WEBSITE TOOLS

To follow are all the tools that I use to run my publishing website. It has taken several years of trial and error to find the solutions that truly work and offer value for money. Whether you are looking to create a website, or improve the one you have, then these tools are indispensable.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Bluehost

Bluehost

My website has been hosted on Bluehost for the last year and I've been more than happy. Why? Because the 1-click WordPress installation was incredibly easy, and their customer service is great. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Bluehost if you are thinking about building your own website.

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Thrives Themes

Continuing the easy-to-use theme, this is by far my favourite tool for creating high-quality landing pages and squeeze pages. Thrive Themes will help you convert viewers into subscribers or buyers easily.

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Thrives Themes
Mailchimp

Mailchimp

Mailchimp is number 1 for creating and growing an email list (absolutely vital for any author or business). It’s easy to use and filled with powerful features like list segmentation, automation, and reports. It’s perfect for authors to keep in touch with their readers.

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SumoMe

If you are interested in collecting email address via your website, the SumoMe Wordpress plugin is unparalleled. Best of all it is FREE! Add welcome mats and smart opt-in forms to your website that convert better than anything else. Get it now!

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SumoMe

EDITING TOOLS

These tools and services will help you edit your ebooks until they are perfect. All of the following are things I use myself and happily recommend.

Pro Writing Aid

Pro Writing Aid

ProWritingAid is the best non-human editor I have ever worked with. You can use its vast features for free by pasting your work onto the website, but I strongly recommend you purchase the Microsoft Word plugin.

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Vellum

Formatting ebooks is a pain, and very hard to get right, let alone beautiful. Vellum is one of my best finds recently as it will take care of everything when it comes to formatting your manuscripts into great looking ebooks. Add graphics, drop caps, block quotes and more! A must for the professional writer. Try Vellum

Vellum
Scrivener

Scrivener

Those who use Scrivener wonder what they ever did without it. Scrivener is built for writers, and includes a ton of features to make your plotting, planning, and creating a whole lot easier. You will love it, I guarantee.

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Graphics and Covers

First thing your book needs is a cover! Here's where to start.

BOOKS COVERED. Graphic Designer Stuart Bache is my current go-to guy for my book covers, and he can cover any needs you have at a reasonable price. Professional book covers are an absolute must, and not an area you should try to cover yourself. Get in touch with Stuart!

THE BOOK COVER DESIGNER. A marketplace for pre-made book covers. An excellent website if you are looking to get something quickly and on a budget.

CANVA. A great place to quickly create adverts, posters, and more for your books and brand. It’s free, so check it out.



REPORTING TOOLS

The KDP dashboard isn't the easiest thing to understand. These tools can make it a little clearer.

BOOK REPORT. An absolutely awesome tool for putting your KDP sales figures into easy to read charts. There’s a free trial so give it a try.

KDP ANALYTICS. Haven’t used this tool myself, but it looks pretty comprehensive!

AUTHORS EARNINGS DASHBOARD. A great spreadsheet that you feed your monthly KDP reports in order for it to produce graphs, charts, and comparisons. I use it and its great value for the small upfront cost.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Sharing takes time. Use these tools to lighten the load.

TWEEPI. Something I use daily for adding, following, and unfollowing on Twitter. A great time saver.

SOCIALOOMPH. A brilliant tool for managing your tweets and facebook messages. Load it up with messages and it will send everything on a schedule, and can even recycle and reuse important updates you want to keep resending.

BITLY Shorten all of your links, which is a great way to save space in a limited tweet or advert.

SMART URL Want to create a single link for your book that will send people to whichever Amazon store is appropriate to them? I.e. send the Brits to Amazon UK and the Australians to Amazon.AU? Then Smart Url is how you do it.

OTHER TOOLS

Other great stuff I've found. I use all of these and can vouch for their brilliance.

KINDLE SAMURAI. Use this tool to find all of the most lucrative keywords to add to your book’s setup page on KDP. Get it right and your sales will increase. Simples.

KING SUMO. Want to run competitions on your website? Then this is the very best plugin, hands down!

EASYAZON. Easily add Amazon links into your blog posts that will automatically send readers to the right international store. Great way to increase affiliate earnings.

BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ

I hope you have a Kindle. Good! Then these books are all guaranteed to teach you something about making money from selling books.

READER MAGNETS. If you want to build a mailing list, then this book will teach you everything you need to know.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR KINDLE SALES. Learn tons of tricks and optimisations to get your books selling.

2,000 to 10,000. Learning to write fast is learning to write more profitably.

WRITE. PUBLISH. REPEAT. Optimise your writing process and release more books!

NEWBIE’S GUIDE TO PUBLISHING. The book that taught me everything I needed to be successful. Thanks, Joe!

ADVANCED TWITTER STRATEGIES FOR AUTHORS.

WEBSITES YOU SHOULD VISIT

These are the places I check every day. Successful authors should be well informed and these are the best places to learn about what's happening in publishing.