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The BookWorks resources page is a curated listing of all the best tool and resources that the pros at BookWorks recommend to amplify your book. We have broken them into categories of Prepare, Publish and Promote, and further into subcategories so that you can find exactly what you need to make your book the best it can be.

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Prepare  •  Publish  •  Promote

PREPARE

Book Editing, Proofreading and Cover Design

FOR EXECUTING A PROFESSIONAL PLAN

Reedsy

Looking for an editor, proofreader, designer or marketer? Reedsy’s 500 professionals have been vetted and hand-picked out of over 15,000 applicants, and all come with extensive publishing experience.

We recommend Reedsy as the top way to find the best contractors to work on your book, all rated and reviewed by independent authors like you.

FOR A QUICK AND EASY LAYOUT THAT LOOKS LIKE A MILLION BUCKS

Book Design Templates

Created by indie author luminary Joel Friedlander, Book Design Templates offers outstanding layouts and designs for independent authors at extremely reasonable prices.

The last word in templates for your book.

PUBLISH

Self Publishing Companies

FOR EASE OF USE WHEN BUILDING YOUR BOOK

BookBaby

BookBaby has a great self-publishing system that lets you spec, create and publish books in a snap. Plus, they have excellent phone support and they pay our weekly. A outstanding option for a new or experienced self-publisher looking for a fair deal.

FOR AFFORDABLE SERVICE WITH FEWER EXTRA CHARGES

SmashWords

Mark Coker, founder of SmashWords, is known throughout the self-publishing world as a great resource, and someone who is deeply invested in the success of the self-published author.

It should be little surprise that SmashWords, his self-publishing service, offers authors a very fair deal on their book publishing, including no cost for changes to a book after setup.In one author’s experience, Mark even responded personally to his emailed questions -- now that’s a CEO who cares for his customers.

PROMOTE

Book Reviews

FOR BUILDING CREDIBILITY ON THE SHELF AND ONLINE

IndieReader

IR has been in the paid author review space longer than anyone. They offer extremely fair pricing on unbiased book reviews that are comparable to a heavy hitter like Kirkus.

Additionally, they offer a Reader Reviews service, in which readers are connected with authors to read and leave Verfied reviews on Amazon or GoodReads.

FOR THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE NAME IN BOOK REVIEWS

Kirkus Reviews - Indie

Kirkus has been around since the 1930s, and is the biggest and most recognizable name in indie book reviews. If you want to pay a bit more and have the cred that goes with the bigger name, Kirkus is for you.

Book Competitions and Awards

FOR GREAT PRIZES AND HIGH VISIBILITY

BookLife Prize

Backed by Publisher’s Weekly, the BookLife Prize is one of the hottest tickets in the world of self-published book contests. Add to that a $5,000 grand prize, and you have a great investment for the $99 entry fee. BookWorks members can use code BWRKS for $10.00 off the entry fee.

Plus, each and every book receives an assessment from a Publisher’s Weekly reviewer, which can help improve and promote your book.

FOR A SHOT AT THE BIG TIME (AND A LOT MORE)

IndieReader Discovery Awards

The Discovery Awards are special -- they are the only awards that put your book in the hands of an agent. This is the holy grail for many authors, and anyone who has tried to get an agent knows just how hard that can be.

However, the 6 yearly winners of the Discovery Awards (3 fiction, 3 nonfiction) are sent to the legendary agency Dystel Goedrich to have their books reviewed and considered for representation.

Not only that, but the DA’s offer over $20,000 in prizes for the 6 yearly winners, including a free custom website from author site creator Featherlight, a Kindle, and more.

Finally, every book receives a short review snippet from a professional IndieReader reviewer. Not bad for $149.

DIY Book Marketing

FOR DAMN NEAR EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK

AuthorToolkits.com

Another Joel Friedlander joint, AuthorToolkits.com pairs self-publishing maestro Joel with a host of co-creators who are skilled in getting your book the attention it deserves.

Ready to get your book to the world? Check out the Book Launch Toolkit. Want to make a splash on social? Social Media Toolkit for Authors.

For every need, there’s an Author Toolkit, and they are outstanding value for money. You can’t go wrong with them.


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