American Society of Journalists and Authors. Blog site for ASJA, an invaluable membership organization for independent nonfiction writers who are trying to advance their careers.
Midwest Book Review. A major Internet resource for publishers, writers, librarians, booksellers, and book lovers of all ages and interests. Includes dozens of articles of interest to writers and self-publishers.
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. One of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators, and the only professional organization specifically for those individuals working in the fields of children's literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.
Writers/Readers. Jerry Simmons established this site in 2005 for independent writers around the world. It offers an excellent overview of the changing world of publishing and one's opportunities in it, with a free eNewsletter and a good archive of articles.
Avoid Clichés. Tips from Communication Briefings newsletter.
The All Rights/Electronic Rights Issue - A personal experience article with reader feedback
The Controversial "Orphan Works" Copyright Bills and Google Book Settlement
Life Writing. What has life taught you that you might write a book about? This article explains how the writing of her late husband's biography changed and enriched Barbara's life.
Book Manuscript Formatting Tips. Avoid digital conversion problems and make your editor and book designer happy by following these proven book manuscript formatting guidelines from Barbara.
Barbara's Book Manuscript Editing Options & Fees. Now expanded to include short stories and mini-eBooks.
How to Write a Good Memoir: How the book, Your Life as Story, helped Barbara write a better memoir and biography.
Author-Publisher Contracts from Internet Book Publishers and Self-Publishing Services. Do not sign one of these contracts until you understand the legal and financial implications of every clause it contains.
How to Self-Publish a Book--Your Print-on-Demand (POD) Self-Publishing Options, with Perspective on eBook Editions. This updated article is a summary of what Barbara has learned from first-hand experience, with links to some of the best resources for self-publishers
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) About the Ordering and Download Process for PDF eBooks and reports.
The Book Designer. A wealth of articles and practical advice to help build better books. Note this article: "52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers."
Independent Publisher (formed in 1996) runs a Book Awards contest each year to recognize excellence in independent publishing. They stated in 2011 that there were currently 1.5 million book titles in print and available to American consumers, with about 160,000 new titles published each year in the U.S. and about 30,000 new titles published in Canada. Today the independent is also competing with nearly 70,000 other small-to-midsized presses.
SPAN is a nonprofit trade association of independent book publishers with more than 1,000 members. The association provides support to authors and independent book publishers through industry news, business benefits, education, and marketing opportunities.
Step-by-Step Self-Publishing. This website include a list of book reviewers that will review self-published books on Amazon and other online sites.
The Tribal Author. Jonathan Fields, author of How to Make a Great Living Doing what You Love, calls himself a "lawyer turned serial entrepreneur, marketer, and social media sponge. If you're serious about writing and selling a book, read The Truth About Book Marketing, which you can download as an eBook or read on the site. Then get on his blog mailing list to receive his pertinent posts.
The Changing World of Book Publishing. Helpful perspective for book lovers and self-publishers.
Book Publishing News. Interesting posts on a variety of topics of interest to writers and self-publishers.
Author-Publisher Book Contract Consulting Service. Need help in understanding that publisher's contract you've just been offered? Let Barbara explain how certain clauses will affect your overall earnings and rights to your book's content, and what you need to ask for in the way of changes to maximize your profits. Publishers will negotiate with savvy authors.
Author-Publisher Contract Tips. Barbara's tips on special clauses you should try to get in your contract. Includes special tips on how and where to find a reputable literary agent.
Selling Your Book to a Trade Publisher. Barbara shares her personal experiences in working with trade book publishers over the years.
Barbara Doyen Literary Agency. This is the website of Barbara Brabec's literary agent. It contains a wealth of helpful articles for authors.
Unscrupulous Literary Agents on the Web. Read this excellent article on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Website. It offers a list of dishonest agenting practices, explains why there are so many amateur, marginal, and incompetent agents looking for clients on the Web, and how to tell a questionable agent from a reputable one. Also included is a list of resources for authors in search of a good agent.
Joan's Angels: An Amusing Story of how a successful author moves Her books in bookstores. (Joan taught her children to "work the bookstores" whenever a new book was published.)
My Self-Publishing Experience with Lulu.com. Australian author Bryan West reports on his positive publishing experience with Lulu, and what authors should expect here in the way of help and services.
Tapping the Verbal Motherlode by Patricia Kutza. A guide to a treasure chest of verbal nuggets you can use in your copywriting.
The Joys of Live Alchemy—The Excellent Writer Within by Michael Levy. "The pure joy of writing makes us successes; nothing else will," says Levy.