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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This 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 is the go-to-place for all your self-publishing questions. Today he is the foremost authority on all things related to book publishing, book design, and self-publishing. Joel has helped me more than he will ever know. I really appreciate all that he does. And I’m very thankful for everthing that he has taught me. Everything Joel does is high quality and extremely helpful.” -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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“I’ve taken Mark’s online classes, and still now continue to watch and learn from his videos. I have found them to be very easy to listen to, understand, and implement the information into my own book marketing efforts.” -JCK

Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing Formula: “From the flagship “Advertising for Authors” to the foundational “Self Publishing 101,” our premium courses have been taken by thousands of students. Whether it’s learning how to write and edit a bestseller, design a stunning book cover, master Scrivener or boost your word count, you’ll find everything you’re looking for here. The knowledge from these courses has kickstarted the careers of bestselling authors around the world – I’d love to teach you, too.” -From SPF’s About page

“I have popular courses that will help writers at every stage of their careers. Fiction and non-fiction, all genres. There’s something for everyone. Check them out.” -Mark Dawson
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“I have been using GoDaddy for my WordPress web hosting management and domain registrations since 2013. Their customer service is extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. They also backup my website every day. They are not inexpensive, but they are the biggest and the best.” -JCK

GoDaddy is your all in one solution to grow online. Create your own free website, get a domain name, fast hosting, online marketing, and award-winning 24/7 support.
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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. This is an amazing value. Great customer service.” -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. This is also an amazing value.” -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 helpful customer service. At first, it will be overwhelming and very confusing to figure out how to use it and to get it to work properly. But, with a lot of practice and experimentation, and watching YouTube videos, it will eventually get easier. This service is not inexpensive, but they are the biggest and the best.” -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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“The premier grammar checker, readability checker, vocabulary checker, plagiarism checker, and spell checker. This is an amazing tool that is very powerful and easy to use. We use it on our iMac desktop computers for everything we write. Very low monthly cost. Although it’s only one part of our toolbox of editing tools and process, it’s plays a very important part. We highly recommend this product.” -JCK

Grammarly helps you “communicate with impact. It ensures that everything you write comes across the way you intend. Present your best self every time you type. make your writing clear and engaging. Easily improve any text. Helps eliminate grammar errors. Also has plagiarism detection.”
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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 very reasonable price. Ask lots of questions before you hire someone.” -JCK

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 very substantial learning curve for this software. But, with lots of practice and watching many YouTube videos on each one, we have become very good at using it. This is not inexpensive, so make sure that you are willing to make the commitment to learning how to use 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. But, there is a serious learning curve to using a service like this, and understanding how you will get your files restored. Ask lots of questions and watch lots of YouTube videos about how it works. Even if you use this service, or one like it, you still need to have several backup drives connected to your computers at all times.” -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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“This website is absolutely amazing. One look, and you will hooked. They have everything you would ever need to start and complete all of your creative projects, all at very low monthly cost. Plus, they have about 29,000 free tutorials on how improve your creative skills. Because there is so much content available, it’ll take a lot of time to learn how to search and find things on their website, but it will be worth it.” -JCK

Envato Elements offers graphic templates, stock videos and photos, music tracks, sound effects, website/blog templates, video templates, YouTube graphic packs, presentation/deck templates, infographics, fonts, and plugins. Everything you need at one low price.
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“This online social-media scheduling service is very impressive. Very powerful and very versatile. Although it’s easy to set-up and start, there’s a very big learning curve if you’re a beginner with marketing or social media. It’s probably better to wait until you have a substantial body of work that you want to share. If you have a large body of content, adding links, photos, graphics, and text can take quite a while. But, with some research, some experimentation, and watching lots of YouTube videos, it will get easier.” -JCK

Edgar is a social media management tool that saves hours a week by eliminating the time-consuming busywork from your scheduling routine. By storing all of your social media updates in an unlimited library, Edgar is able to share your content automatically. You never run out of things to post, your updates get the chance to be seen by new people, and you can finally take a break from babysitting your social media!