Resources + Freebies

Let’s start with my favorite freebie, shall we? ūüėČ

The Complete Social Media Cheat Sheet for Novelists from TheLadyinRead.com / writing, blogging, indie authors, book promos, social media, writing tips, self-publish

I put together The Complete Social Media Cheat Sheet for Novelists first as a way to keep myself straight. I wanted all of the most useful Instagram hashtags, Twitter chats, Facebook groups, and Pinterest boards for authors in a single document. Since social media is about connecting with others, I wanted to make this available as a way of promoting that connection. As writers, we need each other, so let’s stick together.

Plus, I’m currently putting together a whole library of free resources for novelists, because who the heck doesn’t love FREE stuff?! (But I’m pretty sure free food is still my favorite.)

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Other Excellent Resources

Note: Some of these resources are completely free, and some are paid. Please note that if you purchase a paid item — all of which I personally recommend — I receive a referral commission at no extra cost to you. This support helps me keep my little blog up and running. Thank you so much for your support, and I hope every resource provided genuinely helps you in your journey as a writer.

Writing

Freelance Writers Den РChock full of organized, quality information about earning money as a freelance writer, the Freelance Writers Den contains searchable forums, live trainings and webinars, annual bootcamps, contract templates, e-books, and  more.

Scrivener – Is writing a book without Scrivener even an option anymore? Not for me.

Story Planner Novel Launcher РThis step-by-step system will help you plan and organize your plot, explore your theme and characters, and lay the groundwork for your novel so you can successfully write and publish your book.

Writing Revolt – I was drawn to her story of losing her job and going out on her own as a freelance writer. She made it work, and quickly. Now she posts about how to earn a solid, steady income as a freelance writer.

How to Write a Book – This comprehensive guide to writing a book is an excellent resource for authors. Jerry Jenkins is a NYT bestselling author and biographer, so his advice is definitely valuable.

Blogging

Bluehost – This is what I use for hosting. It’s easy and affordable.

¬†WordPress – I’ve only ever used WordPress, and I have no regrets.

PicMonkey – I create ALL of my blog’s graphics with PicMonkey. It’s extremely easy and affordable.

The Happy Planner‚ĄĘ by me&my big ideas – I’m a little obsessed with my planner (which you can see here), and it has helped me get my writing and blogging schedules organized.

Ivory Mix –¬†I don’t even remember how I found this, but I’m SO glad I did. She has some of the best stock photos for bloggers I’ve seen, which you can access when you join. Plus, she introduced me to the Adobe Color Wheel, which may or may not have changed my life.

The Branded Solopreneur’s Quick and Dirty Guide to Branding – ¬†Thank God for this, because the idea of branding is fun, but it’s overwhelming and definitely not my thing. This little guide taught me the basics and helped me get my blog started.

Meera Kothand’s ¬†Time-Saving Blog Post Template – This is a great guide if you want to blog (say, to build your reader base + sell more books) but you don’t know where to start when building a post.

Creative Market – I love this resource because it supports independent artists. Plus, there are tons of affordable, high-quality graphics, fonts, photos, and more.

How to Blog a Book Template Kit РThis is a great resource for authors who want to blog their way to self-publishing success.

Solstice Theme by Bottomless Themes – It’s what I’m currently using, and I’m very happy with it. Their themes come with helpful how-to documentation to help you set everything up properly.

Editing

Grammarly¬†– The clearest, simplest, easiest-to-use grammar checker I’ve ever seen. I installed this and it has saved me from making some embarrassing mistakes in blog posts and emails. A great tool for all writers, especially those who hate to proofread.

Editorial Freelancers Association – You can search here for editors who will help you get your manuscript ready to publish.

Publishing

AWAI (more info coming soon)

Book Design Templates РSimple and professional-looking, these templates help you lay out your own industry standard print or e-book.

Book Launch Toolkit¬†– Do you know exactly how to launch a¬†new book successfully? I don’t, which is why this toolkit is so great. I plan on using it for my first self-published book.

Social Media

Infamous to Influential¬†– So many people swear by this Instagram course taught by Alex Tooby it’s ridiculous. In this course, she’ll teach you how to effectively use Instagram to connect with your ideal clients, customers, readers, or whoever you need to reach. She’s done it for herself with this account (over a quarter million followers!) and this one. Seriously good information here.

Hashtag Hero – Hashtags. Let me tell you how essential they are to getting noticed on social media. Actually, no. Let Alex Tooby tell you, since she’s the real pro. If you want to use Instagram to grow your fan base as an author, knowing how to use #hashtags properly is essential.

The Literary Freelancer – I love this Facebook group because it doesn’t separate creative writing from freelance writing like most resources seem to do. Instead, the group celebrates creative writers who also want to delve into freelance writing.

Finance

Betterment – DIY investing for beginners.

PayPal – This is one of the easiest ways to send and receive money.

Books

Writer’s Market 2017: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published by Robert Lee Brewer

The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

The Writer’s Manifesto by Jeff Goins

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Business for Authors: How to Be an Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White

Freelance Business Bootcamp ‚Äď The eBook¬†by Carol Tice and Neil Torrtorella

How to Get Great Freelance Clients E-Book by Carol Tice, Linda Fornichelli, and Chris Marlow

Step-by-Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success E-Book by Carol Tice and Laura Spencer

How to Be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger E-Book by Carol Tice, Annabel Candy, Sean Platt, and Greg Ciotti

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