I’ve compiled a list of resources I think are helpful to newbies and long-time authors alike.
Courtney writes under the names Lyra Parish and is one half of the Kennedy Fox writing duo (a USA TODAY bestselling duo at that!).
Courtney’s videos are informative, real, and inspiring. She has so many great videos up with lots of helpful info. Plus she hosts Live Writing Sprints that have helped MANY authors crank out all the words.
I highly recommend joining her Facebook Group, Write 10k in a Day – Challenge Group, where you’ll find loads of author buddies who will helpe challenge each other to write.
Alessandra Torre is a New York Times bestselling author, has had a book made into a movie, and hosts a yearly conference (Inkers Con) to help authors of any status. (I attended this event online last year, and will be attending again this year.)
Alessandra’s website is an easy to use, informative website that has valuable links and posts for new and established authors.
Make sure to join the Facebook Group Alessandra Torre Inkers, where you’ll find even more useful information—and maybe make a few author friends!
Wildfire Marketing is an affordable way to get your book into the hands of bloggers and reviewers. I highly recommend reaching out to them if you’re looking for marketing/PR services.
I’ve been working with Wildfire Marketing since their inception, and I’ve been very pleased with my results. My publicist is always looking for ways to help me grow and learn. I appreciate her direct and honest approach to all the different aspects of my career.
COVER DESIGNERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS
This easy to use extension allows you to block websites so you don’t get distracted. My favorite feature is “Work Mode”, where I can use it to do my sprints and stay focused.
I LOVE using this site to block out the world! It has such a fun variety of sounds you can play with and mix, and the Coffee Shop noise is especially helpful when I can’t make it to my beloved Starbucks.
This program is a game-changer! It blocks your computer except for the program, allowing you to ONLY focus on writing. My productivity has sky-rocketed with this. I have no idea how I got stuff done before.
(There is an option to NOT lock your computer too for those who research as they write.)
DESIGN & SWAG
This website offers stock images that are affordable and fresh. They have a wide variety (sometimes stuff you can never unsee) and regularly have some great sales. I use this for teasers and promo images for every release.
This is one of my absolute favorite places to get stickers, coasters, and labels from.
The quality is amazing, the proofing/shipping is FAST, and they have soooo many amazing sales that make their products incredibly affordable. If you’d like a $10 store credit, click here (you won’t regret it!).