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Resources

Resources used by J. Thorn

I won’t ever suggest products or services I haven’t used myself. I highly recommend the ones on this page. Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links which means I get a tiny percentage of the sale if you purchase after clicking through, but it costs you nothing and you can always Google them if you prefer.

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Learning:

Masterclass

An incredible collection of online video courses by some of the most successful authors in the world including James Patterson, Margaret Atwood, Malcolm Gladwell, and more. Clases available ala carte and as an annual subscription.

Tools:

Scrivener Windows // macOS

Simply the best story planning and first draft tool on the market. Compatible with Windows and Mac.

Dragon Dictate

The go-to app for all of your dictating needs. The PC version is far superior to the Mac version.

Slack

An excellent alternative to email for teams.

Google Drive

Simple. Free. Ubiquitous. I pay for the additional space and its worth it.

Draft 2 Digital

A host of free author services makes this account indispensable. From universal book links to formatting, D2D has it all.

Publish Drive

A third-party distributor, Publish Drive has the best user interface out there. Hands down. Get into global markets not accessible in any other way.

Podcast Addict (app)

If you need an easy but powerful way to manage and listen to your podcasts (and you don’t want to or can’t use iTunes), Podcast Addict is perfect.

Relax Rain (app) iPhone // Android

Better than white noise and not nearly as goofy looking as noise-cancelling headphones, these apps help me get work done in busy, loud environments. Also check out Relax Sea by the same developer.

Adobe Premiere Elements

Don’t be afraid. Premiere is the simplified version of Adobe’s flagship product. You’ll be able to do simple photo and video editing without an advanced degree or having to spend thousands of dollars.

Reaper

Although designed more for musicians and multi-track recording, I use Reaper to edit all of my podcast files.

Zoom

Zoom is the best and most affordable cloud-based video conferencing service. It also has native recording capabilities and is easy to use. Send a link to a Zoom meeting and there’s nothing to install or configure. Integrates with Google Calendar.

Masterclass

Not exactly a tool, but an incredible resource. Learn from some of the most successful and prolific writers alive today including Neil Gaiman, James Patterson, and Margaret Atwood. Includes a $30 credit.

Services:

Reedsy

Reedsy allows authors to find and work with the best publishing professionals: from developmental editors to book cover designers, publicists and translators.

Ebook Launch

A family-owned business, Ebook Launch offers a wide variety of services from custom cover design to ebook and print formatting.

Aweber

In my opinion, the most customer-centric email service available. If you don’t need hundreds of features you’ll never use, go with Aweber as they have the best customer service. Hands down. I’ve been a loyal customer since 2014.

Grammarly

NOT a replacement for an editor but a great way to check basic grammar and style beyond what your spell checker can do.

K-lytics

If you’re writing or publishing genre fiction, the K-lytics reports are essential.

KDP Rocket

A must-have for identifying keywords for meta data, sales copy, and paid advertising.

Transistor.fm

New to the podcasting scene with two dynamic founders. A great, affordable option for podcast hosting.

Pippa

A new player in podcast hosting. Streamlined and affordable for any budget.

Theme Isle

If you have a self-hosted WordPress website, Theme Isle has dozens of beautiful themes in their annual subscription package which can save you thousands of dollars on web site design.

Wix.com

Wix offers an entire suite of web design and hosting tools that are drag-and-drop which means no coding or technical skills required.

Books:

*These are books that (1) I own in paperback and (2) I’ve read at least three times.


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