valuable tips and strategies that will help you to sell more books.
It’s especially useful to know about specific tools and partner services that are going to help you as you move forward with your career. On this page, we’ve gathered links to tried and tested resources that we regularly use ourselves and can wholeheartedly recommend to others. Click on the links below to take you to the individual providers. We’ll be adding to this list as and when new resources have been road tested and approved.
Leadpages is a fantastic tool for collecting leads and subscribers from landing pages, pop-up forms, social media and email. It comes with lots of great templates that are easy to customise, enabling you to create professional-looking lead magnet forms and landing pages. We use it every day! Find out more and sign up.
Bluehost is one of the largest and most trusted web hosting providers out there, powering in excess of 2 million websites. It’s also the number #1 recommended web hosting resource by WordPress.org and for good reason. The service is super-tuned to work well with WordPress sites (like ours) – that also make excellent author websites. Find out more and sign up.
A natural partner for a Bluehost account, Studiopress produce a wide variety of beautiful and rock-solid WordPress themes. We use one of their themes as the basis for this very site. If you’re intent on using WordPress to create your author website, this is a great place to start – and maybe end – your search for that killer template that’s going to make your site sing. Find out more and sign up.
Vellum‘s ebook formatting app will allow you to create exquisite versions of your book for a wide variety of online stores. There are a whole host of style options to choose from with the result that, whatever design option you go for, your book will look amazing wherever it’s viewed. Please note that Vellum is currently only available for Mac. Find out more and sign up.
Convertkit is an email marketing service that has been designed by bloggers for bloggers – but not exclusively! Anyone involved in a content-driven business will make good use of this very precise and powerful tool that has gotten rave reviews and many fans since its launch in 2014. We’ve negotiated a fantastic deal for the SPF community: a 30-DAY FREE TRIAL of Convertkit. Just click on ‘View’ below to find out more.
Reedsy is a vibrant marketplace of professional editors, designers and marketers who can assist authors and publishers through every stage of the publishing process. The people that work under the Reedsy umbrella are thoroughly vetted to ensure efficient collaboration and industry leading work. Use this link to receive $20 OFF the price of your first Reedsy collaboration.
Exceptional writing depends on much more than just correct grammar. You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. ProWritingAid helps you find the best way to express your ideas.
Wix is a well-established and easy to use website builder, ideal for those looking to create a smart, professional author site without the need for a knowledge of code or third-party help.
Online service Grammarly will help ensure your copy is well written and makes perfect sense. Think of it as a tool to polish your writing to make it the best it can be.