for branding & design
LogoJoy* - A DIY logo maker to instantly create your own logo design
Perfect if you have the time to do-it-yourself and need something lower cost.
Canva - Free, web-based design software & App
This is what I use to design all my website & social media graphics.
Unsplash - Free Photo Downloads
Beautiful, royalty-free photos you can use for anything you’d like and aren’t required to give credit (although that’s the nice thing to do when you can!)
Ivory Mix* - Stock Photo Membership
A huge library of stock photos. The membership includes unlimited downloads & is well worth the price.
Coolors - Color Palette Generator
My favorite way to generate new color palettes that are easy to save and share.
for running an online business
Square* - Payment Processing
Square is my preferred way to get paid online because it’s simple for my clients to pay their invoices and I get my money deposited into my account faster than other payment processors.
ConvertKit* - Email Marketing for Creators
ConvertKit is my favourite choice for offering valuable lead magnets to subscribers and keeping in touch with them with impromptu or automated emails. It’s built for writers and creators just like me and you.
Tailwind* - Social Media scheduling for Pinterest & Instagram
This is my favorite choice for maximizing my efforts on social media.
Recurpost - Social Media Scheduler
This is a free social media scheduler that I use to schedule recurring posts for Facebook. This automatically cycles through my blog posts for me so I don’t need to constantly reschedule them.
for aspiring authors
Author School - Pen to Published Course*
from Rachelle Gardner, literary agent
Author School gives you the support, information, and inspiration you need to navigate the world of writing - from pen to published! Enrollment opens a couple times a year.
I recommend this course to everyone who wants to publish a book now or in the future.
Top 20 Questions Writers Ask - Answered - from hopewriters.com*
Are you a writer but aren't sure where to start? Start here.
After three years of helping writers pivot from writing their words in secret to sharing their words with readers, there's at least one thing we've learned for sure: we all have the same questions.
We've compiled a list of the questions we hear writers ask most often and how our weekly expert guests answer them.
Self-Publishing Templates - from Renee Fisher & Co
If you’re looking to self-publish your book in both paperback and eBook format, these Self-Publishing Templates will help you avoid going through CreateSpace (their services start at $199) or hiring a graphic designer to design the inside of your book, which could end up costing you a lot of money! Now you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars making your book look like it was traditionally published!
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