Resource Fest: Reference Books for Writers

resource fest reference booksIn this industry, we rely on each other to weed out the bad information, and discover the good stuff. Word of mouth is invaluable.

What’s your favorite writing reference book? We want to know. In the comments section below, please post the title of the book and the author. In one sentence, tell us why you like it so much. If you have a link to the book on a retail site, that’s even better. We’ll put a pretty book cover up so everyone can see it. Please don’t try to embed an image. We’ll do it for you, honest!

Your comment should look like this:

The Synonym Finder by Rodale Press is my favorite writing reference book because when my brain stops working, the book kickstarts it with an endless list of possible words for me to use. Love this book!
http://www.amazon.com/Synonym-Finder-J-I-Rodale/dp/0446370290/

Go ahead and tell us which book is your favorite. And please, if you’ve written a non-fiction writing-related book, please don’t post your own. Do the honorable thing and pay a friend to post it for you.

Resource Fest: Cover Designers

resource fest book designerIn this industry, we rely on each other to weed out the bad vendors, and discover the good ones. Word of mouth is invaluable.

Know a great cover designer or artist? We want to know. In the comments section below, please post the designer’s name and a link to their website so we can see their work. In one sentence, tell us why you liked them. And, so we can see their stuff, include ONE link to the book (on a retail site). Please don’t try to embed an image. We’ll do it for you, honest!

Now, now, put someone you’ve worked with who does covers for hire. No recommending yourself!

The Trading Post

Indie authors are responsible for every aspect of production. For us, it doesn’t stop with typing “THE END” and sending the manuscript off to some intern.

The cover design, book description, interior formatting, proofing, and editing are our responsibilities as well. We have to either do it ourselves, pay someone to do it for us, or trade services with someone who has an area of expertise we lack.

Many of us operate on shoestring budgets and would like to have a little something left over to put toward marketing. Trading services is a popular and cost-effective means for meeting everyone’s needs.

The challenge is finding an internet watering hole with a gene pool deep enough to give you a good chance of finding what you want and maybe even giving you a few different choices. We think the talent runs pretty deep in the Indies Unlimited community, so we’d like to offer up this spot for indies who would like to connect with each other to exchange services. This is for straight-up trading, not selling services, and not review-swapping.

If you are interested in connecting with others to exchange services, place the following information in the comment section:

1. The services you provide that you would be willing to trade;

2. The services you need in exchange; and

3. ONE of two ways to contact you: either a Facebook address if you want a FB private message, OR a Twitter handle if you want a Twitter direct message. DO NOT put an e-mail address, phone number, street or postal address in the comments (for your own protection against spammers, scammers, and other jackanapes)

DISCLAIMER: This post is provided as a public service. Indies Unlimited does not guarantee or warranty any service or service providers. Any agreement or arrangements made are at the sole liability and discretion of the parties involved. The individual parties to any agreements or exchanges are responsible for performing their own due diligence.

The Trading Post

Indie authors are responsible for every aspect of production. For us, it doesn’t stop with typing “THE END” and sending the manuscript off to some intern.

The cover design, book description, interior formatting, proofing, and editing are our responsibilities as well. We have to either do it ourselves, pay someone to do it for us, or trade services with someone who has an area of expertise we lack.

Many of us operate on shoestring budgets and would like to have a little something left over to put toward marketing. Trading services is a popular and cost-effective means for meeting everyone’s needs.

The challenge is finding an internet watering hole with a gene pool deep enough to give you a good chance of finding what you want and maybe even giving you a few different choices. We think the talent runs pretty deep in the Indies Unlimited community, so we’d like to offer up this spot for indies who would like to connect with each other to exchange services. This is for straight-up trading, not selling services, and not review-swapping.

If you are interested in connecting with others to exchange services, place the following information in the comment section:

1. The services you provide that you would be willing to trade;

2. The services you need in exchange; and

3. ONE of two ways to contact you: either a Facebook address if you want a FB private message, OR a Twitter handle if you want a Twitter direct message. DO NOT put an e-mail address, phone number, street or postal address in the comments (for your own protection against spammers, scammers, and other jackanapes)

DISCLAIMER: This post is provided as a public service. Indies Unlimited does not guarantee or warranty any service or service providers. Any agreement or arrangements made are at the sole liability and discretion of the parties involved. The individual parties to any agreements or exchanges are responsible for performing their own due diligence.

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