Here’s how I do Tools & Resources …
I only recommend articles, resources, and tools I have actually used myself (and/or read myself) and found genuinely helpful to my writing career. These are things that have worked for me (or in some cases, events or workshops I plan to attend myself in the near future!). This being said, some of these links are affiliate links, and those will have an (*) next to them. That means that if you use those resources, I will receive a small commission, but it will not cost you any extra! This helps fund the business side of my author career, and I’d be sharing those links with you anyway! But if you’d prefer not to use the affiliate link, no worries! You should still check out those resources, so Google them and find them that way! (And if you’d like a list of the professionals I personally work with consistently, see my Team page here!)
*Book Planner — This was my lifesaver! Affordable and super, super easy to use (and customizable!), this is absolutely perfect for indie authors who plan to make a career out of their writing. How do you keep track of all the different tasks required in pre-production, production, and post-production/pre-launch of your self-published book? This app!
Word Quota Tracker – by Seth Swanson, aspiring author
Random Name Generator – “Normal” names, with some fun ones, based on nationality.
Character Name Generator – hosted by D&D, these are the more… fantastical names.
Synopsis Wizard – by Shawntelle Madison, author. Another lifesaver!
Goal/Motivation/Conflict Wizard – by Shawntelle Madison, author. Let these print outs be your guide! I did, and it was fantastic!
Book Royalties Calculator – by Shawntelle Madison, author. Also super helpful!
Premade and Custom Design
The Cover Collection (highly recommended!)
Custom Design Only
Deranged Doctor Design (highly recommended! But get in your cover request EARLY!)
SFWA Approved Markets – publish in these and be eligible for SFWA membership!
Calls for submissions from LOTS of literary magazines! – updated every few days!
Writing Groups and Organizations
NaNoWriMo – November is Coming!
Camp NaNo – NaNo Not in November!
PlotWriMo – for December!
Scribophile – critique and get critiqued
Hatrack River Writers’ Forum – over at Orson Scott Card’s website!
General Helpful Articles or Advice
Your First 1,000 Copies – a highly recommended book for promoting your own book
Mr. Howey’s Advice to Aspiring Authors – a must read!
Web Design for Authors – from Writer’s Relief
How Long Should Your Novel Be (by genre)? – from Writer’s Digest
Sail Success Workshop – take a cruise AND hone your craft!
WriteWorld – loads of prompts and writing tips