Productivity Tools

Online productivity tools that can help your self-publishing business run more smoothly, more efficiently, and hopefully more profitably.


“Tools give you leverage.
Leverage gives you power.”
Michael S. Hyatt


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Each product listed on this page is an affiliate link, which means that I earn a small commission each time someone purchases a product using my link. The list will change and grow as I develop relationships with other resources that are worthy of your consideration.

I only work with the best people and the best companies – which means they deliver on what they promise – and more. They don’t waste my time or money. I share those people, companies, and products with you here. They help me make more money, I help them make more money, and they will in turn help you make more money. It’s a win-win-win relationship. -JCK


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“Joel’s website TheBookDesigner.com is the go-to-place for all your self-publishing questions. Today he is the foremost authority on all things related to book publishing and book design. Joel has helped me more than he will ever know. I really appreciate all that he does.” -JCK

Book Design Templates. Beautiful, industry-standard book design templates. Now you can quickly and easily create beautiful books right in Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign. Built to industry-standard specifications, these template styles will make your book stand out, without all of those newbie mistakes. Handcrafted by award-winning book designer Joel Friedlander.

“Writers change the world one reader at a time. But you can’t change the world with a book that’s still on your hard drive or in a box under your bed.” -Joel Friedlander
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“A great resource for a great variety of very inexpensive vector images. Their images have helped me create some very successful infographics that have driven quite a bit of traffic to my website.” -JCK

VectorStock is a specialized stock agency – specifically developed to represent the best Vector only images, graphics, icons & illustrations – all available for download royalty-free at amazingly low prices. Files are available for download as zipped EPS archives, once unzipped you will need vector editing software like Adobe Illustrator.
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“An excellent podcast hosting service, that’s very easy to use, and works seamlessly with WordPress – all for a very low monthly fee. They also have excellent customer service, and a great Podcaster Dashboard.” -JCK

Blubrry is a podcasting community and directory that gives creators the power to make money, get detailed audience measurements and host their audio and video. Whether you are a media creator, advertiser or media consumer, Blubrry is your digital media interface.
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“The premier email management and sending service. A very powerful and reliable tool. Lots of online learning materials, and very helpful customer service.” -JCK

Mailchimp is for all your email needs in one place. Bring your audience data, marketing channels, and insights together so you can reach your goals faster. With Mailchimp, you can promote your business across email, social, landing pages, postcards, and more — all from a single platform.
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“An amazing amount of very talented people that are willing and able to help with all of your design needs, at a reasonable price.” -JK

Fiverr’s mission is to change how the world works together. Help your creative content stand out with a captivating book cover design.
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“This software is absolutely essential for our business. We are very dependent on Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat. There is a substantial learning curve for this software, but with practice and watching many YouTube videos on each one, we have become very good at using it.” -JCK

Adobe Creative Cloud. Entire collection of Adobe creative tools plus 100GB storage. Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop, mobile apps, and services for photography, design, video, web, etc. 12-month subscription with auto-renewal, billed monthly, PC/Mac.
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“It is such a relief for everyone in my company knowing that Backblaze is silently working in the background always doing its job for us. They provide us with an amazing service for a very low price.” -JCK

Backblaze is a world leader in computer backup and cloud storage. Cloud storage that’s astonishingly easy to use, reliable, and low-cost. Never lose a personal or business file again. Backup an unlimited amount of data. Unlimited bandwidth. Unlimited file size. You can download a free restore or have a USB hard drive or USB key Fedex’d to you.
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