Eight Must Read Self-Publishing Blogs For Authors

Must Read Blogs Authors

If you are new to self-publishing, or an old hand, you should never stop learning.

Even though I hunt high and low for ideas for my blog posts every day, I always check my eight favorite sources of informed opinion and publishing advice.

These six self-publishing blogs have been around for a long time.

They are written by experienced self-published authors, who really know their stuff.

Each of them writes from a different perspective, but all of them offer sound advice and opinion based on hard-earned experience.

I really appreciate that you are reading this post on my blog, and many more of my posts I hope.

But I am sure you have enough time in your day to add these eight excellent sites to your daily reading list.

Eight of the best self-publishing blogs


Alliance of Independent Authors (Alli)


Self-publishing.org is a part of the Alliance of Independent Authors (Alli). You can follow the blog to get a better insight into what is happening in Indie author publishing.

Orna Ross and Phillip Lynch are extremely experienced in all aspects of the publishing process. If you are a new author, you should be following this blog.

You will find a wealth of information to help you publish ebooks and print on demand and improve your marketing strategies.

There is also a service directory where can find reputable publishers and service providers such as an editor or book designer.


The Creative Penn

The Creative PennJoanna Penn written by Joanna Penn is a must-read. Joanna is the ultimate authorpreneur and book marketer.

One salient point to make about Joanna is that she is English, so she proves that self-publishing success is definitely not only restricted to North America. From her about page:

I self-published my first non-fiction book in 2008 and made a lot of mistakes along the way. I also didn’t sell any books because no one knew who I was.

That experience made me determined to learn about marketing, as well as how to become a better writer.

I started this site to share my experiences and hopefully save other people the money, time, and heartache I went through. I’m based in Bath, England although I lived in Australia and New Zealand for 11 years and I’m a travel junkie!


The Passive Voice

passive guy

The Passive Voice is an aggregated blog of the latest news in the self-publishing and traditional publishing industry.

He is also known as Passive Guy. His blog, while lacking a bit in the way of page styling and pizzaz, collects and publishes the most up-to-date news related to publishing and self-publishing.

For a long while, the Passive Guy was anonymous. But David Vandagriff has recently come out from under his mysterious cover.

One of the real attractions of this blog is the number of very active commenters, who bring a range of opinions that are well worth reading.

Passive Guy is an attorney, entrepreneur, former tech executive, and writer.

Prior to reopening his latest law practice, PG’s business involved high-stakes intellectual property litigation. He started The Passive Voice as an anonymous blog so his snarky remarks would not show up when opposing counsel performed a Google search.


Joe Konrath

Joe Konrathjoe konrath is, well, Joe Konrath. If any author has been there, done that, it is Joe. He pulls no punches and is never shy about saying what he really thinks.

He only posts about once a month, but it is worth the wait between articles to read what he has on his mind.

He’s considered a pioneer in self-publishing.

His blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, gets several million hits per year. Konrath has been featured in Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Playboy, USA Today, Time, Woman’s World, the LA Times, and the NY Times among many other periodicals. He also blogs for the Huffington Post.


Kristen Lamb

Kristen LambKristen Lamb writes about writing, and often in such a direct voice that she can initially come across as the writing teacher you feared at high school.

On social media, she often describes herself as sassy. Not being American, I’m not really sure what sassy means. But one thing I do know from reading her blog for a long time now is that she knows a hell of a lot about the art of writing. 

Kristen has guided writers of all levels. From unpublished green peas to NY Times best-selling big fish. Learn how to use social media to create a solid platform and brand.

Most importantly, Kristen helps authors of all levels connect to their READERS and then maintain a relationship that grows into a long-term fan base.


Mark Coker

Mark Coker

Mark Coker from Smashwords. Whether you publish with Smashwords or not, Mark Coker’s blog posts are always well worth reading.

Sure, he is not a big fan of Amazon exclusivity and makes his point about that regularly, but if anyone knows how self-publishing works, it’s Mark. Miss a post at your peril.

Founder of Smashwords, a distributor of indie (self-published) ebooks serving Apple, B&N, OverDrive, Scribd, Oyster, Kobo, libraries.


Jane Freidman

Jane Friedman

If anyone knows the publishing industry inside out, it’s Jane Freidman.

She has become an expert in the digital era of authorship and is a regular columnist for Publishers Weekly. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR.

In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World.

In her spare time, Jane writes creative nonfiction.


David Gaughran

David Gaughran

David Gaughran is an Irish writer and author who has helped many new authors publish books and succeed in self-publishing.

His book, Let’s Get Digital was a huge success. He has written for the Guardian, Forbes, Mashable, the Telegraph, and many others.

When it comes to writing, he is well worth reading.



There are many great blogs dedicated to self-publishing and some that are not so good.

But these are at the top of my reading list.

I highly recommend that you bookmark all of them.

Then you can keep abreast of the latest trends in self-publishing and writing and continue to learn about writing and self-publishing.


Related reading: Amazon Self-Publishing Problems And Solutions

Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent teaching English and writing, as well as testing and taming new technology.

5 thoughts on “Eight Must Read Self-Publishing Blogs For Authors

  • August 6, 2020 at 9:23 am

    For new self publishers,this stuff is really informative and thanks for your efforts .Austin

  • January 4, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Thanks for sharing this content. I already read some of these blogs and they are quite helpful. Keep sharing more content.

  • September 6, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Hi Derek! Your list is great. I totally agree with you that professional blogs are a great source of valuable knowledge. It would be great if you could have a look at my new article about ten top digital publishing experts worth to know and follow.

  • July 3, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Here they are, Hillary,


  • July 3, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Would you mind giving those writers’ Twitter addresses, please? Except for Joanna Penn, I’m having trouble figuring out how to follow them.

    It’s probably just my incompetence, but I really appreciate the help.

    And thank you for such constant great content!!


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