Indie Resources

Welcome to INDIE RESOURCES, a directory of services for Indie Authors, that is, those inclined to write and publish their own work as either ebooks or print books or both.

When I first started compiling this list, all the listings were referrals from authors who had used the various providers. Of those service providers, just about all of them were authors who also moonlight as editors or graphic artists, etc.

After I created this Indie Resources page, I began receiving emails from companies who provide these services who wanted to be listed here too. I debated a long time about including these, but I finally decided to include a listing along with the caveat that I am not endorsing any of the providers you may find on this page. 

Websites and email addresses come and go. At the time of publication, the submitted URLs and email addresses worked. No guarantee is given that they will always be active. If you get a non-working URL or email, please let me know so I can remove the listing before the next purge date of July 1, 2012.

No Endorsement

No endorsement is implied by a listing here nor should you infer an endorsement by seeing a listing here.

The only endorsement I make is for my daughter Adina Reeves who has a degree in graphic design and is an educator in the field of art.

Please Read: Buyer Beware

Do your own research and check out anyone with whom you wish to enter into a business arrangement. Do not blindly accept anyone on this list or any other list without checking references, comparing prices, and all the other responsible actions anyone would take before paying for any services.

Having said all that, you may now scroll down to find listings for: 

BOOK COVER ARTISTS

COPY AND/OR CONTENT EDITORS

LINKS TO FORMAT INSTRUCTIONS

FULL SERVICE

PROOFREADERS

WRITERS RESOURCE LINKS

Reminder: Joan's Golden Rules for Ebook Success

1. Get educated.

2. Write a business plan.

3. Choose cover art wisely.

4. Write professional ad copy.

5. Choose price wisely.

6. Give a smart sample.

7. Write a good book.

8. Customize Marketing and Promotion.

I've written a multi-part series about these rules. These rules are what I followed in my quest to succeed as an Indie Author. Look for this series under the label Digital Publishing (eBook coming in September, Ebook Success: Joan Sells and Tells All, compiled from all the posts from this blog and my commercial blog on this subject).





FREELANCE GRAPHIC ARTISTS

If your DIY cover art just isn't good enough--and trust me, nothing screams "cheap eBook" more than an amateurish cover--try one of these freelance book cover artists to get the professional look you need.

Since my daughter has taught me most of what I know about graphic art design and is my Book Cover Artist, I'm exercising a mother's prerogative (Yes, I'm biased! *g*) and listing her first. You can look at any of my book covers to see her work.

Want To Submit A Listing?

If you are a Freelance Artist who would like to be listed here:

1. Email me: Joan at JoanReeves dot com

2. In the Subject Box, put: Real Live Person--Indie Resource--Artist.

If you are an Author who wants to refer an Artist, please follow the same procedure.

ARTISTS

Adina Reeves
Email: blakecreative at hotmail.com
Website: http://blakecreative.blogspot.com/p/book-covers.html

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Deanna Dionne
Email: swandieve at gmail.com
Website: http://www.deannadionne.com

Patty G. Henderson / Boulevard Photografica
Email: blvdphotografica at aol.com
Website: http://boulevardphotografica.blogspot.com/

Kanaxa
Website: http://www.kanaxa.com/Home.html

Kim Killion
Website: http://www.hotdamndesigns.com/home.asp

Kristin Lawrence
Email: Klawrencegraphics at gmail.com
Website: http://www.laurinwittig.com

Duncan Long
Email: duncan at duncanlong.com
Website: http://www.duncanlong.com

Donna Maloy
Email: Donna at donnamaloy.com
Website: http://www.DonnaMaloy.com

Karen McCullough
Email: Karen at kmccullough.com
Website: http://www.karenswebworks.com

Rae Monet
Website: http://raemonetinc.com/services.html

L. E. Olteano
Beautiful website and blog designs
Email: l.e.olteano@gmail.com
Website: http://butterflyometerdesigns.blogspot.com/

Julie Ortolon
Website: http://www.juliesjournalonline.com/?cat=72

Adina Reeves
Email: blakecreative at hotmail.com
Website: http://blakecreative.blogspot.com/p/book-covers.html

Mandy Roth aka Natalie Winters
Website: http://mandyroth.com/Cover_Art/

Patricia Ryan
Email: Pat at PatRyanGraphics.com
Website: http://PatRyanGraphics.com

Tara at FantasiaFrogDesigns
Stock Designs for Customization
Email: fantasiafrogdesigns at gmail.com
Website: http://fantasiafrogdesigns.wordpress.com

Lex Valentine
Website: http://winterheart.com

Katerina Vamvasaki
Email: cathringo at gmail.com
Website: http://www.blowtoons.com/cartoons.php?page=2

Kimberly Van Meter
Email: alexandria2772 at hotmail.com
Website: http://tinyurl.com/4xs5j8l

Angela Waters
Website: http://angelawatersart.com/

BJ West
Email: BJ at BJWest.net
Website: http://www.bjwest.net/Covers/





FREELANCE COPY and/or CONTENT EDITORS

Want To Submit A Listing?

1. Email me: Joan at JoanReeves dot com

2. In the Subject Box, put: Real Live Person--Indie Resource--Editor.

If you are an Author who wants to refer an Editor, please follow the same procedure.


EDITORS

Shelley Bates
Moonshell Books and Editorial
Cred: Shelley is a multipublished, RITA-winning author who copyedits for Entangled Publishing. Her indie clients include Bella Andre, Barbara Freethy, and Carly Phillips.
Specialties: Romance
Email: sabates@att.net
Website: http://www.shelleybates.com

Kristi Cook
Specialties: Romance and Young Adult Fiction
Email: AuthorKristiCook at gmail.com
Website: http://editsbykristi.wordpress.com

Kaye Dacus Editing
Kaye Dacus
Cred: Experienced Full-time and Freelance Copy Editor with publishing houses since May 2006. Published in Inspiration Romance.
Specialties: Romance, particularly Contemporary and Historical Inspiration
Email: editing at kayedacus.com
Website: http://kayedacus.com/editing-services/

Ebook Editor Pro
James Bolen
Cred: Journalism Degree; 6 yrs. experience as journalist
Email: Editor at ebookeditorpro.com
Website: http://www.ebookEditorPro.com
Referred By: Cheryl Bolen

Sharon Garner
Cred: Author and Freelance Editor with References
Email: skgarner at penn.com
Website: http://www.sharonkgarner.com
Referred By: Self

Tanya Saari
Specialties: Romance and Women's Fiction
Cred: Former Editorial Assistant, Harlequin, Toronto
Email: tanyasaari at gmail.com
Website: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3vpcvgv
Referred by: Donna Alward

Shelton Editing
Gail Shelton
Cred: Freelance Copy Editor for Carina Books
Email: editorial at gaildayton.com
Website: http://sheltonediting.wordpress.com
Referred by: Gail Dayton

Martha Trachtenberg
Cred: Freelances for several NY publishers
Email: marthatcopy at gmail.com
Website: Not given
Referred by: Courtney Milan

Victory Editing
Anne Victory
Specialties: Proofreads Final Format File
Cred: Not given
Email: Not given
Website: http://www.victoryediting.com
Referred by: Courtney Milan

Kristen Weber
Specialties: Content Editor
Cred: Former Senior Editor at Penguin
Email: Kristen.edits at gmail.com
Website: http://www.kristenweber.com
Referred by Mary Kennedy

Cathy Yardley Wilson
Specialties: Content Editor (also Plot Brainstorming, Query/Synopsis Critique, Promotion Planning)
Cred: Author and Freelance Editor with References
Email: Cathy at rockyourwriting.com
Website: http://rockyourwriting.com/services
Referred by: Self





FORMAT INSTRUCTIONS

If you don't know much about ebook formats, here's a great article to explain the Various Ebook Formats so you'll have a working knowledge of this since most digital publishing platforms have preferences about what they want as a file upload.

The Directory Links below take you to various websites that contain ebook format instructions. Listed at the end of the free resources are contractors who will format for a fee. They're all excellent in that they are clear and easy to follow. Why do I list more than one link? Because different authors express the same thing in different ways. What speaks to one may not mean much to another. So find the one that explains this process in a way that you can understand.

Want To Submit A Listing?

1. Email me: Joan at JoanReeves dot com

2. In the Subject Box, put: Real Live Person--Indie Resource--Format.

If you are an Author who wants to refer a format resource, please follow the same procedure.

FORMAT INSTRUCTIONS

Anne Marie Novark's Ebook Format Instructions

Calibre Tips For Kindle, Sony, Nook

How To Format Ebook Starting With MS Word

Marie Force's Self-Publishing Tips

Ebook Conversion Tips by Nancy J. Cohen

Nina Cordoba Kindle Format

Nina Cordoba Smashwords Format

FORMAT SERVICES

Jeny L. Ruelo
Specialties: Book Format, Print and eBook
Experience: CreateSpace, Lulu, Lightning Source
Cred: Request from Ms. Ruelo
Email: jeny at thefastfingers.com
Website: http://thefastfingers.com
Referred by: Ms. Ruelo contacted me and requested a listing.





FULL SERVICE

Want To Submit A Listing?

1. Email me: Joan at JoanReeves dot com

2. In the Subject Box, put: Real Live Person--Indie Resource--Special Service.

If you are an Author who wants to refer a contractor, please follow the same procedure.

Endless Dreams Publishing
Donna Klaasen Jost, Owner
Specialities: Full Service (Writing, Editing, Layout, Cover Design, Scanning, Copywriting, Submission, Legal Filings, i.e., ISBN, Copyright, etc.
Email: info@endlessdreamspublishing.com
Website: http://www.endlessdreamspublishing.com
 Referred by: Donna Klaasen Jost

Entourage Publishing Solutions
Nand Kishore
Mumbai, India
Specialties: Possibly full service?
Email: entouragepublishing@gmail.com and info@entouragepublishingsolutions.com
Portfolio: http://www.coroflot.com/entourage1/Books
http://www.coroflot.com/entourage1/Magazines
Website: http://www.entouragepublishingsolutions.com

Storywonk.com
Lanie Diane Rich
Specialties: Full Service (Copy Editing, Content Editing, Scanning, Submission, Copywriting, Covers)
Cred: None given
Email: info at storywonk.com
Website:http://www.storywonk.com/swguide.pdf
Referred by: Lani Diane Rich

PROOFREADERS

Melissa Scott
Cred: None given
Member of The Editorial Freelancers Association
Email: scottylei409@aol.com
Referred by: Self



WRITERS RESOURCE LINKS

This page lists valuable resource links for writers.

AGENTS, ETC.

Agent List
http://www.katfeete.net/writing/agents.html

Agent Obvious
http://agentobvious.livejournal.com/

Asso. of Authors Representatives Online
http://www.aar-online.org/

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency
http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
http://www.dystel.com/

Guide to Literary Agents
http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/

Firebrand Literary
http://www.firebrandliterary.com/

List: Non-Fee Charging Agents
http://www.nataliercollins.com/agent-information/agent-listing.php

Preditors and Editors
http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/

Rejection Collection
http://rejectioncollection.com/

Writers Beware
http://www.sfwa.org/beware/

INDUSTRY LINKS

Backspace
http://www.bksp.org/

Booksense
http://www.booksense.com/

Publishers Marketplace
http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/

Publishers Weekly: Beyond Her Book
http://www.publishersweekly.com/blog/880000288.html

Writers Unlimited
http://writersunlimited.com/

LIBRARY RESOURCES

Library Database
http://www.metronet.lib.mn.us/lc/lca.cfm

World Cat: The World's Largest Library Catalog
http://www.worldcat.org/

REFERENCE

Lorelle On Wordpress
http://lorelle.wordpress.com/

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/

Stamps.com
http://www.stamps.com/welcome/custom/home01/index2.html

Tiny URL Converts Long URLs
http://tinyurl.com/

U. S. Copyright Office
http://www.copyright.gov/

U. S. Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/index.html

U. S. Postal Service
http://www.usps.com/

REVIEWERS

Large Print Reviews

http://www.largeprintreviews.com/

WRITERS HEALTH ISSUES

Prevent Carpal Tunnel
http://www.eatonhand.com/hw/ctexercise.htm

WRITERS ORGANIZATIONS

Authors Guild Inc.
http://www.authorsguild.org/

Romance Writers of America
http://www.rwanational.org/

Romance Writers of America, Houston Bay Area Chapter
http://www.hbarwa.com/

Romance Writers of America, Northwest Houston Chapter
http://nwhrwa.com/

Romance Writers of America, West Houston Chapter
http://whrwa.com/