Online Writer & Authorpreneur Resources

If you are new in getting your author journey or writing journey online, you are probably overwhelmed by the amount of information you need to learn and by all the tools you have to test before your website even goes live. 

In this curated list, you will find only tools and services which I personally used and can 100% recommend you. This list is updated periodically so be sure to check back soon for new recommendations.

Now, it’s also important to note here that some links on this page are affiliate links. This means, I might get a commission or a small reward when you purchase some of these tools at no extra cost to you. 

Blogging Essentials

Hosting Provider

SiteGround is one of the best web hosting services because of its high uptime guarantee of 99.99% and great speed of 311ms. All of its shared hosting plans include free SSL certificates  (https secure address for your blog)., email accounts, native CDN, automatic backups, and built-in caching.

Siteground is the leading hosting provider for bloggers, especially if you plan to use WordPress. Siteground has the most affordable plans for a beginner blogger. You can host your WordPress blog with them at a price as low as $2.99/month!

Siteground provides customer support and this is so important for anyone who is just starting a blog or author website.

Email Marketing Tools

MailChimp is a great email marketing tool for new bloggers/writers/authorpreneurs because it gives you Pre-built Email Templates for free if your list is under 500 contacts. The paid plan is affordable and comes with email automation! 

Social Media Management

Tailwind is the officially authorized Pinterest scheduler. It’s  so useful for scheduling pins of other users in bulk. I also actively use Tailwind to check Pinterest analytics. You can also use it to schedule posts on Facebook and Instagram as well. 

Schedule all of your social media (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter) content in Later. Some of the features that I love include: their caption writer, hashtag suggestions, best time to post and preview your Instagram page. This is perfect is your goal is to get on multiple platforms at once. You can even create your content in Canva and schedule it seamlessly on Later. 

Imagine if you could take one item of Content, transform it into THIRTY items of content in seconds and then distribute all 30 across ALL your social media channels and have it happen on auto-pilot. Sound amazing? Check out this bad boy..

Content Creation

Canva is an amazing content creation tool. You can use it to create social media posts, presentations, documents, flyers, videos and so much more. They have recently rolled out some updates that include AI tools to assist creators with content creation. If you follow Miss Winn on social media you should know that I use Canva religiously. The free plan is great but the paid plan for $13 a month is the best! 

Opus Clip is a generative AI video editing tool that repurposes your long videos into viral short videos in one click. It uses a proprietary curation model powered by the latest GPT to analyze and pick the gold nuggets from different parts of your video, and seamlessly rearranges them into viral short clips that stand on their own.

Digital Product Platform

Gumroad is a great platform to offer your digital products for your readers. Whether you are offering them book club discussion questions, the first chapter of your book, and so on, you can upload your offerings on Gumroad and it will be sent to their inbox as well as hosted on Gumroad’s dashboard. The platform is free to get started and they charge transaction fees for each sale. 

Productivity App

What I love about Notion is it is an app for the desktop and for my phone. I keep all of my notes, rough drafts of books/book ideas and blogs. There was a bit of a learning curve, but once I got it I started to putting all of my stuff on Notion. I use it to organize all of my systems as a business owner, author, publisher, speaker, blogger, mom, I mean it’s just soo good! They have a pretty stellar free version, but the $8 a month offers the most for a such an affordable price point. The plus subscription includes unlimited pages, unlimited file uploads, collaborate with at least 100 guests, and export all of your content into a PDF! Yes, you literally could write your book or anything in Notion and then download and print it out. 

SPEECHIFY

As an Author- Publisher one of the tasks that I have the privilege of doing is reading manuscripts. While I love to read, I love to be read to more. That’s why I use Speechify. Their monthly subscription is worth it! I read hundreds if not thousands of words a month, using Speechify to read to me has been so helpful. I sort of follow the narrator and make notes about anything that I catch with editing. Yes, this tool is great for those who want to hear their book read outloud from a different voice. Listening to your book also helps you catch typos and other editorial mistakes. When you use the link below you will get $60 off Speechify and 1 month FREE when you sign up for Premium. 

Additional Resources

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CONTINUED LEARNING

Learn the foundation of storytelling with my writing webinar here.

Or 

How to craft compelling characters for your novel here

FREE GUIDES 

Improve your experience as an indie author with this FREE bundle here.

Engage more on Social Media with this FREE guide here. 

MY YOUTUBE SETUP

I go live with Streamyard. Use this link and you will get $10 in credit. Learn more about them here. 

Web Camera: Get it here.  

Light: Get it here

Microphone:Get it here. 

Cell phone tripod: Get it here.  

Universal tripod: Get it here.