Here are a few tools and resources I use every day or regularly which really help build my business. Hope you find them useful.
Distribution to Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook and Amazon
One of the older eBook distribution services, recently re-vamped that gets your eBook into all the major eBook sellers as well as smaller ones.
Based on WordPress. Just copy in your chapters as if to a blog and Pressbooks generate eBook files based on various templates.
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.
If you own an Apple Mac use Vellum. I don’t but am tempted to get one just to use this tool that creates and compiles amazing eBooks.
Have designers submit cover designs based on your brief and then choose the winner.
Service to deliver your books to your readers. Many readers struggle with how to get ebooks onto their devices. This is an awesome service that aims to deal with this problem. They also offer giveaways with an option to help build your email list.
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Swap email sends for your latest books or book offers and push sales or your email list.
A fast-growing popular platform for authors that can help you grow your list quickly.
Print on Demand
Reach Ingram’s bookstore distribution network. There are more set-up costs associated but if you keep an eye on their emails they do give you coupon codes to negate this cost.
Amazon’s POD facility that enables you to upload your cover and interior PDFs, get printed books and have them available on Amazon. Recommend you opt for just Amazon distribution and use IngramSpark for wider book distribution.
Keep on top of your project tasks with this app.
We use this to input ideas and conversation between team members via #channels
Get sent emails instantly as new content is indexed on Google on your chosen keyword phrase. Your first phrase to monitor should be your name!
Syncs my laptop, phone and main PC, no more emailing back and forth and keeps all or files in one place.
This autoresponder just keeps improving and is an essential part of your business.
For the best value web hosting around and in my experience has always been very good, with no problems. Only thing I suggest is not to get domains through them.
For domain names which are then pointed over to hostgator.
Gigs from $5. Choose an array of useful services if on a budget
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