Resources

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.

 

2.   Blogging:

  • 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.

 

3.   Writing:

  • 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.

 

5.   Communities:

  • 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.

 

6.   Marketing:

  • 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.

 

7.   Publishing:

  • 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.)

 

8.  Images:

Here are some of the sources that I use to obtain images from. Most of these  are for free.

 

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.

 

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