Favorite Things

Below, you’ll find my Amazon shopping lists and my affiliate links for products and courses that you might enjoy. As an Amazon Influencer and an affiliate for other programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. However, I have only included products I’ve used or that come highly recommended. I hope you find these resources helpful! 

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Try Audible Plus, an all-you-can-listen membership that offers access to thousands of titles, including a vast array of audiobooks, podcasts and originals that span genres, lengths, and formats.

Try an Amazon Prime 30-day Free Trial. This membership program offers special benefits including: * Instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes * Borrow Kindle books * Get unlimited free two-day shipping (no minimum order size)

Try a Prime Student 6-Month Trial. This membership program offers special benefits to college students including: * Unlimited free two-day shipping (with no minimum order size) * Exclusive deals and promotions for college students

 

Grammar, Writing, & Editing Tools

worldbuilding template

Worldbuilding template (Free) – Richie Billing offers an amazing free worldbuilding template and guide on his website. This template allows you to be more organized by breaking up your process into two key considerations: the physical world and the cultural world. It serves as a mini questionnaire, bringing order to a chaotic process. It’s especially useful for fantasy and sci-fi writers, though any novelist can benefit from this helpful guide. 


writing resources

ProWritingAid – ProWritingAid is my favorite editing software, and is a grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package. If you’re a new ProWritingAid user and purchase through my affiliate link, send your receipt to stacy at stacyjuba.com and I’ll send you three bonuses:  

Bonus #1: My two-page Overused Words Cheat Sheet.

Bonus #2: My 42-minute video that teaches you how to use the Overused Words Cheat Sheet and unleash the power of ProWritingAid and Google Docs/Microsoft Word.

Bonus #3: My ProWritingAid Cheat Sheet to help you get up and running quickly.

Grammar lion

Grammar Lion: Comma Mini-Course (Free)Master the comma and write more effectively starting today with this free mini-course. In approximately 30 minutes, you’ll know when to say yes to a comma. You’ll also learn when to say no.

Grammar Lion Pretest – Try the pretest to gauge your grammar know-how. Challenge yourself with 33 grammar questions.

Grammar Lion: A Grammar Refresher – This comprehensive online course will help you navigate the linguistic twists and turns of American English grammar. Take your time and enjoy 12 weeks of learning.

Plottr Plottr is a visual outlining tool built for published and aspiring writers of all kinds including novelists, screenwriters,  playwrights, academics, journalists, writing students, and beyond. Whether you’re an outlining pro or your journey is just beginning, Plottr can help you visually (and creatively) build a plan to write your book.

 

Plot Factory

 

Plot Factory – Plot Factory is an online story planner that provides you with the tools you need to plan, organize and create stories, fictional worlds, characters, and more. It runs as a freemium app. You get all the necessities for writing for free, and the nice-to-have features with a paid subscription.

scrivener

Scrivener – Scrivener is the go-to app for writers of all kinds. It unites everything you need to write, research, and arrange long documents in a single, powerful app. At its heart is a simple ring-binder metaphor that allows you to gather your material and flick between different parts of your manuscript, notes, and references with ease. Break your text into manageable sections of any size and leave Scrivener to stitch them together. Integrated outlining tools let you plan everything first or restructure later. And as your project grows, you’ll find that Scrivener grows with it.

ScappleEver scribbled ideas on a piece of paper and drawn lines between related thoughts? Then you already know what Scapple does. It’s a virtual sheet of paper that lets you make notes anywhere and connect them using lines or arrows. Creating notes is as easy as double-clicking anywhere on the page; making connections between ideas is as simple as dragging and dropping one note onto another. And unlike real paper, in Scapple you can move notes around and never run out of space.

 

Graphics Resources

Canva – I love using Canva’s  drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design and share logos, presentations, social media graphics, worksheets, flyers, and more. There is plenty you can do on Canva for free, but Canva Pro has many additional features. Get a 30-day free trial here. 

MockupShots – With MockupShots, you can get lifetime access to a complete library of book mockup images​, putting your book into over 600 different settings in only 10 seconds. Create product page images with transparent backgrounds, themed images for holidays and seasons, and action images of your book moving across the screen. The price is regular $198, but with this link you can get it for $80.

I hope that the creators will eventually add even more mockup images to the library. That would make me super-happy and then I could rave about it.  But, I don’t regret the purchase as it makes designing my social media graphics much quicker. Below are a couple of images I created with MockupShots.

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Productivity & Planners

Planner Pads – This is what I personally use as a daily planner. Check out the undated versions with start dates that sync with your unique timeline. Choose from spiral bound or loose leaf versions which are available in different sizes and ink colors.

Dailygreatness Planners and Journals – Get 10 percent off! The intuitive flow of the Dailygreatness concept gives you a foundation and a structure to your days that supports you in achieving your goals. It’s a simple process that’s fun, creative and engaging. Products include the original planner and journal, a business planner, parents’ journal, training journal, wellness journal, yoga journal, self-leadership planner, success planner, desk pad, accessories, and more.  I have the yoga journal!

I’ve also used and liked The Dailygreatness Original Journal and Planner (Orange), which combines a yearly diary, goal and appointment planner, and daily tools for self-mastery. Designed to be used throughout the calendar year, the daily pages will guide you to form great habits through the 8 daily steps of meditation and visualization, intentions, dream journaling, gratitude, evening self-awareness questions, exercise, inspired actions and inspiration. The weekly and quarterly check-ins keep you committed, accountable and motivated. With a yearly review, that celebrates your achievements and highlights new opportunities for the coming year, each stage lays the foundations for achieving self-mastery, reaching your goals and finding and following your purpose. Find out more here. 

Marketing Tools

Book Cave Group Promotions – If you’re looking to add your book to group promotions, Book Cave is a promotion site that will creates a special page specific to the group. All authors/publishers involved plan to discount their book to either free or 99 cents on retailers, depending on the requirements of the group, and Book Cave helps with the promotion. You can also have your book featured for individual promotions. 

Publisher Rocket
Publisher Rocket  – This handy tool, which I own, will help you get your book in front of more Amazon shoppers so you can spend less time marketing and more time writing. Rocket gives you real data that shows you exactly what Amazon customers type into Amazon, as well as how many people search for those keywords every month. With the category feature, you can quickly find relevant niche categories for your books, as well as find out how many books you’d need to sell that day in order to be the new #1 bestseller. Rocket will help you find hundreds of profitable keywords for your Amazon ad book advertising campaign in under 10 seconds. Once you have your list of keywords just click export and paste your keywords right into your AMS campaign, and you’re done! 

The site has lots of free resources also, including: 

AMS Ad Course

How to Choose Keywords Tutorial

How To Choose Categories Tutorial

Book Description Generator

Rocket Tutorials

ConvertKit

ConvertKit – This is the email service provider that I use for my mailing list. It offers automations, customizable sign-up forms, and landing pages to help bring in more email subscribers.

The Free plan includes:

  • Management of up to 1000 subscribers
  • Unlimited landing pages
  • Unlimited, customizable CTAs & signup forms
  • 30+ premium landing page templates
  • Unlimited traffic
  • Customizable domain setup
  • Mobile responsive designs
  • Unlimited email broadcasts
  • Subscriber tagging
  • Seamless Unsplash integration
  • Creator community

Below are a couple of mailing list providers recommended by my writer friends:

AWeber – One interesting integration is with the design software, Canva. You can read about that here.

ActiveCampaign

MailerLite

podcast power

Podcast Power from Irene Gabelnick – Podcast Power is a 10-page ebook that shows you a quick and easy system to land live radio and podcast interviews. It includes 5 email templates to get you booked in the media, build your brand, and get seen.

From Elizabeth Goddard: 

The Tripwire Training –  Elizabeth’s tripwire training (which I have gone through) is an in-depth course covering everything you need to know to start making surprise money with a tripwire offer. You’ll learn how to plan, set up, launch and refine your tripwire funnel in no more than a couple of hours.

The Painless Guide to Hiring and Working With a VA –  This class walks you through the entire process of getting your business ‘VA ready’, hiring the most magical unicorn VA out there, how to work together day-to-day so you get the very best support out of your fledgling team, and how to become the much loved ‘favorite client’.

Website & Domain Resources

Namecheap – This is where I purchase my domains. It’s easy and inexpensive.

SiteGround – This is what I use for my hosting. SiteGround has three plans to choose from: The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website. It’s what I started on. The GrowBig plan (which is what I’m now on for my three sites) is a great value for the money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the Ultrafast PHP that greatly improves website speed. By using my link, you’ll get a significant discount.

Siteground discount 

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