Judith Rook  (with Alison Dere)

The Five most influential Indie Author Advocates on Twitter

I tend to suffer from FOMO (the fear of missing out), so when I come across a site or blog that seems to throw useful light on the business of book promoting, I save it in my bookmarks.  This results in huge lists of sources which I never find time to consult, so periodically I clear them all out – and start again, of course.

You get the idea.

This is a labyrinth in England.  You get the idea.

What I need, I have decided, is a broader perspective on the available sources about the huge area of independent book publishing, so when I learned about the following list, I asked permission to feature it as a guest post because it provides some excellent shortcuts through the information maze.  Here it is.


If you’re an indie author – or planning to self-publish a book – follow these people to get insider tips and useful advice.

  1. Mark Coker @markcoker

Founder of Smashwords the giant ebook distributing company, Mark Coker has access to data and publishing trends. Although he doesn’t tweet much and rarely interacts with followers, his insider information is gold for indie authors.


  1. Rayne Hall @raynehall

Author of the bestselling Writer’s Craft guide and pubishing strategist, Rayne Hall tweets frequently about writing and publishing. Watch for her #writetip and #indiepubtip memes. Rayne interacts with followers and answers publishing-related questions.


  1. Joanna Penn @thecreativepenn

A marketing expert for indie publishers, Joanna Penn tweets many links to useful articles and blog posts. She engages in brief exchanges with followers.


  1. Jane Friedman @JaneFriedman

Author and publishing adviser,  Jane Friedman regularly posts links to publishing-related web posts. She often replies to tweets from her followers.


  1. Joel Friedlander @JFbookman

Provider of ready-formatted templates for books, Joel Friedlander tweets mostly links to posts about indie publishing. He doesn’t interact much.


Which other important indie publishing advocates do you follow? Post your recommendations in the Comments section.


  1. Shenae

    I have been thinking about self-publishing if I ever get through writing this book I’ve mentally written so many times. It seems like I’m missing out on some valuable information by not being on twitter. I will try to see if I can find them on Facebook until I figure out how to use Twitter lol. Maybe their nuggets of wisdom can give me the gentle shove I need to start putting some words down on paper instead of storing them away in mind.

    1. JudithRook (Post author)

      Hello Shenae,
      If you’re not on Twitter yet, you can still look these people up.
      Mark Coker’s ideas can be found on the general “Smashwords” site https://www.smashwords.com/about . He is a person who believes in helping independent authors to get started, and he offers some free ebooks, for example, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/145431 .
      Another person you can look up easily is Rayne Hall. Her books are published on Amazon Kindle, and she has an interesting/helpful website: http://www.raynehall.com .
      You can do similar searches for the other people on the list. They all have very helpful material to offer.
      Because you’re just in the beginning stages of becoming an independently published author, I wouldn’t be too concerned about getting onto Twitter (unless you really want to, and it has its own brand of interest and contact).
      It might be best if you were on Facebook and became a member of one of the writers’ or readers’ groups. You can learn a lot about the world of the “indie” author that way.
      In any case, good luck, and please do continue writing your book. And please contact me again if you feel that I can help.


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