MARK DAWSON’S SELF PUBLISHING FORMULA
Best-selling author Mark Dawson, and the SPF team are your go-to guys if you’re an indie author and are looking for sound advice on all things self-publishing. Their weekly podcasts offer advice on every possible aspect of self-publishing, as well as free materials, cheat sheets and ebooks. The SPF Facebook groups are the best and most helpful author communities on the web. Mark and the SPF team are often in the group, and their e-mail support is always happy to answer any questions or doubts. If you only have enough time to listen to one podcast a week, then pick the SPF guys. And if you sign up to their newsletter, you will also be able to join their Facebook groups and have access to freebies.
THE CREATIVE PENN
Joanna Penn is a best-selling thriller author, as well as a very well-known non-fiction author, who’s been sharing tips and advice with the indie community for a few years now. In addition to multiple books on how to write, publish, and market your books, she has a weekly podcast and offers courses for newbies and more self-assured authors.
SMART MARKETING FOR AUTHORS
Chris Syme is an award-winning marketer and she teaches the strategies on how to sell more books with less marketing. She offers paid and free classes, and she hosts the Smarty Pants Book Marketing Podcast, a weekly podcast with her daughter, Becca Syme, who’s a best-selling author. Their podcasts are informative and often include guests. Especially recommended for authors who are looking for tips to help with their marketing.
THE WRITING GALS
Four romance authors have banded together to help other indie authors. They host their podcasts on their YouTube channel and have a Facebook group where romance authors can share tips, get help, and interact with other indie authors. They focus mainly on sweet/clean romance.
NAJLA QAMBER DESIGNS
Need a cover, teaser, logo or promotional material? Need a beautiful formatting for your book? Najla is your girl. Affordable rates, quick turnaround and an absolute pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her services to anyone looking for an eye-catching cover for their books. Feel free to tell her I sent her – I won’t get any referral fees for this, but I’m always happy to let her know I’m sending new clients over to her.
LOVE KISSED BOOK BARGAINS
Promos for romance books (any subgenre) at an affordable price. Nicole is a best-selling author and enjoys helping other authors succeed. She also offers one-on-one coaching. If you’re on a tight budget but want to reach avid romance readers, check out Love Kissed Book Bargains.
SITEGROUND HOSTING SERVICES
Self-hosted websites are always the best solution, but with so many hosting companies available, which one should you trust? After reading lots of positive reviews, I decided to sign up with SiteGround and I’ve been extremely happy with my decision. For once, cheap rates equal great hosting and top-notch customer service. You can even chat with them before signing up; a customer rep will answer all your questions, and if you decide to go ahead, they’ll migrate your website within minutes.
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Mailchimp is one of the most popular e-mail marketing companies. It is free up to 2,000 subscribers and they now offer automation to everyone, even those on the free plan. It’s easy to use and integrates with a lot of services.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the expensive mailing list providers, try MailerLite. It’s the new kid on the block, but it offers automations and integration for half the price of the bigger providers. Click on the image to take advantage of my personal referral code and get a special discount on your subscription.
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LEARN SCRIVENER FAST
Already have Scrivener but going crazy trying to figure it out? Let the Scrivener Coach guide you through all the basic steps, as well as let you in on some ninja tricks to take advantage of all of Scrivener’s features, whether you’re using it to write a book or to organize your blog posts.
Draft2Digital helps you publish and distribute your books through several different channels (such as Kobo, iBooks, B&N, Overdrive, and more keep being added) from one dashboard, in exchange for a small percentage of your royalties. They also have an easy formatting tool that helps you convert your Word file to Mobi, epub, and PDF for print.
KDP Rocket is a useful tool that helps you find Amazon keywords, categories, compare other books in your niche, find AMS keywords in only a few seconds. Enter a search term and KDP Rocket will find the related keywords, and it will also tell you the number of searches for that keyword and the average monthly earnings. All with only one click. There’s no subscription service. You only have to buy it once (it is currently priced at 97$) and it’s yours forever. You will also get free updates whenever the software is improved.