Deciding to become an author can be a daunting task and just starting the process can seem overwhelming at times, at least it was for me. As I have mentioned previously, I spent many hours combing the internet to become better acquainted with my new hobby. Luckily, early in my search, I found author Joanna Penn, who has created a nice website full of articles and links about the whole indie process. When I first found her site, I immediately identified with her because she had also always wanted to be a writer, plus she was in IT for many years, as I have been.
From writing to self-publishing to marketing, she has everything you need to know at your fingertips. I should point out that she is a bestselling self-published author herself, in both the fiction and non-fiction areas, so she is a knowledgeable resource. She shares her success and her failures in the hopes that you will not make the same mistakes that she has. I like that she has a lot of free advice available, but is also honest that this is a business for her, so you need to expect there to books and courses for sale as well as the advice.
It was from Joanna’s website that I learned about Scrivener, a tool I have talked about before, and still use every day. She also has a podcast with over 300 episodes covering all manner of topics. For more information, check out her website, The Creative Penn