Resources and Links

Eight Cousins has provided these links as resources for self-published authors. We cannot be held responsible for the information provide, but we do encourage all new authors to do as much research as possible about the publishing industry and on independent book stores. 

As an independent bookstore, we highly recommend working with Ingram Spark. Ingram is one of the largest book distributors in the United States and will handle printing, warehousing, and distribution. These three items are crucial in publishing, but often overlooked. Furthermore, having your book available through Ingram means it can be ordered by any indpendent bookstore in the country. Most (not all) of us have accounts with Ingram and order regularly. Finally, the Eight Cousins website draws from Ingram for its book search. If your book is in Ingram, it will appear on our site. Many other independents are the same. Working with Ingram allows you to work easily with independent bookstores.

Ingram Spark

Want to know more? Ingram published a book:

The Ingramspark Guide to Independent Publishing

Publishers Weekly Select

Four times a year, Publishers Weekly publishes PW Select, a supplement dedicated to covering the self-publishing industry that features interviews with authors, book announcements and listings, news, features, analysis, book reviews, and more.


Literary Market Place

Step-By-Step Self Publishing

Book Cover Designs


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Help Along the Way

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3 Mac Apps to help you self-publish your book

How my book became a (self-published) best seller

10 Proofreading Tips for Self-Publishers

Does Blogging Sell Books?

Self-Publishers: The New Generation of Cool Kids

Book Marketing: 9 Activities to Boost Your Author Career

This Is THE BEST Time To Be A Writer, If You Work For It

The New Era of Self-Publishing

The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book

Dos and Don’ts for a Good Self-Published PR Experience



On working with independent book stores:

So, You Think You’re a Local Author?

How To Reach Readers: Befriend Your Local Bookshop