As an indie author there is a lot you’ll need to do in order to successfully publish your book, what’s more you are on your own while doing it. But there are some great resources available to you which can help in the process.
We have put together some of our favorite sites to help any Indie author with their book.
Editing your Book
Scribendi are an Editing and proofreading service which have been helping authors since 1977, they offer services from Proofreading to manuscript critiquing and also formatting for eBooks.
NY Book editors have edited books for some of the biggest authors in publishing. James Patterson, Paulo Celho and even Stephen King have had books edited by them.
Edit 911 Provide book editing services to a very high level along with evaluating the content, they can also help with query letters to agents and publishers, resources to attain an agent and writing a press release.
Novel Gazing, apart from having a great name they offer proofreading, full editing and critiquing of your manuscript. Their rates are very reasonable and offer a free sample edit of your book too.
Formatting your book
Fast Fingers offer a lot for the author, here you can get your book formatted and also set up marketing and an author’s website. Their formatting services cover novels, nonfiction and children’s books.
Polgarus are great value and quality formatters, they will take your existing manuscript (normally Word documents or Pages) and create a PDF for print and/or the EPUB and MOBI files for your eBook. They have a quick turnaround time and can be expedited (if needed).
Press Books is a do-it-yourself service where you use one of their templates to format your book with, the service works for both eBook and printed books alike with an option for both services or just eBook format.
Bookbaby does offer a great deal of services other than just publishing and also distributes to Amazon (although you could go directly to them yourself).
KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), if you’re going to publish your book as an eBook (and why wouldn’t you), then the obvious first stop would be KDP, part of Amazon you can set up an account for free and publish your book quite quickly.
Createspace, again, another Amazon owned company, but this time for your printed books, you don’t have to order in large volumes and setting up is free and easy.
IngramSpark, their service offers great distribution along with the option to print your book in hardback as well as paperback and eBook. The services does require some upfront costs though.
Marketing your book
Book Fuel is an online video course which takes you step by step through not only marketing but publishing and planning your book launch, it covers a great deal for the author and is great value for money too.
The Chiltern Method, another online video course aimed very specifically at non-fiction, this course has a great track record and helped many nonfiction authors achieve success.
FSB Associates specialize in book marketing for authors, creating online visibility for your book along with designing websites and your social media strategy.
Author House, offering a whole host of services to promote your book from book signings to cinema advertising, this company provides a great deal of options for any author.
Online communities for authors
KBoards is an online community dedicated to kindle authors and eBooks, it’s one of the biggest forums specifically for eBook authors and has many helpful discussions.
ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) is a well-respected community and offers a great deal of advice to any author, it also has seminars and events for its members.
Goodreads is a very large site aimed at authors and those who love to read, it’s been around since 2007 and allows you to promote your book and interact with your readers too.
There are many different web hosting companies to choose from today. Your decision should not be based on the first or cheapest host provider you come across. The company you choose is going to have a massive impact on the performance of your blog and, consequently, your search engine ranking. You need a host that has an excellent reputation, a high level of guaranteed uptime, and exceptional customer service. With that being said, read on to discover more about some of the best hosting companies for bloggers specifically.
What should you look for when choosing a hosting company?
Before we can begin to look at the best hosting companies for bloggers, we need to establish the important ingredients when choosing a host provider. There are three critical elements you need to look out for, and these are as follows:
The best web hosting providers for bloggers
Now that you are aware of the important factors to consider when looking for a web hosting company, let’s take a look at some of the best companies that tick these three boxes.
SiteGround – The first hosting provider on our list for bloggers is SiteGround. Recommended by Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress.org, SiteGround has certainly become a popular choice. One of the best things about SiteGround is that you are guaranteed 99.9 per cent uptime; otherwise, you will be compensated. Users also benefit from 24/7 customer support, with live chat typically taking between two and hour seconds to respond, so this web host certainly fulfils the customer support criteria as well. They also offer free site transfer, free auto daily backups, and free SSL certificate. Plus, to make sure their clients will benefit from the best server response time, they present you with a number of data centres to choose from. One thing to be mindful of, though, is that you are limited to 30GB storage, although this should not be an issue for most bloggers. At present, SiteGround costs £2.75 per month.
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HostGator – HostGator is a good choice for beginners. If you are a new blogger looking to get started, this is an option you may want to consider. Although a bit pricier, at £3.25 per month, you do get a 45-day money-back guarantee, so if you are not happy, you can always switch to another provider. Like most of the hosts featured on this list, HostGator is reliable, with a 99.9 per cent uptime guarantee. As mentioned, this is always the most important quality to look out for when choosing a web host. If you take out a shared plan with HostGator, you will get a free SSL certificate. Customer support is available on a 24/7 basis, although response times do seem to be slightly slower than the rest.
GreenGeeks – As you may have gathered from the name, GreenGeeks is an eco-friendly hosting provider. If you are an environmentally conscious blogger, you will be pleased to know that this web host is fuelled by 300 per cent renewable energy. Despite this, you will still get a guaranteed 99.9 per cent uptime. Other benefits of this £3.00 per month plan include a free SSL certificate with every hosting plan, as well as free domain registration. It’s fair to say that GreenGeeks customer service is not as impressive as the rest, although the company does bring ten years of experience to the table.
BlueHost – Next we have BlueHost, which is a company that has been providing hosting services since 1996. They are one of the more affordable hosting companies available for bloggers, costing just £2.00 per month. On the flip side, site transfers are not free – they cost £120, so if you need a site transfer you may want to consider a different hosting provider. Despite this, there is a lot to love about BlueHost, including their 24/7 support access and unlimited bandwidth. They also excel in terms of uptime. You will benefit from a control panel to manage your account, which is easy to use, as well as free domain name registration.
GoDaddy – Finally, we have GoDaddy, which is a company you have probably already heard about. They provide a lot of services that go beyond the competition and they make the process really easy. However, while introductory prices are low at £3.00 per month, there is a steep price increase when you renew, so do keep this in mind. Plus, live chat is only available for sales questions. Aside from this, though, GoDaddy offer a 45-day money-back guarantee, unmetered bandwidth, and 100GB storage on their cheapest plan. There are also Windows and Linux plans available, as well as DDoS protection and 24/7 security monitoring.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding the best hosting companies out there for bloggers. With many different options available to bloggers today, it can be difficult to know where to start. The last thing you want to do is waste your money on a hosting provider that actually harms your blog’s reputation through continual issues with their servers. If you opt for one of the hosting companies that have been mentioned above, you can be certain that this will not be the case.
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