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 has 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 finds loads of author buddies look to 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
Before I began writing I was a cover artist, so I’m fortunate enough to make my own covers most of the time. However, I have worked with some designers & photographers over the years that I recommend.
Najla Qamber Designs
The Image Apothecary
Lindee Robinson Photography
The Cover Lab*
*I haven’t yet worked with The Cover Lab, but it’s a FANTASTIC idea, and I have no doubt the author behind it put a lot of thought into it.
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.