As we work through this book, I’ll be giving you a variety of tools to accomplish the tasks at hand. The following tools form the foundation of your kit and you’ll use them throughout your publication process.
This book includes access to a downloadable, printable Workbook available at theSelfPublishingToolkit.com/workbook. Please download and print it, as the text references various Worksheets and checklists available only in the Workbook. These Worksheets will vastly improve your workflow and the checklists make sure you don’t miss a detail, particularly when you get to the Promotion section of the book. (The Workbook is in PDF format, so you will need Acrobat Reader.)
This eBook contains a lot of links in the text, which is not always convenient if you’re reading it on a Kindle or similar device. To make accessing the recommended information as easy as possible, I’ve complied all of the links into a Resource Guide, which you’ll find at the end of the book. It is also available as a free PDF download at theSelfPublishingToolkit.com/guide.
I highly recommend downloading Evernote before you begin the tasks outlined in this guide. Evernote functions like virtual scrapbook. You can record bits and pieces of webpages, pictures, text and just about anything else you can think of in “notebooks.” You’ll need to track a lot of URLs, logins and web addresses to manage your online presence. Having all of your links, logons and associated information in one place is an amazing timesaver.
This book makes use of a number of free tools provided by Google. In order to access them, you will need a Google account. If you don’t already have one, please sign up now.
The ability to make a plan and then work the plan is the key to being a successful author. You’ll need a calendar or planner in order to record your goals. I recommend getting something that you can physically write in, whether it’s a wall calendar, desk calendar or traditional planner. There is something about writing things down on paper that connects the brain to the task in a way online calendars can’t match. However, digital calendars are much more flexible, so if Google Calendar is more your speed, go for it. The most important thing is to find a planning tool that you will use.
This is a free guide for writers that is published by Amazon. You will need to download it and view it on your Kindle (or device of your choice with a free Kindle app) or you can use the Cloud Reader. As a side note, the Cloud Reader (which can be configured for offline reading) is excellent and very easy to read in.
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