This is my Angie's List (Pam's List?) for independent writers. It contains resources and services I've tried and recommend. If your experience differs from mine I take no responsibility. If it saves you time or money I will, of course, take full credit. If you know of something or someone that should be on this list please share your experience and send me a link via my contact page.
Where to Publish
For print on demand (POD) publishing
Create Space - Friendly user interface, formatting tips and templates, basically free, additional services for a fee, good looking books and covers that match pro standards
Lightning Source - Much less friendly user interface, basically free, cheaper for large volume or multiple items so good for publishers, good looking books, may be better with picture books than CS but this is anecdotal
For Digital eBooks
Smashwords - Friendly interface, free, helpful formatting guide, makes your books available for multiple eReaders, offers ability to create coupons so you can discount or give your book away for free (or use book cards)
Amazon Kindle & KDP - Friendly interface and helpful formatting tips. If you join KDP you must assign all rights to publish the eBook for 90 days but can then make use of 5 free days of promotion, which can take your book to the top of the free list for your genre and help generate sales.
Draft2Digital - They convert your book into various digital files and sell via numerous vendors, all at a percentage of cost. One of the best deals around.
Bookstores That Carry Indie Titles - Including Mine!
Books In Time - Silverton, Oregon
Earl E Books - Brookings, Oregon
Jacobsens - Hillsboro (No Longer in Business)
Jan's Paperbacks - Beaverton Oregon
Interstellar Overdrive - Vancouver, Washington
Vintage Books - Vancouver, Washington
Cover to Cover - Vancouver, Washington
Another Read Through - Portland, Oregon
Basin Booktrader - Klamath Falls, Oregon
Where to Sell Your Short Stories - Market Lists
Gila Queen http://gilaqueen.us/
Support Groups & People
who offer support to indie authors
Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA)
Bloggers who support indies with great advice
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Dean Wesley Smith
Book Production Resources
Free Music For Book Trailers
Free Use Photos (check attribution requirements)
Low Priced Photos (covers require 300dpi)
www.unsplash.com (free for commercial use)
Free Digital Photos
Public Domain Pictures
123RF Stock Photo
Formatting, Editors & Proofreaders
Jennifer Willis Jennifer's editing services include developmental, structural, and line editing as well as proofreading and copyediting. She has experience editing memoirs, academic papers, technical documents, and essays, but she specializes in fiction—sci-fi, urban fantasy, and paranormal are her favorites. Jennifer loves indies! She offers a 10-20% discount to members of the Northwest Independent Writers Association. (To visit Jennifer's website click her name in red at the beginning of this paragraph.)
Running Horse Author Services This is a formatting service I provide for authors. I am NOT taking on new clients at this time, but if you have a question feel free to send it via the contact page.