Tech Tools

ISBNs
International Standard Book Numbers are free in Canada.
Register at Library and Archives Canada

Barcodes
Barcode are needed if you want to sell a print book in stores with bar-scanning system. ISBNs are built into barcodes to make them scannable (stores can also type in the ISBN). Some people get their barcodes from graphic designers. However for a donation you can get a good quality barcode from this barcode generator website: www.terryburton.co.uk

QR Codes (Note: these may be an outdated fad.)
QR Code Generators List

Domain Names
It is possible to have a blog without having your own domain name (e.g. Weebly, Wix, and Tumblr http://3penny.tumblr.com) let you to set up a blog with, or without, a custom domain name.  However, it looks much more professional and will make marketing easier if you have your own custom domain name.

Before you buy a domain name, read this author blog full of good tips.  Also to keep in mind: once you buy your domain don’t accidentally let it expire or it may be extremely costly to get back. So when you buy a domain, it is safer to set it to auto-renew (but be aware, some companies like Go-Daddy will auto-renew for the same number of years that you first purchased and you might suddenly get a big charge showing up on your credit card).

A few recommended companies to buy a domain name: DreamHost, NameCheap, Name.com, Gandi.net, and IslandHosting (a local Victoria BC company that also has very good hosting services and customer service).
Islandhosting.com

Ebook tools (see ebook section)

Audio Book Tools
Iambik – converts books to audio books
ACX – turn your book into an audio book
BookTrack – add a soundtrack to a book trailer or audio book

Readers’ Tools
Shelfie -keep track of your books
Wattpad (read and write)
GoodReads (read, review, author pages)

Marketing Tools
Shorten and customize your book’s URL
Do a website meta-data audit
Learn google key words
What is SEO? (SearchEngineLand)
What is SEO? (SearchEngineWatch)
Free SEO Tools (Moz.com)
Free way to check who links to your website (OpenLink)

Graphics Tools
Canva – online graphics tool especially good for social media needs
PicMonkey – photo-editing, collage & more (see prices)
GIMP – free image editor
Morguefile – free stock images for commercial use

Have an idea for a resource? Send an email.

Check under the Self-Publishing Resources tab for more information to help you publish your own book.

Note: Links and information are for research purposes and do not replace professional advice. Accuracy of third-party websites cannot be verified and links do not indicate endorsement.