As authors, we can vouch for the following services
Authors A.I. is committed to helping authors improve their story craft, create better books and gain more readers. We offer a suite of services, including our artificial intelligence Marlowe 2.0 and our online learning community, to grow and thrive as professional writers.
The following is a selection of organizations and services we believe can help advance your writing career, from editorial and production to sales, marketing and distribution. Many of these partners will provide valuable discounts when you use the links below to learn more about their services and programs.
Share your story with the world! IngramSpark is the world’s leading online self-publishing company, allowing indie authors to produce, distribute and manage high-quality print and ebooks at affordable prices. Plus, they provide access to Ingram Book Group’s global distribution network for print and ebooks, including print-on-demand facilities around the world. And IngramSpark offers indie authors invaluable free educational resources and tools — including a library of self-publishing courses at IngramSpark Academy — to help every author publish and market their books like a pro.
Reedsy is changing the way books are published by giving authors and publishers access to talented professionals, powerful tools and free educational content. They’ve built a community of more than 1 million authors and 2,500 freelancers, helping them bring more than 15,000 books to market each year. And Reedsy works only with editors, designers, marketers and ghostwriters who have experience crafting books that land on the New York Times bestseller list or other quality indexes. Best of all, Reedsy provides all these tools for free so that authors can learn and then concentrate on what they do best: writing.
Alliance of Independent Authors
The Alliance of Independent Authors is a professional nonprofit membership organization for self-published authors, providing supportive guidance, trusted advice and a range of resources within a welcoming community of authors and advisors. Some of things that make ALLi such a valuable resource for writers include its advice forum and blog, live videos and podcasts covering all aspects of the publishing journey, and a selection of ALLi Approved services, often available to members at a special price.
BingeBooks is a book discovery site built by authors for readers. BingeBooks (developed by the Authors A.I. team) invites any published author in the world to showcase their books and grow their reader base — at no charge. Authors fill out a short form and BingeBooks creates an author page and imports their books in a matter of minutes or hours. (Here’s an explanation of the benefits and a link to the form.) BingeBooks is a community site, not a retailer, but it has a robust catalog of hundreds of thousands of books from indie authors, all Big Five publishing houses and an increasing number of independent presses. If you’re an author, you have control over the makeup of your author page and book pages, and you just add links to anywhere your books are for sale. Authors can also interact with readers, form groups, create lists and more. The BingeBooks Book Club holds an interactive video chat with a different author every month.
BookFunnel is an outstanding indie author service that specializes in professional and efficient ebook and audio distribution. The platform provides ARCs (advance reader copies) and reader magnets, mailing list development, direct sales, creative tools that save indie authors time and money and much more. With BookFunnel, authors control their ebook downloads from a single hub and can customize their approach to different types of readers. BookFunnel offer three plans to match where authors are in their careers, including First Time, Mid-list and Bestseller. (Disclosure: Founder Damon Courney is one of our advisors.)
Kobo Writing Life
Kobo Writing Life is the free self-publishing portal that lets authors and publishers create, edit and upload ebooks to Kobo. With Kobo Writing Life, you own your rights, set your prices and run your own promotions. When you choose to distribute your content through Kobo Writing Life, you’re making it available to millions of readers in more than 200 countries.
Independent Book Publishing Association
The Independent Book Publishing Association (IBPA) connects its 3,500 members to the publishing industry and provides a voice for their concerns. Upon joining, you’ll receive full access to IBPA’s members-only Discussion Forums, a subscription to IBPA Independent — a bimonthly magazine filled with practical advice — targeted annual conferences, vendors discounts, free webinars and more.
Kindlepreneur is a free online platform that helps aspiring and established authors improve their craft, sell more ebooks and build successful writing careers. The site was created by internet marketing guru and SEO expert Dave Chesson. One of Kindlepreneur’s main focuses is on teaching authors how to use keywords strategically to improve Amazon and Google search rankings for their titles. The site also contains a vast library of useful articles, interviews, blog posts, podcasts and online courses covering all areas of independent publishing.
Books Forward & Books Fluent
Books Forward is a highly regarded marketing and author branding service that tailors campaigns to meet the needs of each client based on release dates, long-term goals, budgets and other criteria. Their creative publicity and marketing campaigns help authors land on bestseller lists, garner mainstream media exposure and even traditional publishing deals. Services include media outreach, event coordination, social media support, digital marketing and more.
Its sister business, Books Fluent, specializes in taking authors’ manuscripts and transforming them into professional, indie-published books that meet industry standards. They help authors manage the detailed process of publishing independently and ensure that each book has the best shot at successful publicity and marketing. Services include developmental and copy editing, design and layout, creating physical and digital books and distribution advice.
National Association of Independent Writers & Editors
The National Association of Independent Writers & Editors (NAIWE) helps members learn how to create multiple streams of writing income. NAIWE knows that a writing or editing career isn’t all about the art or money. It’s about creativity, independence and the fulfillment that comes from earning a great living doing what you love. Join and get 10% off initial dues. Plus, once you’re enrolled, a “Member of NAIWE” icon is provided to add to your social media profiles or website; when someone clicks on the link from your page and joins NAIWE, you earn 10% of their initial dues payment.
Open Road Media
Open Road Media is a global ebook publisher whose catalog includes legendary authors such as Joan Didion, Graham Greene, William Styron, Alice Walker, Pat Conroy and Octavia Butler. Ignition is the company’s suite of marketing services offering publishers and authors Open Road’s consumer marketing and sales expertise. The highest level is a revenue-share program with an extensive marketing for selected titles. Partners pays nothing until sales exceed what they were able to sell before joining the program.
Note: The above list of Trusted Partners is based on impartial criteria and independent judgment. No money or compensation exchanged hands and Authors A.I. does not accept paid placements.