I’m often asked questions about how my blogs work and what kind of software or plugins I use. So I’ve put together a running list of tools and resources that I use on a regular basis. You might want to check back often or bookmark this page as I will be updating this page and adding more resources along the way. I hope these are helpful to you.
Online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results. Offers plug-ins for other programs.
An email marketing solution designed specifically for writers. ConvertKit is a complete marketing tool for building direct relationships with your readers through email. Some of the features include pre-launch pages for your books, book cover designs, sample book chapters, and easy to use autoresponder features. It's what I use and highly recommend.
Aweber provides web-based email marketing software, autoresponders and sign up forms for small businesses, solopreneurs, bloggers and online marketers. The primary AWeber features include email newsletters, autoresponders, sign up forms and RSS-to-email. Users can track the performance of their email campaigns with analytics reporting and split test sign up forms and newsletters to market more effectively.
WP Courseware is an easy to use WordPress Learning Management System. I can't say enough good things about this plugin. In fact Learn Scrivener Fast uses WP Courseware. The modules and units that you accessed on the sidebar and within each section were all created with this plugin. Most plugins that offer such amazing features are extremely complicated to figure out. I was relieved to see this was literally drag n drop easy.
WishList Member™ is a powerful, yet easy to use membership solution that can turn any WordPress site into a full-blown membership site. Just unzip and upload the plugin, and within minutes you’ll have your own membership site up and running… complete with protected, members-only content, integrated payments, member management, and so much more!
Book Design Templates
Now you can quickly and easily create beautiful books right in Microsoft Word.
Built to industry-standard specifications, our template styles will make your book stand out, without all of those newbie mistakes. Handcrafted by an award-winning book designer.
focus@will is a new neuroscience based music service that helps you focus, reduce distractions and retain information when working, studying, writing and reading. The technology is based on hard science and proven to be extremely effective at extending your attention span. Most people can only concentrate for a maximum of about 100 continuous minutes before needing to take a quick break to stretch, move about, maybe get a drink of water, and so on before they resume for another session.
The focus@will system makes it easier for you to get into the concentration flow, and then keeps you there. It works in the background by subtly soothing the part of your brain, the limbic system, that is always on the lookout for danger, food, sex or shiny things. It's a neat service and one that I use consistently.
Store and share your writing online so that it will be accessible to you from anywhere, even on your phone or mobile device.
Document all those repetitive tasks that eat up your precious time,
so you can grow your team and grow your business.
Is your website using WordPress? Are you tired of spending your time tweaking various aspects of your site? Pay one fee to get unlimited access to your own team of developers to assist you with your WordPress website. It's like having your own virtual IT team.
Flesh out your ideas visually using this software. Make connections and "see" how they might fit together. Works seamlessly with Scrivener.
The defacto Image Editor from Adobe. Create graphics and so much more. Part of the Creative Cloud.
Think you have to purchase Photoshop for image creation? Think again. Canva is an online only service that is available for free. You can either create your image entirely online or upload your image and edit it in Canva. Canva has a few graphical elements built in that can be used in your creations.
Creating a product, but can't seem to find the perfect image? PlaceIt has mock templates available for you to drop the image or video of your product directly on the template. No longer do you have to manually combine layers in Photoshop or try to re-create the look that you are going for. This service has both free and paid plans available.
Still using Skype to communicate with your staff? Try something new. Slack is THE best way to remain in constant communication with your staff. Their slogan is "Be Less Busy". Try this free tool today and see if you agree that they have the perfect slogan.
Writers rejoice! No longer do you have to fight with Word. Scrivener was built with writers in mind. It keeps both your research and writing in one place. Productivity win! Check out all the cool things Scrivener is capable of by downloading the free trial.
Tired of seeing post it notes stuck everywhere? Still can't seem to find that idea you know you wrote down yesterday? Check out Evernote. It is a free digital 'brain" that can be accessed from any device. Think of it as a storage device that resides in the cloud. Free and paid options available.
This tool is from the makers of Twitter, so you KNOW it works well with that social media service. Keep up to date with your Twitter stream, mentions, keywords and so much more. This free tool is indispensable when it comes to keeping your Twitter life organized and productive.
Spending too much time updating your social media? Automate the process using Hootsuite. Schedule your predetermined status updates to all of the major social media platforms with a click of a button. Free and paid plans available.
From the creators of Camtasia, SnagIt makes it easy to capture screenshots and record short videos. Try it free for 15 days.
Video recording and editing software for Mac users. Super user friendly and makes creating your video courses a breeze.
Are you a PC user looking to create screencasts? Take a look at Camtasia. It's very user friendly and installs directly onto your computer. Press record and you are able to create your first video in minutes. It also allows you to edit directly in the same program.
A good microphone is a needed investment when recording audio. This microphone comes highly recommended and plugs right into your computer's USB port.
Want to record video, but don't have a camera built into your computer? I recommend the Logitech c-920. It produces a crisp image and records in HD.
One of the most crucial elements when creating content is sound quality. Nothing screams unprofessional more than bad audio. The secret is to use a high quality microphone. I recommend the Blue Snowflake because it produces high quality audio at a price point that has a low entry point.
Are you a fan of using templates as a starting point? Don't want to have to hire a web designer to create the website you envisioned? Enter OptimizePress it can be used as a standalone WordPress theme or as a plugin. No longer do you have to start from scratch. I've used it on a few of my sites and was amazed at how easy it was to implement. Try it today.
Marketing and gathering leads go hand in hand. What if I told you there was a way to use tried and true marketing principles on your website without having to resort to hiring a web developer? LeadPages has created a system to allow you to pick and choose which templates you wish to implement for your business.
Are you tired of manually inputting your social media status updates every week? What if I told you there was a product on the market that could automate the process for you and allow you to reuse your content? Not convinced? Take Edgar for a test drive and see how your productivity increases.
iPhone Video Hero
If you own an iPhone and want to learn how to use it create business video then you need to check out the World’s first iPhone Video training program! Former MTV and BBC TV Director Jules Watkins has created a video based course that will show you how to make awesome videos using your iPhone. Jules has directed hit TV shows including The Biggest Loser and Pimp My Ride and knows a thing or two about how to make videos that attract a following. The videos he has made on his iPhone for this training will stun you! If you are an entrepreneur, biz owner or just want to make better videos with your iPhone then you need to watch Jules’ video at iPhone Video Hero.
The quickest way to gaining authority in your field is to write a book. With this product, you will learn how easy it is to launch a successful book and the processes that lead to accomplishment.
When people ask you what you do and you tell them you write, do you receive the "look"? How beneficial would it be to have a group of authors who understand what it means to be in community. This course is brought to you by Jeff Goins and in 8 weeks he delivers practical lessons on topics of interest to writers. Other benefits include discussions and guest appearances by others(you'll have to join to see who shows up).
OmniFocus Premium Posts
Do you use OmniFocus in your workflow? Would you like to be both efficient and productive? Check out these tutorials brought to you by the folks at Asian Efficiency.
Love Evernote, but wish there was a user guide? Wonder no more. Brent Terpstra has created THE go to guide for finding out more about Evernote. In fact, Brent did such an amazing job writing the guide that the folks at Evernote hired him. Now that is a testimonial.