Just like anyone else, there are resources that I think help me to get the job done, and these are the ones that I use all the time.
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|Writing something longer than about 5,000 words is hard to keep straight in your head. As Scrivener is half word processor and half project manager, it helps you keep track, and to rearrange it when necessary. Plus you can keep all your relevant research inside your file and don’t need to remember where you left it.||Scrivener|
|Scrivener is the least intuitive software I have ever come across. You will need help from the Scrivener Coach to get to grips with it. And the best part is, that you get lifetime access, so you can refresh your memory whenever you need to.||Learn Scrivener Fast|
|When you get in the flow of writing, it’s really important to keep going and not stop to correct spelling and what-not lest Calliope and her sister Muses desert you. Software like Grammarly is useful for a quick run through when you finish. There is a free version, but with the paid version, you can choose your language and style of writing so that it reviews academic and business writing more rigorously than creative and casual. You still need to proof of course!||Grammarly|
|Writing can be a lonely business, particularly when you are doing it all on your own without the “support” of a traditional publishing house. And there are a lot of organisations ready and willing to take advantage of your naivety so it’s good to have someone to fall back on fore reliable advice. Not to mention of a community of other self-employed authors to test your ideas against.||(Affiliate Link)|
|And along the lines of support, it’s also helpful to have a group of peers you can test ideas against, and express your frustrations when your characters aren’t behaving or a cyclone has torn your manuscript to pieces. Under the Willow is a great online forum of writers from Europe and the US, so there’s an interesting variety of perspectives.||Under the Willow|
|The Australian Society of Authors represents the interests of Australia’s authors and illustrators, providing advocacy, support and advice. |
|One of the best ways to learn any craft is from a Master Craftsman. By which I mean a person who has a long and distinguished career in the craft you’re looking to develop.|
Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch are both award-winning, best selling authors who have stood the test of time. Even if you don’t like their fiction, they can teach you a lot about developing your craft, and growing your business.
|Dean Wesley Smith|
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
|If you want to make a splash on the internet, you need your own property to work from, and that means a self-hosted website. There are many platforms, but this site uses WordPress. As they are one of WordPress.org’s recommended hosts, I’m using SiteGround web hosting. They offer fast and reliable service at different price points. And if you make it up as you go along like I do, they offer quick and responsive support via tickets, live chat, and phone.||SiteGround|
|Once you’ve bought your domain, organised your hosting and installed WordPress, you need a theme to make it look pretty and provide functionality that doesn’t need a great deal of coding knowledge. This site uses StudioPress’ Genesis Framework and Authority Pro theme.||StudioPress|
|It’s hard to stay on top of international SPAM law, so I use MailChimp for both my Blog Subscription and Letters to keep me honest. You can do all kinds of automation and stuff as well. And at least until you build up a large mailing list, it’s free!||MailChimp|
|I’m a proud Victorian, and I like to showcase our history, so my first stop for copyright free images is the State Library of Victoria. There is almost always something relevant whether it comes from the newspaper collection, private donations from or about significant historic figures, or government department collections.||State Library Image Pool|
|Once I’ve selected my image, it’s time to apply some effects and format it for the blog using Canva. It’s also easy to use for social media formats. And if that’s not enough, you can design stationery and marketing materials as well. No need to worry if you don’t have an image of your own, you can buy them for US$1 a pop!||Canva|
|As well as having a “good” outfit for public appearances, it’s useful to have some decent photos for publicity purposes. When I started thinking about getting some of my own I started paying attention to other people’s. One day I saw a striking. beautifully constructed picture of a woman, and I decided that was the photographer for me. Kristian is very comfortable to be ||Kristian Gehradte Photography|
|Amber Ludwig-Vilhauer and the NGNG (No Guts No Glory) team offer business building services including website and social media support, marketing, and mentoring. She’s not the cheapest, but she’s efficient as well as effective, so provides excellent value. Even if all you do is join her email list, you will get heaps of practical customer focussed advice to improve your business.||NGNG Enterprises|
|Fizzle is a fantastic resource for business newbies. It’s ||(Affiliate Link)|
|I first came across Mike Michalowicz through his book Profit First, and was a little impressed by his advice – essentially to translate personal budgeting into your business. He has a great writing style, and down to earth business advice, which is what you need when you’re just starting out.||Mike Michalowicz|
|As far as I am concerned, there is absolutely nothing better than snuggling in a blanket with a good book, unless that’s snuggling with a dog, a blanket and a good book. I prefer printed books because I love the way that they smell and feel in your hands. And when you fall asleep with one, you often look like you are thinking deeply. Unless you are snoring… I usually buy from the Book Depository because they offer discounted pricing, free postage, and delivery in 1 – 2 weeks.||(Affiliate Link)|
|Sometimes I want to read original sources, and I go to Biblio to get old and out-of-print books. It’s a large marketplace made up of lots of smaller booksellers from around the world, kind of like eBay but just for books. You might end up with ex-library stock, bookstore returns, or rare treasures|| |
|And of course, there is always Amazon for my kindle books. And these days heaps of other stuff including clothes, makeup, craft materials and housewares. Wouldn’t think I need to say anything else on that one!||Amazon|