“A community dedicated to helping its members prepare, publish, and promote their books, plus share what they learn and support one another.”
With more and more writers choosing to take the independent publishing route, the need for practical resources for everything from hiring an editor to marketing and promotion. That’s why the recent relaunch of BookWorks.com, a Publishers Weekly-affiliated site, is welcome news.
“Many self-published authors are putting out fine books, but don’t know what to do because they’re not being helped by traditional publishers,” notes BookWorks.com CEO and founder Betty Sargeant. BookWorks.com aims to be a trusted centralized resources for a range of indie-related services.
Through the site, indie authors can connect with others in the independent publishing community, hire editors and designers, generate valuable exposure for their books, and develop marketing/promotion plans. Resources include:
Works-in-Progress — Post excerpts of up to 2,000 words.
Book of the Week — Have your book featured on the site and receive a BookWorks medallion to feature on your book cover.
Community Exchange — An ongoing forum for sharing ideas and advice with other authors and service providers.
BookWorks Bookshop — An outlet for showcasing and selling your books via direct-to-retailer links.
Professional Services — Find reputable, experienced professional editors, designers, and marketers.
BookWorks Blog — Practical advice on getting the most from your author website, planning successful book signings, and indie industry updates.
The site offers three levels of membership: Core membership is free; Committed and Professional Memberships are fee paid and offer an impressive menu of premium services. To find out more, visit: bookworks.com. Write on!