Welcome to Paul's Podcast Diary for Monday 2nd September, 2019.
Coming up this week:
- In a specially extended episode I'll be sharing my tech toolkit for indie authors
This diary charts my self-publishing journey – the ups the downs, the successes and the failures.
Everything goes into this diary, week-by-week, but you'll also find it a source of great tips, resources, tools, podcast recommendations and so on.
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My Tech Toolkit For Indie Authors
It’s important that software services have apps – I do everything I can to use services which are cloud-based. Scrivener is the exception, but I don’t like cloud writing tools. I’d use Google Docs if I wrote in the cloud. I don’t like StoryShop and I LOVE Novel Factory, but I don’t use it for writing.
If you don't have a website, remember that you can build basic landing pages using MailerLite:
My MailerLite sci-fi landing page: https://www.subscribepage.com/paul-teague-sci-fi
My MailerLite thriller landing page: https://www.subscribepage.com/paul-teague
This gives you a simple web presence AND allows you to start building your mailing list straight away.
I use WordPress for my websites: https://wordpress.org/
Note: I do not install WordPress via that website, I use an auto-installer provided via cpanel which my hosting service makes available to me.
I use Siteground's WordPress hosting for building websites – see my referral link here.
I have used OptimizePress for many years: https://www.optimizepress.com/
I use Thrive Themes for marketing related tools: https://thrivethemes.com/membership-pricing/
Elementor is a great, free WordPress website builder: https://elementor.com/
I use the Classic Editor plugin to suppress the horrible new block editor in WordPress: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/classic-editor/ [this is supported until december 2021]
I use Manage XP to manage multiple WordPress websites: https://managewp.com/
I use Sucuri for WordPress security: https://sucuri.net/
Fasthosts for my domain names: https://www.fasthosts.co.uk/
My WordPress book:
I use Authy instead of Google Authenticator: https://authy.com/
I'm a big fan of Lastpass for managing my passwords: https://www.lastpass.com/
Web & mobile security
Avast is my preferred security tool for my PC and mobile phone: https://www.avast.com
Buffer was my preferred tool, the interface is about to go horrible 🙁 https://login.buffer.com
MailerLite is my preferred tool – my referral link here
PLEASE check out Canva here: https://www.canva.com/
BookBrush is highly recommended if you advertise your books – my referral link is here
MyEcovermaker is a great tool for creating 3D images – my referral link is here
ALSO for image cut-outs https://www.remove.bg/
The one software you must buy is Vellum: https://vellum.pub/
Scrivener is the ‘must have' writing software: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview
Google Drive is a great, free alternative: https://www.google.com/drive/
Camtasia is my ‘must-have' video and audio editing software: https://www.techsmith.com/store/camtasia
Most people use Audacity (but I hate it!): https://www.audacityteam.org/
Libsyn is excellent for podcast syndication: https://libsyn.com/plans-and-pricing/
Auphonic can be used for polishing your audio quality: https://auphonic.com/
Zoom is a great Skype alternative: https://www.zoom.us
Use GeniusD2D for geo-located links – my referral link is here.
Draft2Digital's linking tool – my referral link here.
PrettyLinks in WordPress: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/
Trying out CountingUp app – all-in-one banking & accounts: https://countingup.com/
Currently use QuickBooks self-employed, want something that takes less time … quicker to reconcile and MTD compatible: https://quickbooks.intuit.com
Delivering free e-Books
BookFunnel (my preferred service):https://bookfunnel.com/
Prolific Works: https://www.prolificworks.com/
Interesting, free keyword tool: https://www.publishingwithlove.com/kindle-kdp-keywords-search-tools
PublisherRocket – for book-related keyword research: https://publisherrocket.com/
KLytics – for hot niche & category research: https://k-lytics.com/
Virtual office address
This is an amazing service for your virtual office address: https://www.ukpostbox.com/
I use (and love!) Invoco for business telephony: https://www.invoco.net/
Skype is a must for simple comms: https://www.skype.com
I use a whiteboard and printed sheets – you can download my printed sheet template here.
I used Trello for recording and organising notes: https://trello.com/
I used Slack for my Military Sci-Fi collaboration: https://slack.com/
Asana is another good tool: https://asana.com/
Here is the task management software that I forgot the name of: https://www.process.st/
Zoom is a great Skype alternative: https://www.zoom.us
Skype for web: https://www.skype.com/en/features/skype-web/
Google Drive: https://www.google.com/drive/
GoodSynch is great for to hard drives: https://www.goodsync.com/
Travel – Chrome book:
This week's mentions …
After a lot of thought and a detour to get a decent shot, here is a view of Mt. Baker across the border in Washington State USA, which, due to continuous venting, is considered by some as an active volcano. @PaulTeagueUK pic.twitter.com/Dxzvs55mHr
— Edwin Downward (@edwindownward) August 26, 2019
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