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Over the years of being an author, the team has come across a lot of awesome resources, and this is where you'll find more information on them.


Grammarly 

About Grammarly - The writing assistant that works where you write. Check grammar, wordiness, and more. Great writing gets better results. Take yours to the next level. Easily improve any text. Eliminate grammar errors. Services: Advanced Grammar Rules, Contextual Spell Checker.


I have personally used Grammarly for years, it is an awesome tool! Being plagued with my very own type of English due to my Dyslexia, I use Grammarly all the time. For my day job writing emails, presentation and in my spare time writing. I even used Grammarly for this article.


What I like to do is write in Word first, then copy and paste the text into Grammarly (this is Free so even more awesome). Then I make a selection of how I would like the text to read, for Lawson Bookstore I like my writing to be fun, which is different from my day job. After the selection has been made, Grammarly works its magic and highlights the errors from me to correct or pass on. Normally it catches that I’ve missed words, that’s my shorthand English which only I can understand.


Once the text is correct I normally copy the text back into Word, this way I have a clean version of the text in case I want to use it later. Then I copy the text into my page of Shopify and I’ll good to launch my content.

 

Cost > Free 

Website link > Grammarly

 


Shopify 

About Shopify, We're not just an eCommerce software, Shopify is the best eCommerce platform that has everything you need to sell online, on social media, or in person.


My website was created on Shopify, over the last 6 months I’ve been learning all about Shopify. I’ve made four other websites as I tested to find out which way of working I liked the most.


I’ve worked with a lot of different website providers over the years, Squarespace, Weebly, and many others. I’ve enjoyed building my site of Shopify for many reasons, I’ll list a few below.


1, Shopify makes it super easy to build the website, the templates and interface are very easy to use,
2, The support network is awesome, I used many groups on Facebook many have thousands of members which all help out one another.
3, Shopify has apps that you can use on your store to customize the options to your needs.
4, There is a lot of SEO details which you can work with, which I’ve enjoyed learning about. Before I started my research I never knew anything about how important backlinks were.
5, I wanted to reformat some content and I couldn’t find the Html coding for it (I’ve been learning about coding, its quite interesting, you don’t need to know coding for Shopify) I messaged Shopify and they were super helping within 24 hours they’d made the changed for me, free of charge!


Cost > Free
Website link > Shopify

 

 

Fiverr 

Fiverr is the world's largest freelance services marketplace for businesses to focus on growth & create a successful business at affordable costs.

Over the years I have used Fiverr a lot, and love it! I've worked with many different people with skills ranging from logo, videos to editing. There is a huge selection of talented people on Fiverr, and the cost is great!

Some of the covers for my books were made by artists on Fiverr, actually, quite a lot of my covers are from Fiverr.

I've found the most important thing is to give the artist a clear direction. 

Cost > $5 + 

Website link > Fiverr

 

 
Weebly

About Weebly, Weebly’s free website builder makes it easy to create a website, blog, or online store. Find customization templates, domains, and easy-to-use tools for any type


I have used Weebly a few times to create different websites, it’s a great platform to create a website that you want for just one page or many more pages. I created one for a game that I’d made up for one of my books where readers could guess the murder, it took me less than an hour to complete. I have also used Weebly to host giveaways. My daughter's author site is was created on Weebly, I got an awesome deal on Black Friday so went for the paid option. There are loads of different things you can do with Weebly and I will be using it again in the future.


Cost > $0 +
Website link >  Weebly - Websites, eCommerce & Marketing in one place.

Weebly - Websites, eCommerce & Marketing in one place.

Email Octopus 

About Email Octopus - Manage and email your subscribers for far cheaper with Email Octopus. Drag and drop email builder, powerful analytics, bounce/complaint tracking and more.


I have used Email Octopus for many years, it’s been a great tool at a low price. Setting up the service is very easy, and so is creating the templates. Today I created a new template within 30 minutes and it looks very good if I do say so myself.


Cost > $0 +
Website link > Email Octopus

Emailoctopus

Patreon 

About Patreon, Patreon is a crowdfunding membership platform based in the United States that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, with ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or "patrons".


In the past, I would share all of my content on Amazon and all my books were in Kindle Unlimited. I wanted to do something different, give away chapters of my books for free, I wasn’t able to do this if I was part of Kindle Unlimited. Which meant I’d lose earnings from no longer being in the program. My idea was to join Patreon and see if I could use that tool to off send some of my losses. It’s the early days as I’ve just launched it.


I enjoyed setting up my Patreon page, it was very simple to create and a lot of fun to come up with the different membership levels.


Cost – Free to set up

Website link > Patreon

 

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