Becoming an author is extremely hard work. It involves a lot of dedication and a lot of man-hours. Thankfully, the Internet has a wide array of resources available to help aspiring authors.
Five websites that aspiring authors need to check out
Book Country is one of the best websites for aspiring authors to check out. It is a subsidiary of Penguin Group (USA) and is one central hub for fiction writers (and readers) to convene. Users can post their own work to the website or they can read the work of other users. They can also leave comments on something they read. Users can also participate in discussions, and participation in the website (including discussions, reviews and actually writing) will earn Book Country members a badge. More badges increase a user’s popularity on the site.
Book Country is available for authors of both novels and short stories, and joining is absolutely free. If a user wants to self-publish through Book Country, they can do that too. Other users can purchase the book, and Book Country will pay the author for these purchases. There is an initial set-up fee for publishing, and a small per-transaction fee, but the author will, officially, be e-book published.
Jottify is similar to Book Country, as it is a place to share writing with other readers or read the writing of other writers. Users can also comment on those items you have read.
Users can also participate in the Jottify Community. Here, users can participate in discussions and check the Jottify blog.
Also like Book Country, users can self-publish their work on the site in e-reader format. It’s up to the user to decide their sale price, and Jottify will give them 70% of the commission from the sales.
3. Writer’s Digest
While the Writer’s Digest Magazine has been helping aspiring authors and writers for years, its website, WritersDigest.com, is also a great place for aspiring authors to gain valuable information. Through the Writer’s Digest forum, writers can connect with other writers for information or resources. There is also a Writer’s Digest blog that contains informative posts, and a free weekly e-newsletter that contains a great deal of necessary information.
Unlike the previous two websites, Writer’s Digest will also make users aware of writing contests and competitions, as well as provide a list of writing workshops or conferences that they can attend to heighten their skills.
The website also contains a Shop section where users can purchase DVDs, books, educational courses and webinars.
LuLu is an open publishing platform that allows users to publish their work. Unlike Book Country and Jottify, LuLu allows users to publish their work in any format, from e-book to hard cover. Authors can decide everything about the printing of their books, from paper type to trim size to cover quality. They will also earn 80% of the profits.
LuLu offers a Services Team to help users better create and publish their work. Everything from cover design to marketing can be done with the help of the Service Team. Users can purchase the support help for one thing, such as cover design, or bundle a few together, depending on the author’s specific needs.
In order to be an author, a person has to actually write something. The Merriam-Webster site is a great reference tool for all aspiring writers. The littlest things are going to halt an author’s writing at some point or another, but it should never occur because of a word. The Merriam-Webster thesaurus can help make a good sentence great by helping authors select different words that can strengthen a sentence.
As an aspiring author, the end result is always having a published work of art, and having other people read and enjoy it. (And yes, hopefully make a profit on it.)
About the Guest Author
Mark Weatherford is a high school english teacher and published author. When editing his own works Mark only trusts Grammarly grammar checker to find and manage any comma splices or improper grammar. Mark often eats freezer meals due to his busy schedule.