My Favourite Writing Resources

I have discovered a lot of excellent writing resources on my self-publishing journey to date and I'm keen to share them with you on this page.

You'll hear me refer to them time and again in any training, interviews or presentations that I give.

Most of these are affiliate links, so please check out my Disclosure & Endorsements policy here.

Buying through the affiliate links on this site helps to pay for the time and costs involved in providing this podcast.

Scrivener

What can I say about Scrivener?

It's completely changed my writing experience for the better.

Don't keep struggling with Word, break through the Scrivener learning curve and you'll never look back.

See my blog post and demo here.

Get it here: https://self-publishing-academy.com/SC

MyEcoverMaker.com

It used to be a devil of a job getting 3D covers created, these days life is sweet!

I really love this tool, once I get the basic graphics from my cover designer, I create many different versions for marketing purposes.

You can read my comments on this product and see a video demonstration in my blog post here.

Get it here: https://self-publishing-academy.com/MEM

ALLI

ALLI stands for The Alliance of Independent Authors.

It is a support organisation for indie authors which is highly recommended.

Not only is it a trusted source of great information, ALLI also provides regular events, Q&A sessions and promo opportunities.

Get it here: https://self-publishing-academy.com/alli

Learn Scrivener Fast

Much as I love Scrivener, it does have a learning curve.

The accepted ‘authority' product in this area is ‘Learn Scrivener Fast'.

It tends to be a little flaky on the PC side of things, focusing much more on Macs, but it is certainly comprehensive and will show you all the neat tricks that are hiding inside the software.

Get it here: https://self-publishing-academy.com/LSF

99Designs

If you're an indie author, you must use great covers on your books.

It makes me cry when I think how much my fiction covers cost me, but I know that it's a necessary business expense, it can't be avoided.

99Designs is an intermediate option, it won't cost as much as going to an individual designer but you'll get a design of the same sort of quality.

I've used 99Designs for book covers and logo design in the past, and would use it again, it's a very good service.

Get it here: https://self-publishing-academy.com/99

Action Machine

This is my favourite time management tool, though I use a different version, mine is called ‘The Results Machine'.

You're best checking out the product demonstration video via the link below, but this is the tool that helps me to write 5k words at each sitting.

I use it for distraction-free, timed writing and I wouldn't be without it – it forces those words out of me when I'd rather be looking at my Facebook feed 🙂

Get it here: https://self-publishing-academy.com/AM

Book Report

If you sell books on Amazon, make sure that you use this tool.

Amazon's reports are not a lot of use to you when you have more than one book.

I want to know know which book sold how many copies and what money I made.

This tool does it all, and it's free until you reach a certain threshold.

Once you reach that threshold, you won't mind paying anyway 🙂

Get it here: https://self-publishing-academy.com/BR

Pretty Link

I have used Pretty Link on this page, it's a great way of tidying up affiliate or very long URLs.

It works like bit.ly, only it's branded for your own website domain, which looks much more professional.

It's excellent for sharing long, horrible-looking URls.

For instance, here is Amazon's links to one of my books:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebooks-Grid-Fall-Justice-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B015XPFZB0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1460048788&sr=8-3&keywords=paul+teague

Here is a ‘redirected' link created with PrettyLink, all beautiful, tidy and branded:

https://self-publishing-academy.com/TheGrid1

Read my blog post and watch a video demonstration here.

Get it here: https://self-publishing-academy.com/PL