Five Resources Every Author Should Be Using

Five Resources Every Author Should Be Using

I wanted to share some resources that I use that I find help me in the process of writing, self-publishing and marketing my novels.

These are just some of the software that is available (some is free and some is not) that I have found invaluable. These are in no particular order. I will be doing a post on each to show why they have made life so much better and easier as an author.

  1. Scrivener – I think this platform is brilliant. It is incredibly useful and has made my writing life so much easier.
  2. Calibre – a great way to convert your ebooks from epub to kindle to pdf, etc. It is another amazing tool. And it’s free, although they do appreciate donations.
  3. Book Funnel – I just learned about book funnel. I think it is brilliant and has made it so much easier to share my free ebook Captured Lies with readers. It’s a few step process that puts the ebook right on the person’s reading device. Love it.
  4. Divi by Elegant Themes – This is a wordpress.org website theme. I love how easy they have made Divi to use (for the nontechie people – me). It allows you to create pretty much any look.
  5. Aweber  – is an email autoresponder. It is really easy to use and provides you with the means to you keep in touch regularly with your email subscribers.

5 resources every author should have

Scrivener

I think this software is brilliant. It has made my writing life so much easier. It is great for keeping me organized, keeping all of my information – characters, outlines, research, images, plot ideas, etc. all in one place. The best part is Scrivener gets me. 🙂 I don’t have to write linearly as I can move chapters or scenes around really easily.

Calibre Ebook Management

This is another piece of software that is invaluable. It allows me to convert my ebooks to kindle, epub, etc. and then I can easily share them with my beta list. I can also convert my free ebooks into these formats and then share. Love it.

Book Funnel

This is such a cool bit of software. It allows you to store your ebooks in whatever form you’d like. Then it gives you a link for you to make available to your subscribers (or whomever you’re giving your ebooks to). It is brilliant because the subscriber clicks on the link and then book funnel walks them through the process to download the ebook to their phone, laptop, tablet, ereader… and they provide the support should the person doing the download need any help. Love them.

Divi by Elegant Themes

Divi is a wordpress theme (for wordpress.org). It is an amazing theme that allows you to do pretty much whatever you want to do with your website. It is very flexible in what it allows you to do. The builders at Elegant Themes have made it and continue to make it easy to use with lots of training and support. Elegant themes also has other wordpress themes as well as a few dynamic plugins.

Aweber

There are other auto responders out there but I really like aweber. They are very helpful, they have a lot of great resources to help you and they have made it really easy to use. Oh yeah, and you can do some pretty cool stuff with your emails. It is a great tool to use to captured your email list and to keep them engaged. You are building your email list right?

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Flattered but It Appears To Be A Scam

Flattered… But It Appears To Be A Scam

Women of Distinction Magazine – not worthy

So I got this email… not once but twice. Of course I was tickled when I opened it but something just seemed off. Not sure what but a habit I’ve gotten into is when I receive something from someone I don’t know I do research. So that’s what I did. And I found some interesting things out. They appear to have a nice magazine layout but… from what I can find it appears to be false. I didn’t reply but then thought others might be sent this email as well, so wanted to share.
First and foremost this is

Questionable.

I found this article: https://ethicsalarms.com/2015/07/23/ethics-dunce-women-of-distinction-magazine/
(they don’t seem to do much research on who they send it to)
and then I googled the phone number and found this: https://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-631-465-9024
(they ask for money)
And then I googled this Ann Silar and while she is on social media like LinkedIn, she has no profile picture.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Glenna,

We would like to write an article about you in an upcoming issue of Women of Distinction Magazine. There are 30 women in each issue, all from different industries and we would like you to represent the field of Personal Development & Author.

Our summer issue is featuring all Professional Women of Canada.

Please visit www.womenofdistinction.net for more information and to see the latest issue.
Our past issues can be found on:

—  https://titlestand.com/t/filter?search=women+of+distinction

Let me know a good day and time to go over the process for creating your article.


Anne Silar
Senior Editor
Women of Distinction Magazine


Anne Silar
Senior Editor
Women of Distinction Magazine
631-465-9024
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If you get emails like this, make sure to check them out on the internet. Its sad that they’ve taken something that means something and turned it into whatever this is. Beware.

Simple Words Sometimes Difficult to Spell

Simple Words Sometimes Difficult to Spell

Do you ever have where you either write a word or go to write one and realize that either you can’t remember how to spell it or you seem to be constantly misspelling it? It happens all the time to me but lately its not so much the forgetting how to spell something – although that does happen – but its the misspelling simple words.

Fiction is a word that for some reason I have been spelling as ‘fictoin’ a lot lately. I don’t know if my fingers are going to fast and that’s why but it has become a regular occurrence. The other one is really a creation of my own fault. I love using the play on words, so I often on purpose will put ‘write’ instead of ‘right’. For example – ‘The Write Catch’, ‘The Write Way’… etc. The problem with this is that I now find when I’m writing an article or in one of my novels, I use ‘write’ for ‘right’. Usually I catch myself write 🙂 away. But sometimes it’s not until I go through the information later that I find what I’ve done. It’s a bit frustrating.

I don’t know if it’s just because I am more focused or its an issue. I know that I’ve really become aware a lot more of the differences in spelling from Canadian, United States and Britain – same words but different spelling. A topic I’ll discuss another day. It does however add that other layer of confusion as to how words are meant to be spelled. For example, when I was writing this, I wrote mispelled with one ‘s’, wrong it says it needs two s’s – misspelled. I don’t know that I use that word a lot but I think I’ve been misspelling it for a long time.

What words get you?

 

You’re Never Too Old To Start Writing

You're never too old to start-1You’re never too old to start writing.

I love talking to people about writing and I love to hear about their journey with writing. It is something that seems to be a passion for many but quite a few seem to shy away from it for a long time. I could go into all the reasons I think that happens but I’d rather talk about how cool it is that people are gravitating more and more to do writing. I think this is actually true of all artistic/creative endeavors.

Recently, I met a gentleman, who at 82, was happily selling his fifteen books that he’d written. The cool part was that he didn’t start writing until he was 60. Several years ago I met a gentleman who wrote a book about his experience working on the rail line in Canada for most of his life. He was 103 years old. How cool is that? I love to see people write, to me it doesn’t matter what they are writing, just that they are writing.

We all have a story to tell, a story to share – real or fiction – that I think the rest of the world needs to hear. That’s why I am so passionate about working with women and getting them to write their stories, whatever that may be for them.

Writing is so freeing. I have found that several individuals who have finally taken up writing have said that it is something that they’ve wanted to do most of their life. They’ve had a story playing in their head, or they have felt that their life story or that of someone they know should be told. For others they never even wanted to be a writer, they just found that suddenly one day something happened – someone told them they should, they find themselves with time and not much to do, there are many reasons –  and they started writing. In fact the 82 year old gentleman I mentioned earlier, that was what happened to him. And now he can’t stop. 🙂

The truth is that you are never too old to start writing. It is something that everyone can do and my opinion is that they should.

Write because you can!
Glenna Mageau

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