Recommended Resources for Authors

On this page, I have shared some of my favorite resources for authors. You might also want to check out my list of books for authors here, and my author blog here.

My Top 10 Resources for Authors

  1. Dropbox – I think Dropbox is a must have for any author. It backs up your files in a cloud that you can access from any computer. You can share folders with co-authors, cover designers, editors, and more. I simply LOVE it and would be lost with out it. It takes the need for e-mailing files back and forth out of the equation, allows you to work on your book/project from any computer (or device) and best of all, it’s free.
  2. SmartURL – This is a free tool I use for re-directing Amazon links to the correct countries. You can find out more about it in this post I wrote for TrainingAuthors.com.
  3. Bluehost – I used to use Bluehost to host all of my websites. I love how affordable it is, and how easy it is to navigate, however, I started having issues with downtime, so I decided to switch. More info coming soon.
  4. TrafficWave  – I use TrafficWave as my main e-mail list management service. As much as I loathe e-mail, I think it’s one of the most powerful tools available to authors. Every author should have a list. TrafficWave makes that affordable and easy to manage.
  5. LastPass – I LOVE LastPass. It keeps me sane by managing all my logins, passwords and also allows me to give access to specific accounts to outsourcers without giving them my password. Plus, I can access it on any computer and on my phone.  There is a free and paid version, both are awesome. You can watch my LastPass tutorial here.
  6. Microsoft Office (Word, PPT, Excel) – Obviously, every author needs a word processor. I personally love Microsoft Word. Openoffice.org has a similar software available for free, and I have used it in the past, but I simply love Microsoft Office and use it for all of my books, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  7. Dollar Photo Club – Dollar Photo Club is a subscription service for royalty free photos. You get nine, print quality graphics every month with your subscription, and it is where I get all most all of my photos. I use graphics for my books, on my website/blog, and for social media, etc.
  8. Photoshop – I use photoshop for designing everything from blog images to book covers. I’ve tried the free software that’s out there to do these things, and I just love how fluid Photoshop is. It is an investment, but it is my favorite graphic editing tool, and I really think it’s worth it. It will save you a ton of time and headaches.
  9. WordSwag – WordSwag is an app I have on my iPhone. It simplifies the creation of quote photos and lets me easily add my watermark and share them on social media. I simply LOVE it.
  10. The Sell More Books 30-Day Challenge Workbook – This is a step-by-step walkthrough of how to sell your book that I put together with Shelley Hitz. But it’s not just a recommendation. I use this system for all of my own books, and having it all together in one workbook is huge. The workbook comes with complete access to our video training course, all for one low price.

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People and Places to Follow

  • Shelley Hitz has some great information for non-fiction authors/entrepreneurs. You can get her free video training and find out more at http://www.booklybooks.com/ascent
  • Chandler Bolt is an entrepreneur who became a six-figure author shortly after launching his first book. If you are a non-fiction author, I highly recommend checking out his free book launch video series. It’s available here: http://www.booklybooks.com/chandlerbolt
  • CrossReads has both free and paid memberships for Christian authors to help you promote your book to Christian readers. You can find out more at  http://booklybooks.com/crossreadsauthors
  • The Christian Women’s Writer’s Club also has both free and paid memberships for Christian women to help promote your books. I am on their volunteer role and write book reviews for their reader site. They are pretty new, but I love their vision. You can find out more at: http://cwwriters.com

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