Yesterday, I started the process of creating accounts with several organizations. First, I made an account with Storiad. This is a website that helps authors market their books. It looks fantastic, and I've only just scratched the surface of what it offers.
Next, I created an account with IngramSpark. This will be the company I use to print my physical books. They are very professional and helpful. I can't wait to see the proofs!
Third, I investigated The Alliance of Independent Authors. I see that membership with this group offers some lucrative discounts (with IngramSpark for instance). I haven't signed up yet, and I'll explain why in a moment.
I joined Skillshare and have already taken a class about launching a book.. Building my author platform is next.
Finally, I created an account on GoodReads. It's not an author account yet. I think I have to actually have a published book to qualify for one of those, but it's good to go ahead and get my profile set up and review several books I've read.
Still to do: Amazon Author Page, iTunes, WeMe, and probably a few more.
One thing I have haven't done yet is spend any money. The full Storiad experience is $35 per month and the membership I want at Alliance of Independent Authors is $99 a year. My book doesn't come out until February, so I'd be looking at spending about $250 just for access between now and then. That's a lot right around the holidays with my cover, interior art, map, and proofs yet to pay for. I'm going to do it, I just have to time it right.
Anyway, I'll keep you posted on how it goes and my experience with each of these.