Finally finish your novel.
For real this time.

Do you want to stop agonizing over how to get words on screen? It’s time to take a stand for your novel. These resources will magically help you go from agony to author.

My favorite craft & publishing books

Preface: I LOVE Thriftbooks! If you’re shopping for a book, check there first! Use my code for 15% off your first purchase at Thriftbooks.

Photo of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

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.

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need by Jessica Brody on Amazon or Thriftbooks.

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!

Photo of Story Grid by Shawn Coyne.

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.

The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne on Amazon or Thriftbooks.

Best of Books & Alchemy

My favorite author platform tools

Website Building

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 Building — it makes designing websites a breeze! 

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!