Invest In Yourself!
That right there is my #1 rule for any kind of writing success. Give yourself the right tools, the right tribe, and the right mindset to get your writing where you want it to be.
You want an actionable list of things you can do to invest in yourself? Awesome! I put together a countdown for you. Check it out.
10. Writer’s Digest Is Your Friend
Their shop has all kinds of AMAZING courses, tutorials, webinars, and other resources for you to use! You can even use this coupon when you shop there! $10 Off Any Workshop at Writers Digest University at Writers Digest Shop. Use coupon code AFFTEN during checkout.
9. The Irresistible Novel by Jeff Gerke
If you’ve been struggling and trying to figure out what story you really want to write, this book is for you! Get Your Copy Here!
8. A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld
This book has gotten me through SEVERAL hard knocks over the course of my writing career, so far. If you need a constant companion to help you buck up or buckle down, this book is the resource you’ll come back to over and over again! Get your copy of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence HERE! (Or check THIS out: Becoming Persistent: How to Survive and Thrive on the Path to Publication)
If you’re anything like me, and it helps to have someone (in this case something) to talk to/ask you questions about your stories when you’re in the planning phase, get in on this ASAP! I am in LOVE with Notebook.ai. You can sign up HERE.
6. 5,000 Words Per Hour (Book & App) by Chris Fox
I honestly can’t even BEGIN to tell you how much more productive I am as a writer after reading this book and downloading the app! Get the book HERE.
5. Invest In Your Cover!
I’ve come across some truly amazing cover designers on Facebook guys! I’m just going to give you a bulleted list here. I highly recommend checking them all out and seeing who best suits your style (or your price range)!
- J Ash B Designs
- Mariah Sinclair’s The Cover Vault
- Book Covers By Dark Imaginarium Art & Design
- Methyss Art Premade Covers
- Covers By Combs
- Cover Reveal Designs by Lori Grundy
- Crimson Phoenix Creations Book Covers & More
- Seventhstar Book Covers
- Premade Book Covers by Sanja Gombar
- REALLY COOL BONUS THING: GET YOUR COVER ANIMATED! Check it out at the Book Cover Animations Members’ Lounge
Since Pronoun’s closing, a lot of writers are looking for new wide publication options outside of simply uploading to KDP. If you’re looking to go wide, PublishDrive will get you where you want to be!
3. The Plot Genie
If you’re anything like me, working with The Plot Genie (a.k.a. Heather Cardona) will save your (writing) life! Seriously, join her group HERE. I promise you WILL thank me for this.
I always find myself second-guessing all the plotting I’ve done, and I always worry about my pacing, because it’s not my strong suit. You don’t have to worry about that when you work with The Plot Genie. She does everything from taking outlines you’ve already done and fixing them up to make them even MORE addictive, to writing your outlines FOR you if you don’t want to be bothered!
2. Creative Central With Debbie Burns
This is an AMAZINGLY positive and uplifting group for creatives on Facebook. You can find it HERE. If you join, I can PROMISE you that you’ll find some of your most faithful tribe members here.
1. Rebecca Hamilton & OTOH, Books!
I really can’t say enough about how wonderful Rebecca is, both as a person and as a service provider for authors! She has several Facebook groups and a website. All I can tell you is JOIN EVERYTHING! You never know when or where she’s going to post some kind of incredible opportunity, service, course, or deal on any of the above! There’s a reason I’ve listed her at #1, guys.