Publishing Tools & Resources

Having published dozens of books, and hundreds of websites over the last 18 years – you can say we've battle tested a fair few products and services. The ones we use and fully endorse, are below. 

Website Builders & Hosting

* Siteground (Incredible hosting. Tried a bunch. Let down by most. Siteground outperforms them all)

* Optimize Press (the first, and best landing page builder for WP there is. OP3 – their new release for Sept 2019 – is so  powerful and simple to use. I'd be lost without it)

* Clickfunnels (Fastest way to test sales funnels, landing pages, optin pages. Expensive though. Not essential if you're new)

Self Publishing Training

* Get 10k Readers (Get your first 10k readers – step-by-step)

* Hooks for Books (Writing compelling hooks and titles)

* Expert Secrets (For non-fiction authors looking to scale)

* Audiobooks Made Easy (Turn your books into audiobooks)

Productivity & Organization

* Evernote (Keeps my life & business organised. Use it for everything from business receipts to book planning)

* Google Drive (File storage that you can sync to all devices. Even access them offline when synced to your computer)

* Moleskine Notebook (Love 'em for simple note taking and todo lists that I can take anywhere)

* Trello (Great for project and team management)

Everything Email

 * Convertkit (Tried all the email providers, Convertkit wins hands down for its simplicity and powerful automations)

* Instant Author Emails (My email templates and swipe files to grow your book sales. Never be lost for words again)

* Autoresponder Madness (Using the art of story-driven email marketing to connect, to matter, and to influence the people you seek to serve)

Security & Backup

 * LastPass (The best there is to store's passwords for use on "all" devices – ultra secure, too. Multiple lockdown options) 

* Backup Buddy (Schedule backups for your WordPress website automatically. Restore is super simple, too)

WP Security (Great WordPress security plugin to protect from hackers. Don't get caught out. This plugin is 100% free, too)

Book Designers

 * Damonza (The pros at book cover design – use coupon code: PUBALT10 to save 10%)

* 99designs (Get designers to compete – you choose & pay for the best design)

* (Quick, cheap & dirty)

* Upwork (Search out professional freelancers)


* ThriveCart (Incredible cart system. So easy to use & ultra-powerful integrations. One time payment, too)

* Stripe (Merchant account – quick, painless acceptance)

* PayPal (Gold standard to pay and get paid)

Formatting & Editing

* Amazon Guide(Do it yourself Kindle formatting step by step)

* eBook Launch(Let the pros handle it)

* Kindle Previewer(Preview how your Kindle books will look)

* Grammarly (AI-powered assistant for mistake-free writing. Good for emails, posts and shorter texts)

* ProwritingAid (Grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package. Beats Grammarly if you want to improve your writing long-term. Good for long texts)

Web Analytics

 * Hotjar (Visitor feedback, insights & surveys)

* Google Analytics (It's free)

Self Publishing Software

* Book Review Targeter (Get book reviews. Quick & painless)

* KDSPY (My tool to Validate markets, reverse-engineer categories and find lucrative keywords & book niches)

* KDROI (My tool to quickly submit your Kindle book to the FREE KDP directories – no outsourcing required)

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