My favorite craft & publishing books
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Such an accessible, thoughtfully-written, and comprehensive guide on writing more compelling stories. This one is great for seasoned outliners and the recently-pantsing-converted alike! You can see how well-loved mine is.
In February, 2019, we hosted a community workshop with the Save the Cat! book. Read through our archives and join the current conversation in the Author Alchemy Lab!
Perfect for after you’ve written the first draft and are diving into developmental edits. The Story Grid will teach you what to look for when crafting a solid, tense, enthralling story + give you actionable ways to find and fix the tangles and snags.
My favorite author platform tools
Siteground website hosting — fast, cheap, and hands-down the best customer support in the business!
Namecheap domain registration — cheap and easy!
WordPress.org websites — it just works and it’s so much more affordable, customizable, and safe than using a builder like Squarespace or Wix.
Astra WordPress theme — it’s super lightweight and fast!
Elementor Page Builder — it makes designing websites a breeze!
WPTasty – makes pinning from your author website a lot easier!
Growth & Marketing
Tailwind — makes Pinterest super easy and manageable with a busy writing schedule.
Mark Dawson’s SPF — everything you need to know and more!
Joanna Penn’s Creative Penn podcast — delightful, fun, and informative on trends in the industry, growing, and staying sane.
Planoly — a very nice Instagram planning and posting app!