Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite writer’s resources. As a self-published author and writer, I have to wear many hats including research, writing, editing, marketing, graphics, etc.
Depending on your budget, you can outsources of the things you don’t like to do or aren’t good at. Fiverr and Upwork are great resources for outsourcing everything from cover design to social media marketing.
However, if you choose to do it all yourself, here are are few of my favorite resources that make my job a whole lot easier so I can spend more time actually writing. I wish I knew about these resources when I was just starting out several years ago.
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Favorite Writer’s Resources
Writing & Research
Have you ever wondered what keywords would perform best for your book?
Or what categories you should use for your book?
Or how much your competitors are making with their book?
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I don’t know about you, but as an author, I prefer spending my time writing my books instead of marketing them. Over the years I’ve read all sorts of articles and books on how to increase my book sales, and one of the most helpful tools I’ve been able to find is Publisher Rocket.
Additionally, I love how much time it saves me and how much easier it is to do keyword research.
BookBolt is a great program for multiple things including keyword research, cover design for both paperback and hardcover books, and custom book interiors. They have a lot of premade templates if you are interested in low content publishing of journals, planners and the like. One of my favorite features is their puzzle generators. You can make your own puzzle books (wordsearch, hangman, crosswords, word scrambles, missing letters, and more) for either personal use or publication.
The basic plan is $9.99 per month and the Pro version is $19.99 per month and both plans include a 3-day free trial. You can save 20% off the price with coupon code “patriciaadderley”.
Checking grammar, punctuation, and spelling are all automated features.
I love using Grammarly on all my devices because it gives me the confidence to put my best foot forward. I can focus on the content of what I am writing while Grammarly takes care of the technical, grammar, spelling, and punctuation checks.
It goes beyond just simple punctuation, grammar, and spelling checks. It helps you find better words and phrasing to express yourself and what you are trying to communicate in your writing. I believe that Grammarly can help you become a better writer.
It also has a plagiarism checker, and a free browser extension that can help with anything you write online.
The Premium version is your ultimate resource with over 400 different checks and features starting at $12 per month.
ProWritingAid is an essential editing tool and another one of my favorite writer’s resources. However, it is much more than just a grammar checker.
ProWritingAid helps you identify style issues to help you strengthen your writing. You can also improve your vocabulary as well as take some of their training classes and their blog has lots of great information as well.
Users can generate over 20 different writing reports including repetitiveness, pacing, sentence length and variation, readability, overused words, redundancies, transitions and more.
You can self edit like a professional and do it faster than ever enabling you to also get published sooner.
They have both free and professional plans. The professional plan is $10 per month if paid yearly ($120 yearly) or you can purchase a lifetime license for $399.
Creative Fabrica is a fantastic website for all kinds of creative endeavors. Their prices are very inexpensive for their fonts and graphics. You can even get free fonts and graphics sent to your email.
I use them to help design my book covers and when I am doing low content publishing. However, they also have fonts and graphics for a lot of other mediums as well. Many of them include a lifetime commercial license as well.
Additionally, they have all kinds of classes including quilting, embroidery, sewing and cricut as well as patterns. You can create a free account or one of their paid plans. Their all access pass is $29/month and gives you access to everything.
Christian & Church Resources
ChurchSource is a fantastic resource for Bible’s, Books, Bible Studies, Journals and various church resources from some of the most trusted names. They are part of Harper Collins Christian Publishing as are the other church resources listed below.
They have a variety of resources for all ages, individuals, groups and churches.
Currently, they have a Half-Yearly sale going on until February 13th where you can save up to 80% on many of their resources. You can check it out here:
FaithGateway is another great resources for books, Bibles, Bible Studies and more. They are also part of Harpers Collins Christian Publishing.
Leading authors like Louis Giglio, Max Lucado and Anne Graham Lotz are featured. They also have a blog with some great devotionals.
If you choose to signup for their email list you can 15% off your order.
BibleGateway is a website that is designed to help you get to know the Bible better. You can have daily devotionals sent directly to your email address.
Additionally, you can look up scriptures in different translations and compare them as well as take advantage of their study tools and interactive tools and much more.
Click here to take a look.
HCLeadershipEssentials is another great resource. It is geared toward Christian leaders. There are books from well-known and trusted leaders like John Maxwell, Paul Falcone and Donald Miller just to name a few.
Moreover, there are also resources for all aspects of leadership including marketing, leadership, innovation, management, career and personal growth and communication and relationships.
Additionally, they have a number of free resources as well as a blog and ecourses to help you grow as a a leader.
It’s important as a writer to have great writer’s resources to make your job easier, more productive and a lot more fun. These are a few of my favorite writer’s resources. Do you have any favorite resources that would benefit other writers? Let me know in the comments or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.
For some of more of my favorite resources, check out my Resources page.
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