Professional resources for writers.

Professional Resources for Writers

Writing is no longer a solitary business. We may have to do the writing itself within the cat-shared solitude of our imaginations, but if we hope to offer a professional product to the world, we’re eventually going to need help.I’m frequently asked to recommend editors, proofreaders, and other industry professionals. Today, I’d like to present a list of my go-to resources for writers. Unless noted otherwise, these are all folks with whom I’ve worked personally and whose services I highly recommend. Whether you’re wanting to publish traditionally or independently, chances are these talented people will be able to help you achieve your goals.

Editing

Linda Yezak: Linda has been my critique partner since before my second novel’s publication. I’m lucky enough to get to take advantage of her services for free (and in exchange for not administering my long-range shotgun whenever she gets on my case for overusing “that”), but she edits professionally, formerly for Port Yonder Press and now as a freelancer. She’s as tough as they come, but also a constant source of encouragement.

Research and Fact-Checking

Chuck Davis: Despite our best efforts to research our novel’s subject matter, sometimes we just need to call in an expert. Chuck offers a wide range of services, including editing and proofreading, and I can personally recommend his research and fact-checking skills.

E-Book Conversion

Bookaholic: Converting your ebook to meet Smashwords’ requirements can be a nightmare. I use this $5-10 gig on Fiverr to get professional results every time. Customer service is fabulous, quality is great, and turnaround time very quick. Highly recommended.

Kindle Tools

Amazon Book Description Generator From KindlepreneurThis is a super spiffy (and free) tool from the awesome Dave Chesson, which allows you to easily and professionally format your book description’s appearance on Amazon.

Book Cover Design

Damonza: Prompt, helpful, and friendly. They offer a portfolio of superb work at extremely reasonable prices and  a fast turnaround. They’re quickly becoming an industry leader among e-book covers, and they have designed all of my recent covers. They’re my go-to for great book covers.

99DesignsThis is an excellent resource that offers all kinds of professional design options, spanning the gamut from book covers to logo designs (which I’ve used with great results) to website design and more. After you commission a design, designers will compete with their best designs to win your purchase. Lots of fun too!

IndieCoverDesignRun by my one-time blogging partner and overall splendid lady Lynnette Bonner (romance author in her own right), this site offers quality cover design (as well as interior design for both print and e-books) for incredibly reasonable prices.

Dominick Finelle: Dominick, via The July Group, creates beautiful cover work, based on his own original photography. You’ll pay a pretty penny for his work, but this is high-end professionalism for one of the most important aspects of your marketing.

DogEared Design: I have yet to work with Kirk DouPonce, but I love his work. He’s a great guy, easy to converse with, and willing to negotiate with independent authors on price.

Canva: If you want to DIY, Canva is a simple, drag-and-drop design site that is free to use (although some of the images and designs will cost you a nominal fee). I use it all the time to create pinnable blog-post images.

Book Trailer Design

Weng the MengI used this Fiverr gig for Storming‘s trailer. Weng does basic but extremely effective and very reasonably priced book trailers. He’s great to work with and goes above and beyond.

Circle of Seven: Book trailers are still finding their stride as both an artform and a successful marketing tool. Circle of Seven offers a number of packages. Their services include writing the script, offering an appropriate music selection (with the option of an upgrade to a larger catalog), and selecting distribution options. They are professional and easy to work with.

Map Creation

Joanna Marie: Joanna did a fabulous job on the maps for Behold the Dawnthe extras in Dreamlander, and the illustrations in Storming. Her work is lovely, extremely reasonably priced, and she’s a joy to work with.

I’ve been extremely happy with my interactions with all of these wonderful people. If you’re in the market for any of the services they provide, be sure to drop by their sites and look around.

Tell me your opinion: What professional resource are you currently hunting for?

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K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website.

Comments

  1. I really like this article. I’m personally trying to find an illustrator that can do some sketches for my cowboy poem…which is really a story in verse. The only thing is, I need someone who’s willing to work on the cheap with a promise of a share of the profits should my book become successful. Do you know such a person?

  2. I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head. But I’ll tweet a shout out about it. Maybe someone else will be able to help.

  3. Just one more reason I mention your blog as a valuable author’s resource.

  4. Thanks, Rich! Glad the post was useful to you.

  5. Hi KM

    I just wanted to say thanks for the referral. It’s very much appreciated!

    Take care
    Damon (from Damonza.com)

  6. My pleasure! Your company does great work on both its covers and its trailers.

  7. Great resources, thanks. It’s always helpful to have personal recommendations when the Internet is full of unfamiliar options.

  8. I agree. Nothing is more overwhelming than trying to find reliable professionals when you have no real measure of who’s reliable. The Internet is full of people who aren’t as qualified as they’d like to make us think.

  9. I noticed that book reviews were entirely over priced and the quality was not there, so I created this site. We have Book Reviewers waiting to read your unpublished and newly published books! http://www.review-worm.com

    I also create Book covers and websites through http://www.sbsolutionsfrisco.com You mentioned your friend, Paul didn’t have a website, If I can help anyone, Im happy to do so.

  10. Thanks for sharing, Javonna! I’m sure others will find these resources helpful.

  11. Thanks for the recommendations. Your website is a wealth of information!

  12. Glad to be of help!

  13. I need a published children’s book author who can coach and critique on picture books and middle grade novels. Or even an agent’s ear for 1/2 hour to get some guidance. Unfortunately, my funds are limited. A the moment, I rely on free critique groups, not children’s book genres. Some comments are helpful, but I really need assistance from within my own genre.

  14. Children’s books are outside my expertise, but I can’t imagine there aren’t critique forums dedicated specifically to the genre. As for gaining a mentorship with a published author or a consultation with an agent, both of those will depend quite a bit on fortuitous meetings. Most published authors are too busy with their own projects to take on intensive mentoring, and most agents work only with authors whom they’ve signed.

  15. You are indeed a blessing. Thanks for sharing these very useful information and resources. So glad to have you in my corner.

  16. My pleasure! I hope you find some useful “go-to” people of your own here.

  17. Do you have any recommendations on how to get a serious poet’s work discovered. We have been struggling to find any literary agents that take on poetry. Thanks in advance!

  18. Hello Katie,

    As a struggling new author, your website and books are awesome and helpful. I thank you for your insight. So far, I am a pantser, however, most of my life I have performed best with structure. My first WIP has more than 26,000 words but I am stuck in more than one part, the middle and the end. I was doing fine until I started going to conferences and became so unsure and overwhelmed with my ability to write good novels. So many opinions and formulaic rules that it stifled my free writing. That said, which of your classes would you recommend I start taking to improve my writing skills. I have your books about outlining and structuring and have read them more than once, but I need a refresher and thought classes would provide me with the structure I need and help me significantly.

    I appreciate your opinion.

    Jan

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      Thanks, Jan! I’m so glad you’ve found the site and the books useful. At the moment, the only class that’s available is my Outlining Your Novel Workshop through Writer’s Digest University (which I wrote and is obviously based on my book, but which I don’t personally teach). I will also be tentatively teaching a free (if you’re a member of ACFW) webinar on outlining this fall.

      • Hi Katie, hope you had a great Easter. I want to thank you for mentioning ACFW. I have been searching for a Christian website for writers and I feel like I have found a home in ACFW. I joined today. Thanks again for your wisdom.

        Jan

  19. Hi! Great website and list of resources. I need someone to create website and social media banners and graphics. Do you know anyone good?

  20. Hi! Both of the editors you mentioned aren’t accepting new clients. Do you know of someone who is, that you can highly recommend? Thanks so much!

  21. What are you working on? I’m in an editor’s group and may be able to recommend someone depending on your project.

  22. I’m a Speculative Fiction writer seeking an agent. Any good resources for that?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      The best place to start hunting for an agent is in the most recent issue of Writer’s Market: http://amzn.to/1Hc0dVw

      • Yeah, if I could afford that, I wouldn’t be trawling the internet for free sources. The “starving artist” trope exists for a very good reason. [Yes, I know it’s on special. I literally do not have the money to spare] Thanks anyway.

  23. Hi K.M.! If I may, I’d like to introduce https://www.christianproofreaders.com/ as an affordable resource for authors of clean or Christian fiction. First-time clients currently receive 50% off proofreading. I also offer free sample proofreading.

    Thanks for considering me, and God bless!

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