Resources

Your journey to success as an established self published author requires patience and time – and heaps of expert advice (something we’re proud to be able to offer here at SPF). We have put together a series of short guides and selected trusted partner services that will help you as you move forward on your self publishing journey.

  • Approved Resources

    It’s especially useful to know about specific tools and partner services that are going to help you as you move forward with your career. On this page, we’ve gathered links to tried and tested resources that we regularly use ourselves and can wholeheartedly recommend to others. Click on the links below to take you to the individual providers. We’ll be adding to this list as and when new resources have been road tested and approved.

    WP Engine

    Heartily recommended by pro web developers the world over, WP Engine is a WordPress platform backed by a team of WordPress experts who are available to help clients 24/7. They could be the ideal hosting partner for your WordPress-based author website. Click the link to secure a very special deal – THREE MONTHS FREE with annual plan purchases.

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    Studiopress

    A natural partner for a Bluehost account, Studiopress produce a wide variety of beautiful and rock-solid WordPress themes. We use one of their themes as the basis for this very site. If you’re intent on using WordPress to create your author website, this is a great place to start – and maybe end – your search for that killer template that’s going to make your site sing. Find out more and sign up.

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    Vellum

    Vellum‘s ebook formatting app will allow you to create exquisite versions of your book for a wide variety of online stores. There are a whole host of style options to choose from with the result that, whatever design option you go for, your book will look amazing wherever it’s viewed. Please note that Vellum is currently only available for Mac. Find out more and sign up.

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    Convertkit

    Convertkit is an email marketing service that has been designed by bloggers for bloggers – but not exclusively! Anyone involved in a content-driven business will make good use of this very precise and powerful tool that has gotten rave reviews and many fans since its launch in 2014. We’ve negotiated a fantastic deal for the SPF community: a 30-DAY FREE TRIAL of Convertkit. Just click on ‘View’ below to find out more.

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    Leadpages

    Leadpages is a fantastic tool for collecting leads and subscribers from landing pages, pop-up forms, social media and email. It comes with lots of great templates that are easy to customise, enabling you to create professional-looking lead magnet forms and landing pages. We use it every day! Find out more and sign up.

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    Bluehost

    Bluehost is one of the largest and most trusted web hosting providers out there, powering in excess of 2 million websites. It’s also the number #1 recommended web hosting resource by WordPress.org and for good reason. The service is super-tuned to work well with WordPress sites (like ours) – that also make excellent author websites. Find out more and sign up.

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    Reedsy

    Reedsy is a vibrant marketplace of professional editors, designers and marketers who can assist authors and publishers through every stage of the publishing process. The people that work under the Reedsy umbrella are thoroughly vetted to ensure efficient collaboration and industry leading work. Use this link to receive $20 OFF the price of your first Reedsy collaboration.

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    ProWritingAid

    Exceptional writing depends on much more than just correct grammar. You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. ProWritingAid helps you find the best way to express your ideas.

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    Wix

    Wix is a well-established and easy to use website builder, ideal for those looking to create a smart, professional author site without the need for a knowledge of code or third-party help.

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    Grammarly

    Online service Grammarly will help ensure your copy is well written and makes perfect sense. Think of it as a tool to polish your writing to make it the best it can be.

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    Book Brush

    Secure a 15% lifetime discount on the amazing service that makes creating professional ad and social media images and videos for your book campaigns an absolute breeze. Deal refers to the annual PLUS plan – $96 per year but $81.60 with discount. Click the link below and use this coupon code: SPF15

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