Scrivener – https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php – Brian and I used this to map out our stories and keep track of our research. You would be amazed at how much research goes into learning about a Norse Goddess or a Loa.
Tip: Use one index card per scene and make sure that there is some sort of change in the scene. Write a few sentences summarizing the scene on the front (Just enough for you to understand the scene). On the back write the scene. We don’t write the scenes until all of the summaries are done. That way we can see the entire corkboard and watch the evolution of the story. It is there that we delete scenes or add them.
SELF PUBLISHING ASSOCIATIONS
Alliance of Independent Authors: http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org – You don’t have to venture into the world of self-publishing alone. Not only do these guys have a great blog with just about everything you need to know about self-publishing, but members also congregate on Facebook, where we offer each other a treasure trove of info we’ve learned. They are in the UK but some of us are here in the U.S. Most of the information I’ve received can be applied globally.
Independent Book Publisher Association: http://www.ibpa-online.org – These guys offer significant discounts to self-publishing and publicity resources.
SELF PUBLISHING DISTRIBUTION
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com – We use them for Print On Demand print books. They are owned by Amazon and offer a lot of helpful advice.
Kindle Direct Publishing: https://kdp.amazon.com – Also owned by Amazon, they offer distribution to the Kindle platform. Make sure to like the Facebook page for helpful articles about self-publishing and promotion.
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com – They will distribute your ebook to Apple, Nook, KOBO and many, many more.