Resources

Here are a few tools and resources I use every day or regularly which really help build my business. Hope you find them useful.

eBook Syndication

Smashwords.com
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.

Draft2Digital.com
Distribution to Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook and Amazon

eBook production

Pressbooks.com
Based on WordPress. Just copy in your chapters as if to a blog and Pressbooks generate eBook files based on various templates.

Scrivener
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.

Book covers

99 Designs
Have designers submit cover designs based on your brief and then choose the winner.

eBook delivery

Bookfunnel
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.

List Builders

Bookfunnel
(see above)

BookBoast
Swap email sends for your latest books or book offers and push sales or your email list.

Instafreebie
A fast growing popular platform for authors that can help you grow your list quickly.

Publish on Demand

Fastpencil.com
A Do it all service with an excellent free authoring platform, along with Ingram and major eBook distribution.

Sales Tracking

Pronoun
Publish through Pronoun for free and get useful sales and rank tracking.

Online Business

Asana
Keep on top of your project tasks with this app.

Slack
We use this to input ideas and conversation between team members via #channels

Google Apps
You can move your main domain over to Google and integrate your main email into a gmail interface, share documents and sync calendars with your associates and partners.

Google Alerts
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!

Dropbox
Syncs my laptop, phone and main PC, no more emailing back and forth and keeps all or files in one place.

Aweber
This autoresponder just keeps improving and is an essential part of your business.

Hostgator
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.

Namecheap
For domain names which are then pointed over to hostgator.

Fiverr.com
Gigs from $5. Choose an array of useful services if on a budget

I will add to and update this page on a regular basis.

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