Steve answers a question from Thomas about his preferred tools and resources for authors. He lists marketing tools, websites, and apps that can help anyone running a self-publishing business.
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Author Tools 13 Essential Tools All Authors Need Episode 70 of the Self-Publishing Questions Podcast
Question: Question: Thomas Lau asks: What are the absolute essentials and good-to-have tools (online or offline) for authors?
TAKEAWAYS Key #1 BlueHost Your website can help turn casual readers into subscribers or book buyers.
TAKEAWAYS Key #2 Google Analytics It shows you where traffic is coming from & tells you which pages people are visiting the most.
TAKEAWAYS Key #3 Aweber Email lists make it easy to contact people when you have a new book.
TAKEAWAYS Key #4 Word Processing Program Go simple with Microsoft Word or get technical with outlining & formatting with Scrivener.
TAKEAWAYS Key #5 Calibre If you’re a DIY type of person, this software converst files to .MOBI format.
TAKEAWAYS Key #6 Evernote It’s a great place to store all the ideas you have for your self-publishing business.
TAKEAWAYS Key #7 Google Keyword Planner A good tool for identifying potential niches & gives you an idea of the keywords people are using to find information online.
TAKEAWAYS Key #8 Pat’s First Kindle Book (Facebook Group) A great group for people with book-based businesses, where members help each other out and share tips.
TAKEAWAYS Key #9 Kboards.com A forum for people interested in Kindle publishing and self- publishing as a whole.
TAKEAWAYS Key #10 Amazon Author Central A great place to check the overall state of your business.
TAKEAWAYS Key #11 PickFu An online polling service. Use it to get instant feedback from members.
TAKEAWAYS Key #12 Elance An ideal marketplace for finding people who will work on longer projects.
TAKEAWAYS Key #13 Fiverr A good site for finding people to do quick tasks.
Biggest Takeaway: Biggest Takeaway: Take advantage of essential tools that can help you grow your author business.
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