Scribophile is a recommended online writing group that’s been listed as one of the best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest. I just joined yesterday and it deserves its reputation. I know it will be a timesink but it’ll be worth it. I’ve already got some valuable feedback on my writing from them and can’t wait to build connections and improve my writing.
Self Publishing Boot Camp is free to download if you don’t mind signing up for a newsletter but it’s worth it to get future updates on the book. It tells you the nitty gritty details of self publishing.
I’ve come across mention of Draft2Digital a new company that distritbutes ebooks and you can also use to set up an account to print paperbacks with Createspace. It’s a new company that’s working at growing its distribution channels but already has most of the major ones covered. It also offers monthly payments as long as you reach its threshold, but it’s best feature maybe that it doesn’t have a complicated formatting guide to follow. There’s people who prefer it over Smashwords and apparently it’s starting to affect Smashwords’ market share.
It’ll be a while before I’m in a position to give a personal recommendation on its services, but I will definitely give it a try once I’m ready to self publish my work, and it’s worth investigating yourself.
The Independent Publishing Magazine gave the company a favorable review that explains its features more fully in December 2014. Earlier reviews point out its then limited outreaches, but it has grown since then, and it’d be worthwhile to look up the FAQs on the site and current reviews of the company.
BB eBooks gives Tips for Publishing on Draft2Digital with a step-by-step tutorial.