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4 Easy-to-Use Self-Publishing Resources

🌸 Hi! 🌸 Today I wanted to share with you some resources to help you on your journey to become a self-pubished author.  These are all resources that I have tried and I am very happy with them!

Let’s dive right in:

1. Free Photos with Pixabay and Pexels

You no longer have to spend a ton of money to get a beautiful book cover.  Today, there are websites that offer high-quality, royalty-free photos.  With a bit of creativity, you can use these photos to create your book covers.

“Over 1.5 million royalty free stock photos” can be found on Pixabay and “Best free stock photos in one place” on Pexels.

Here are some Pixabay examples I found by searching “romance”


Tip: Use very specific searches and not the first photo that pops up~ or you might see it used in many other places as well.

For instance, how many times have you seen this girl? 👇😂


2. Free Photo Editing with Pixlr X

Once you have your photo(s), you need to edit them and turn them into your book cover.  You can use Photoshop, which is quite advanced (in my opinion) or you can use Paint, which is too simple.  Here comes Pixlr X to the rescue!

Pixlr X offers practical adjustments (size, crop, etc), special effects, beautiful overlays, borders, fun stickers, and TONS of wonderful fonts.

Here is an example of a super simple book cover I made just now, in less than five minutes!  Just imagine what you can do with more time:

Photo I used (before)


2-minute book cover (after)

An ebook cover example

Tip:  Play around with Pixlr to get comfortable with it, and see all the awesome things it can do!

3. Smashwords (Self-Publishing Site)

Smashwords is where I first dipped my toes into the world of self-publishing, and I haven’t looked back since!  Compared to other websites, I was happy with the percentage per sales that went straight to me.

Smashwords distributes your ebook to iBooks, Kobo, libraries, Nook, and more once you upload it~ no work on your part!  It also provides you with a free ISBN.

Smashwords also provides you with an author page where people can follow you.  Here is mine as an example.

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Tip: Use the Smashwords Style Guide to know their document and cover requirements.

4. Kindle Direct Publishing (or KDP)

One seller that Smashwords doesn’t reach is Amazon/Kindle.  But no worries!  With KDP, you can publish your book on one of the most trusted and visited sites around.

Kindle Direct Publishing gives you wonderful options, such as adding your ebook to Kindle Unlimited and many printed paperback options.

Though I am fairly new to KDP, I chose this avenue for paperback copies of my non-fiction book, Living Free of Alcohol, and I was happy with the quality and ease of use!


Look at me so happy! 😁

I truly hope these resources help you on your journey to self-publishing!

Do you have some resources of your own?  Share them in the comments for other authors to check out 😊

Write on,


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