Publishing Resources

List of Service Companies and News For Publishing & Self-Publishing

These publishing resources have, for the most part, been vetted by myself or someone I know. If the recommendation is highly recommended it means I have either used the service myself or I know someone I trust who has. Recommended could be a service that has been referred to me by someone I know and respect.

Book Cover Design

The Book of Design — Natasha Brown

Services: Book cover design; graphic design/branding.
Highly recommended.
Fast service, though may need to book in advance.


Formatting & Layout

Polgarus Studio — Jason Anderson

Services: Print and eBook Formatting (Including file conversion)


Fast service.


POD (Print On Demand)

Ingram — Either IngramSpark or Lightning Source

Services: POD printing and worldwide distribution
Highly recommended.

Note: IngramSpark is an award-winning online service for indie author. They provide the same quality print and distribution services enjoyed by big-time publishers. IngramSpark makes it possible to share your with the world, including readers, more than 39,000 booksellers and librarians, and more than 70 online retailers. Focus on what you do best—creating innovative content—and let IngramSpark do the rest: print, ship, and distribute your book.


Services: POD printing and distribution
Highly recommended

CreateSpace is owned by Amazon, so integration into the Amazon system is quick and easy. Their customer service is good, and their process is quick.

There are pros and cons to using both CreateSpace and IngramSpark. I actually wrote a book about the differences. It will be published in late 2017.

Publishing & Self-Publishing Consulting

The Alliance of Independent Authors

ALLI is a tremendous resource for both publishing and writing. Self-Publishing advice, discounts on services, vetting of service companies, and free material to help with all aspects of publishing.
Highly recommended
$ ($99 per year and well worth it)

The Independent Publishing Magazine — Mick Rooney

Services: Fantastic resource for publishing and self-publishing news; self-publishing consulting; reviews of self-publishing services.

Highly recommended.

World Literary Cafe — Melissa Foster

Services: Great resource for training and resources prior to publishing. Social media, book launch, book covers, formatting, etc.
Highly recommended
Active community with fantastic support

The Book Designer — Joel Friedlander

Services: Self-Publishing Consultant


If you know of any publishing resources that you feel are excellent and would like to recommend them, please send an email with links to their website and/or contact information. We’ll check it out.

  1. Pricing definitions:
    $ = moderately priced
    $$ = reasonably priced
    $$$ = expensive  ↩

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