Writing and self-publishing resourcesHelpful information and tips for writers and self-publishers
Our guide to self-publishing
Even if you decide that you’d like to take a more hands-on approach and do the production aspects of self-publishing yourself, we still have advice for you. The Guide to Self-publishing with Hourigan & Co. that we wrote for our clients gives you crucial information about what self-publishing services to choose and how to set up the accounts you’ll need.
We also have a selection of favorite books and blog posts for aspiring writers and independent authors.
- The blog post Starting from zero by David Gaughran gives a simple blueprint of the marketing process independent authors can expect to go through. His book Let’s Get Digital is also a must.
- Write. Publish. Repeat. by Platt and Truant offers another view of the writing and marketing process for independent authors.
- On Writing, by Stephen King, is our favorite book on writing fiction. We also recommend it for non-fiction writers, as King is a master not just of storytelling but of language.
- The Elements of Style by Strunk & White is the most digestible guide to writing style around: all writers should master and internalize its rules.
- Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing are also excellent and very short advice. Our favorite is the eleventh rule, which sums up the rest: “If it sounds like writing, rewrite it.”
Advice for writers
Hourigan & Co. editorial director Ben Hourigan is the author of two novels, Kiss Me, Genius Boy and My Generation’s Lament, available online anywhere that sells good books. On his personal site, benhourigan.com, he occasionally offers advice on writing discipline, useful software, and a range of related topics. Here are some of his most popular posts:
- Feel the boredom and write anyway: An introvert’s advice for the war of art
- Top applications for collaborative writing and commenting
- Should fictional characters be likeable?
- Markdown and distraction-free writing apps for authors
- Writing as your best self
- To a writer facing personal troubles
- Where’s the vanity in self-publishing?
- Six steps to help your friend promote their e-book