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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Grammar & Editing Tools
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.
Grammar Lion: Comma Mini-Course (Free) – Master the comma and write more effectively starting today with this free mini-course. Don’t let this little punctuation mark slow you down. Stop random comma use and say goodbye to wasting time on comma decisions. 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 (Free) – Grammar can be fun when you know the rules! 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.
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.
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.
New customers can try the Planner Pad for the first time for up to six months, and if you feel it has not given you an extra hour a day, send it right back to the company for a full product refund.
Black cover – 8.5 X 11
Green cover – 8.5 X 11
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 likedThe 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.
From Brit Poe of Thriving Scribes:
Author Platform Content Toolkit – A week-by-week, highly customizable plug-and-play content creation system for fiction authors that will help you elevate your personal author brand to all new heights. Includes Content Batching Roadmap, Author Platform Content Plan, 156 Plug-And-Play Author Platform Content Prompts, and several bonuses.
Thriving Scribes Planner – Designed specifically for self-publishing authors, the Thriving Scribes Planner will guide authorpreneurs toward planning their year with intention and purpose. Get ready to plan some epic authorship goals, up your productivity, and design the author business of your dreams. This planner is undated and ready to use at any time of the year. Get the printed version or the digital PDF.
Trello 4 Authors Templates – Plot your next series, novel, and scene while organizing your digital clutter. Manage your future novel and character ideas, book launch, and book creation more efficiently with the Trello templates for authors. Get Trello boards to outline your novels, expand your ideas, and manage your publishing journey. You can just get the templates, or take a full course.
Digital Authorpreneur Home Base – Learn how to use Notion as your online author headquarters. Inside this magical template pack, you’ll find templates to help you run your business, write your books, and manage your online presence plus walkthrough videos to help you customize the system for your unique author business and workflows.
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:
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:
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.
Email Open Rate Booster from Kimi Kinsey – Everything you need to know so that you can get people actually opening your emails more often, reading what you have to say, clicking on your offerings, and buying through your links.
From Elizabeth Goddard:
Free Webinar: 5 Email Marketing ‘Rules’ to Break – In this free training, you’ll discover the perfect ratio of ‘value’ to ‘sales’ emails, how to regularly have people replying to thank you for your emails, the easy way to effectively segment your list, and much more.
Free Webinar: How to Create and Sell Something Before You’re Ready – In this free training, you’ll learn why you’re leaving money on the table and failing your audience if you don’t create and sell that epic idea you’ve had for ages, how to craft the perfect offer that works with your personality type and strengths, not against them, and much more.
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.
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.
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