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Welcome to the Resources Page

Every writer or creative needs resources to help build the life and career they want. The following are resources and tools that have been carefully selected based on my own use and research.  Although I have had only positive experiences with these resources, your experience may vary.  Please do your own due diligence to ensure a product, tool or resource is right for you. None of the recommendations below are affiliate links ie I will not get a commission if you click and buy. 

 

Recommended Books

 The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven Pressfield

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

By Stephen King

 The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

Noah Lukeman

 

Web Hosting and Design

Bluehost 

For as low as $4.95, you can get set up on Bluehost.  Easy to use, 1-click automatic WordPress installation and excellent customer service. 

WordPress

Wordpress.Org LogoI use WordPress to Blog. You must be aware of the two types of WordPress. WordPress.com and WordPress.org. You can find the difference out here but there are many forums that can tell you the pro’s and con’s of both. WordPress I think has the largest

 

Blogs about Blogging

OnBlastBlog.com

ByRegina.com

CopyBlogger.com

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My Blog Template

Isabelle Theme at Bluchic

Blog Modifications 

oDesk is the largest online workplace, where 1+ million companies hire freelancers to get the job done.If you want to outsource all the nitty gritty details of customising your blog post a job on oDesk and watch the applicants roll in. You might need a logo, graphics, specific content or have ideas of how you would like your blog too look. oDesk is the place to go.

Building your Author Platform

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The creative Penn

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Writing Tools

Scrivener is the most recommended writing tool of writers and authors. Its affordable and helps you organise your book. It also has session targets and heaps of nifty calculations. Try it and I promise you wont go back to Word.

Email Subscriptions/Marketing 

Aweber – The internet’s most powerful email opt-in service and email marketing/broadcasting tool.

Mailchimp – Another option that is easy to use and free for your first 2000 subscribers.   Ideal for writers and artists who just want to share their art.

Social Media

Hootsuite – Manage all your social networks in one place, schedule messages, engage your audiences, and measure ROI right from your dashboard.

Images and Pictures

Creative Market – This is where designers go for inspiration and great templates. They also have really good photo’s to use for blog posts and every Monday they give away free stuff! Worth signing up for just to get the free stuff. Warning: Some Photoshop knowledge is needed for some files but for others (like pictures) the come as a Jpeg file.

Canva – Create all your social media pictures and add text. Most are free but some some elements are $1.00. Designs look professional and you own them after you download your image.

Picmonkey – A free online photo editor that allows you to add text to photos, resize, crop, frame and even create collages.  The majority of photos and graphics on this site have been created through PicMonkey.  Love it!

Accounting Software

Xero – Start your publishing or creative business now and sign up for a free trial. Link your bank accounts and Paypal account and watch the sales roll in.

Others

Book Publishers Australia is a directory of Australian book publishers, but not any old directory.

My Recommended Tools 

Macbook Pro 13.3 Inch with Retina Display

Macbook Pro 13.3 inch

Entrepreneur Swag 

Recommended by entrepreneurs and creatives is Poetic Gangster Streetwear for Hoodies and Tshirts. For Yoga Leggings shop online at Azzurra Soul.

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