Tools and Resources for AuthorsSeveral of my clients are authors.  As a publisher of three literary websites, I share a special kinship with them. So here’s a list of tools and resources especially for authors.

  1. BookFunnel – Do you want to give a free story or novel away when people sign up for your newsletter?  BookFunnel is the way to go! For a small fee this service allows people to select the format for the download. Kindle, Nook, Kobo, PDF as well as other formats are all supported.
  2. CreateSpace, owned by Amazon.com, is a way to have books printed on demand.
  3. The Author Marketing Club has a great marketing checklist for authors. Each item on the checklist has a helpful video. While you’re at AMC, check out the benefits of membership.  They offer tools and marketing training for authors.
  4. Hootsuite allows you to schedule social media posts in advance and all from one screen.
  5. AWeber and phpList are two companies that can help you with your email list or newsletter.  AWeber is more expensive but is easier to use.
  6. Some authors, especially in the non-fiction market, self-publish in PDF format. E-Junkie and 1ShoppingCart.com are great shopping cart systems that can help authors sell PDF books.
  7. Here’s a handy list of what to include in your online press kit.
  8. Authors need websites.  I’ve made several author websites using WordPress. The sites look great, are mobile friendly and easy to update.  Often people hire me to set up their website and then I show them how to make most of the updates on their own. If you’re an author who’s interested in a WordPress site, I’d love to help you. Contact me to learn more.
  9. Speaking of WordPress websites, AuthorMedia has some WordPress plugins developed just for authors.  You can find out about MyBookProgress, MyBookTable and MySpeakingEvents on their website.  
  10. For the inside scoop on one organization’s book launches check out ProBlogger’s How Our eBook Launches Have Evolved (after 235,000 eBook Sales)

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