In spite of seeing myself as an independent soul, I have learned we need other people. We need a community. All of us can do with great resources. Here are some that I use and find helpful.
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the resources below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please note that I only recommend resources that I find useful.
1. Web hosting:
- BlueHost My website is hosted on Bluehost. It is ideal for hosting a blog or a website. I strongly recommend it.
- WordPress WordPress.com is completely free. WordPress.org – the dot org site has more options. It is web software you can use to create a website, blog or app.
- Get Noticed Theme– This is the page-layout that I use on my Bluehost hosting service.
- 31 Days to Build a Better Blog – Darren Rowse – Problogger.net – well thought out advice on blogging. Darren Rowse has several other valuable resources that can benefit you.
- Smart Passive Income – The effervescent and practical site of Patrick Flynn. He has several brilliant ideas that can help you.
- You Are a Writer– Jeff Goins – “You are a writer. So start acting like one.” Practical advice and encouragement to embark on your journey. Claim the title and embark.
- On Writing– Stephen King – Very sobering and insightful thoughts on the writing process. You should find it fascinating. It is part autobiographical.
- The Write Practice – with Joe Bunting. Learn how to master the art of writing.
- Helping Writers Become Authors – K.M. Weiland’s award winning site to guide you along your quest to become an author (and a better writer.)
- The Forest For The Trees – Betsy Lerner – Seeing the bigger picture when writing. Wise thoughts to aid any writer.
4. Email marketing:
- MailChimp– Design/ send/ track email newsletters. It is the software that I use to help me with emails.
- SumoMe – Increase your daily email signups/see where your website visitors are clicking/get more shares. I use this as well. Gives additional information in email optimization.
- ALLi – Alliance of Independent Authors. Join them if you follow the self-publication journey. Today, more and more authors choose the hybrid model: a combination of traditional and self-publishing.
- Writer’s Digest Annual Conference – Learn to “write better, get published, and build your network.” An ideal opportunity to meet literary agents, editors, and publishers, in person.
- Tribe Conference (Nashville) – It is a conference and networking of bloggers and writers. I attended the first one in August 2016. What I experienced was much more than training and information. I was introduced to a community, embraced and supported by total strangers; guided in my quest to learn about blogging. Brain-child of Jeff Goins and friends.
- If you’re a writer or author, join a writer’s group. Don’t write “alone.” Become part of a community. I belong to the Manitoba Writers’ Guild.
- Platform– Michael Hyatt – A step-by-step guide to build a viable online platform and presence. The “marketplace” has changed. Marketing as well. A must-have guide.
- Your First 1000 Copies– Tim Grahl – A step-by-step guide to market your book. Build a proper foundation. Don’t underestimate this small book. Essential and crucial elements to include in your armamentarium.
- APE: Author, publisher, entrepreneur. How to publish a book. Guy Kawasaki & Shawn Welch. Learn the basics of how to do it: self-publishing. A complex entity demystified into more digestible chunks.
- Get published– Michael Hyatt. With many years in the book and publishing industry, Michael has information that will benefit everyone.
- Writing a Winning Book Proposal– Michael Hyatt (for fiction or non-fiction.)
Here are some of the sources that I use to obtain images from. Most of these are for free.
- iStock (for purchase) – images, video, illustrations, and audio.
9. Web page design and support: Aldrin Austria – without him, this site would still have not been live.
10. Victor Duarte took most of my personal pictures.
Explore and enjoy!