That said, there are lots of great resources out in the interwebs for newbie writers like me and I mention some of my favourites on my website. Apparently you don't count as a seasoned writer until you hit 1,000,000 published words - I'm currently on about 710,000 so another couple of books for me before I'm an old pro (hmm, that doesn't sound right, does it??).
It's no secret that I love Smashwords and I think that its founder Mark Coker (or St Mark as I like to call him) is very generous. He offers three free ebooks for aspiring indie authors (some of these are available in other languages):
- Smashwords Style Guide: The Smashwords Style Guide has helped thousands of authors produce and publish high-quality ebooks. This free guide offers simple step-by-step instructions to create, format and publish an ebook. It's required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel.
- Smashwords Book Marketing Guide: This free book marketing primer provides authors easy-to-implement advice on how to market their books at Smashwords and elsewhere. It starts with an overview of how Smashwords helps promote your book, and then provides 30 simple do-it-yourself marketing tips. The book is useful to all authors, even those who don't yet publish on Smashwords.
- The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success: The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success reveals the best practices of the most commercially successful self-published ebook authors. This ebook is a must-read for every writer, author, publisher and literary agent. Learn over 25 best-practices you can implement today at no cost. These secrets will help you become a more professional, more successful writer and publisher. Share the secrets!