Thanks for inviting me to your group. I’m sure I had a great time! (if not, we’ll never speak of it) Here are the links I told you about. Please feel free to share this list, as is, with anyone you’d like. Full disclosure, there are affiliate links for recommended books. I currently use or have used everything I recommend.

Good adventures,


The list:


Facebook Groups to start with: 20Booksto50k and SPF Community.


Free Resources: Writers’ Yellow Pages, Mastering Simple Facebook Ads, Learn Amazon Ads, Writing a Page Turner, How to Work with an Editor, Ten Tips for Topping the Romance Charts, The Vault (searchable transcripts of the first 50 eps of the podcast) – Self Publishing Formula


Bookfunnel – A book delivery system. Join other giveaways and increase your subscribers. Automatically collects reader’s emails and sends them to your mailing list. You can also use them to sell ebooks directly To see it in action and get the sample book I gave out, go to MyBookCode.com and type in the code you received. If you need another code, shoot me an email. mel@melissabanczak.com


Instafreebie– A book delivery system. Automatically collects reader’s emails and send them to your mailing list. Join other giveaways and increase your subscribers.


Mailerlite – a mailing list.  Easy to use tutorials and free for your first 1000 unique subscribers. (this link will give you a $20 credit towards an upgrade)


Sizzling Synopsis – Bryan Cohen is the guru on blurbs

Write to Market – Chris Fox best selling author. Many great books on writing.

How to Market A Book – Joanna Penn Best selling author. Many great books on writing.


Mastering Amazon Ads – Brian Meeks is the guru for Amazon ads. Purchase of his book includes access to his facebook group where he’s available to answer questions. Interacting with Brian and the other members is worth the price of Brian’s book alone.


Author’s Guide to Cover Design – Stuart Bache also teaches a cover design class for the Self Publishing Formula site. If you’re artistic or have experience with Photoshop it’s worth the money. I’m in the class and the quality of covers from the students has been amazing. He has a long history in the publishing world and has done covers for many best sellers. You can hire him to design a cover or buy one of his pre-made covers on his site.


Mark Dawson – get The Cleaner for free and check out his front and back matter. He promotes his back list, asks for reviews, sells upcoming books and brings in high 5 figures a month on Amazon alone. His free resources are listed above.  If you have extra cash laying around, his Publishing 101 class is worth the money. You’ll find links on his site. Self Publishing Formula.


Bookbub – Expensive. Do some research first. Joanna Penn  and  The Career Author Podcast #27 are good places to start.


Free Booksy – Priced by genre for free or discounted books.


Bargain Booksy – Priced by genre for books .99 – $5 or discounted.


Scrivener – $45. For formatting your book. It’s rather like an accordion file folder. There’s room for all your research and your manuscript. Works best with MAC but available for PC too.


Vellum – Expensive. Create gorgeous print and ebooks. Generates files for each store (with correct links for that store) from one masterfile. Easy to use.