Quarantine days are a bit quieter, and there's never been a better time to step into a creative mindset and write. The IngramSpark community is hyper-engaged right now, and WE 👏 SEE 👏 YOU! 👏 To keep the creative juices flowing, we've rounded up some of our top writing and publishing resources to keep you stimulated and sane while you're at home!
There's never been a better time to hop online and connect with your fellow writers. Not sure where to start? We've got some ideas below.
- Follow IngramSpark on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for education, inspiration, and fun giveaways!
- Join IngramSpark's Facebook Group to connect with your fellow IngramSpark authors and writers.
- Tag us in your #SparkUnboxing videos for a chance to be featured.
- Check out our IGTV with Monique (you can catch the full video on YouTube!), and stay tuned for more Instagram Live videos featuring advice from indie authors just like you.
Tag us in your writing posts on social media and use our hashtag #StayHomeStayWriting for a chance to be featured!
30-Day Writing Challenge
We launched a 30-Day Writing Challenge in November 2019, and since then over 5,000 writers have signed up to participate!
While we all do our best to stay home, we invite you to join the 30-Day Writing Challenge—designed to boost your creativity with writing tips and tricks, inspiration and motivation (who couldn't use a funny GIF right now?!), and resources to guide you along your writing journey.
Blog Posts on Writing
IngramSpark's blog has a huge variety of writing blog posts, with tips from bestselling authors to help you write the next big hit.
Here are a few to start with:
FREE Publishing Resources
When it comes to self-publishing your work, we know that for most people, there's a bit of a learning curve. That's why we created a complete suite of self-publishing guides available for you to download anytime, anywhere.
These guides will help you understand the complete process of self-publishing a book, making it available for sale, and marketing your book to readers. We've highlighted a few of our favorites below, and you can check out a full list of the guides available for download here.
Online Self-Publishing Courses
The IngramSpark Academy offers FREE online courses on a variety of topics, and they each take less than an hour to complete. That means you can finish an entire course over your lunch break. Set a goal to complete all four courses over the next month—you won't regret it.
- How to Self-Publish a Book: learn the benefits of self-publishing, the book publishing process, and what you need to self‑publish professionally.
How to Build an Author Platform: discover how to find your book’s audience and how to connect with readers.
Social Media Marketing: find out how best to develop a social media marketing strategy that promotes your book and author platform.
How to Increase Book Sales Potential: learn how to increase book sales potential by making better use of your book metadata.
We're putting the finishing touches on a new course launching soon... stay tuned for updates!
In January of 2018, IngramSpark launched the Go Publish Yourself podcast and since then, we've produced 50+ episodes with over 100,000 listens in 70+ countries.
Check out some of our top episodes of all time:
If you like what you hear, please subscribe and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! Stay tuned for a new season launching summer 2020.
If you're reading this post, you probably know by now that we have a self-publishing blog. But did you know that we've broken it down into categories?
IngramSpark is hard at work to support writers and authors affected by COVID-19. We pledge to work through these unprecedented times with you and hope that these resources spark creativity in your upcoming writing ventures!