Our humble list of helpful resources.
Be sure to review this page often as we are constantly adding more links!
Automated Editing Services
Over the years, AutoCrit has developed and grown into a best-in-class platform for both novice and professional authors. You can now fine-tune your manuscript right down to individual words, with helpful guidance based on current trends in publishing, without ever risking losing your unique voice as a writer.
Reader Magnets, ARCs/Betas, and eBook Sales
Whether it’s delivering your reader magnet, sending out advanced copies of your book, handing out ebooks at a conference, or fulfilling your digital sales to readers, BookFunnel does it all. Just like you, we’re in the business of making readers happy. Let us help you build your author career, no matter where you are in your journey.
CALMING BACKGROUND MUSIC
Want to have something playing in the background to help you focus on writing, studying, or not screaming at the next rude caller while you work remote call center lines? Use this link to open a 12 hour long video that has no words, just calming sounds and music.
FIND MY AUDIENCE
This interactive website helps you learn more about your target audience. It's platform is YouTube, but even authors can gain insight into the niche marker for their book*!
*For authors looking to 'find their reader audience: choose "In-Market" and "Media & Entertainment" for the choices. This will bring up the "Books" subcategory.
HARO (HELP A REPORTER OUT)
Source of Journalists and 'Field Experts'
HARO connects journalists seeking expertise to include in their content with sources who have that expertise.
Authors can use this website to build your "rep" as an expert source. Then turn your journalist contacts into marketers for your books!
IN THE SKY .ORG
Real-Time data and maps of objects in space
In-The-Sky.org is an online guide to what you can see in the night sky, which automatically tailors its information to wherever you happen to live. Founded by Dominic Ford in 2012, it has grown to cover planets, asteroids, comets, and deep sky objects; as well as satellites in low-Earth orbit.
Sci-Fi authors will find this website extremely helpful to bring a bit of reality to your next fiction novel!
MY INDIE BOOKSHELF
Book Listing Site
What sets My Indie Bookshelf apart is that our database is fueled directly by authors who pour their hearts and souls into their creations. Every book is on an equal footing, with all books being displayed randomly, ensuring every gem gets a fair chance to shine, and our user-friendly filters make their books easy to find.
NORSE MYTHOLOGY FOR SMART PEOPLE
Ultimate Online Guide to Norse Mythology and Religion
My name is Daniel (or Dan) McCoy, and I'm the creator of this website and the writer of all of the articles here. I'm an independent scholar of the pre-Christian religion and mythology of the Norse and other Germanic peoples. Since I'm not an academic, my work is mainly geared toward presenting the findings of the academics in this field in accessible, engaging writing for a general audience. This site and my book "The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion" are the main fruits of this work to date.
PHYSICS STACK EXCHANGE
Are you an author trying to write about something scientific... but you are not a scientist? Here's a great resource for asking questions and getting real physicists to answer!
Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of physics.
Beta Reading Community
Scribophile is a respectful online writing workshop and writer's community. Writers of all skill levels join to improve each other's work with thoughtful critiques and by sharing their writing experience.
We're the writing group to join if you want to find beta readers, get the best feedback around, learn how to get published, and be a part of the friendliest and most successful writing workshop online.
Find reviewers. Increase sales. Build your email list. Together.
StoryOrigin is a cross-promotional marketing tool for authors - designed to help authors work together to build their email lists, increase sales/page reads, and get more reviews.
Directory of submitting contests, grants, etc.
A free marketplace for thousands of opportunities, creative calls, grants, fellowships, scholarships, residencies, contests, and more.
Over 2 million free high-resolution images brought to you by the world's most generous community of photographers. All photos can be downloaded and used for free. Commercial and non-commercial purposes. No permission needed (though attribution is appreciated).
WRITTEN WORDS FOR SOUNDS
Hmmm, can't figure out how to write out a common sound in your story's dialogue. Ahem! This is a helpful little blog page with a great list of 'sound' words.