Resources

You’re a writer.

More importantly, you’re a creator.

You don’t just want the best out of life–you expect it. These resources will help you achieve that.

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A Disclaimer 

Some of these resources are, affiliate links, which means that I get paid a small commission when you purchase them using the links provided. That said, you won’t pay more than you normally would, so don’t worry about that.

Think of it as a “finder’s fee”–I’ve used these resources, and I fully support them.

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How to Write, Sell, and Publish Your Book

Introducing the only plan you need to finally share your book with the world. Make 2012 your year of becoming an author.

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Create Your Own Empire

How to Build a Meaningful Lifestyle Business in One Year by Doing One Thing Every Day.

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Art + Money

Learn to thrive as a working artist without selling out. Avoid gatekeepers. Do it yourself. Yeah, that’s good.

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[heading style="2"] Training Courses [/heading]

If you really want to take your business (as a writer or creator) to the next level, I suggest these awesome courses:

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The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Writing Fiction

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel or book, this is the course for you.

Oh, and it’s completely free. Seriously–just check it out for more details!

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Copywriting 101

This tutorial is designed to get you up and running with the basics of writing great copy in ten easy lessons.

Afterward, you’ll get recommendations for professional training, plus links to tutorials on SEO copywriting and writing killer headlines.

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The Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Published

Whether you are a freelance writer who wants to get paid for your writing, or an aspiring author whose goal is to get a novel or book published, you’ll find everything you need to achieve your publishing dreams with The Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Published.

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Write Like Freddy

The “Write Like Freddy” training program includes four training modules that will teach you how to quickly and easily write kick-ass blog posts that people will want to read and share.

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Start A Blog That Matters

For a limited time, discover the exact strategies used in some of the biggest blog launches of the past year.

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The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself

Create your own personal freedom through a very small business. You don’t have to be a slave to the cubicle anymore.

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[heading style="2"] Great Books [/heading]

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Building A Blog for Readers:

101 Questions to Ask Before You Launch Your Blogging Empire

This book is one I wrote to explain what I feel are the “right questions” to askyourself. Contributors include Danny Iny, Pat Flynn, Joanna Penn, Dan Blank, Matt Gartland, and more. [/column]

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Techniques of the Selling Writer 

Written by Dwight Swain, this book is one of the greats. If you’re interested in writing a novel, you could do worse than to check out this book from your local library, or just buy a cheap copy on Amazon.

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Plot & Structure:

(Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) 

By James Scott Bell, this is also referenced a lot in The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Writing Fiction[/column]

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The 4-Hour Workweek

I’m a huge fan of Tim Ferriss, and this was my introduction to his life and writing. Read it this weekend, and there’s a great chance it can seriously change your outlook on your work/life balance. [/column]

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The $100 Startup

Chris Guillebeau recently finished this book on “reinventing the way you make a living,” and already it’s become a fan-favorite. I couldn’t put it down, and am still working through the amazing worksheets, examples, and guidelines. Grab a copy–you won’t regret it! [/column]

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On Writing

Even if you’re not into Stephen King, On Writing has been hailed as one of the best memoirs of the craft of writing. In addition, King includes an entire “book within a book” on the actual process of writing. I have a well-worn copy on my bookshelf, and I plan to read through once or twice a year. [/column]

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Scrivener

Hands-down the best software for writing, formatting, and organizing your longer documents. I use Scrivener for all of my fiction and non-fiction projects, and you can read more about that here.

It’s available in Mac or Windows format.

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Screenflow 3 (Mac Only)

Whenever I do video or Webinar stuff, Screenflow is my go-to app of choice. It’s drop-dead simple to use: fire it up, press record, and start working.

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Evernote

Evernote is simple: capture everything that you do on your computer, and organize it however you want.

I love it because it’s free, easy to use, and syncs across my phone, computer, and online.

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Woothemes

WooThemes makes the best premium templates for WordPress-based websites. I use them currently for my own blogs, and on clients’ blogs and websites.

Check out their features and options, and you’ll be sold as well.

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Hostmonster

Hostmonster has been my web host since my very first website, back in 2005. They have probably the best support team (US-based, too!) of any company I’ve called, and they offer the easiest system to use (cPanel). Installing WordPress and many other platforms is a one-click process, and you’ll never run into any space restrictions, either.

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MailChimp

I love MailChimp, and have been using them since they exploded onto the scene years ago. They’re one of the only email services that provide a completely free introductory offer, and it’s pretty amazing what you can do with it. If you are at all serious about your platform, you need to be building an email list.

Start with MailChimp, and you won’t look back!

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