Below are resources I recommend for aspiring authors, writers, and bloggers who want to write, edit, and market amazing content that sells. Some of these links are affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you purchase through the link, yet it costs you nothing more–promise. Thanks for checking out my recommended tools and books. If you have any questions or want further recommendations, send me an email. I’d be happy to help!

For Writing

Buy Scrivener 2 for macOS (Regular Licence)


by Literature & Latte

I’d heard enough authors & bloggers rave about Scrivener that when I decided to write my first book, this was one of the first tools I bought. While I like Word better as editor, I like Scrivener way better as writer. It allows me to be creative, organize my projects, upload my research, rearrange things when I revise, plus format when I’m done writing. I can’t say enough about this writing software.


by Dave Chesson of

Whenever I have a book idea, or an author asks for my advice coming up with a title or subtitle, I immediately open my KDP Rocket software to find profitable book ideas and keywords on Amazon. It’s fast, easy, and affordable. Plus, making sure there’s a market for your book is one of the best things you can do before writing your book.

The War of Art

by Steven Pressfield

For Editing

The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know

by Shawn Coyne and Introduction by Steven Pressfield


This is the best free tool I’ve found for checking grammar and spelling based on context. You can use it online by adding it to your chrome browser or download one for Microsoft Office Word. (Yes, even editors need grammar and spell checkers.) I use it online while typing emails or in Google docs, but have not used it with Word because it’s not supported for Word for Mac, and I broke up with Windows and PCs years ago.

For Marketing


You’ll need a website for your Author Page, book, and building buzz for your big launch. Bluehost is easy to use and affordable. I launch this website in just minutes. With the low cost (FREE domain name) and high service, reliability, and 1-click WordPress install, it’s no wonder it’s recommended by so many, and what I use for my site.

For Cover Designs


Reedsy is a marketplace of vetted professionals, including book designers. You can search for your genre and find someone with the specific experience you’re looking for.


A free and simple tool to learn that can create amazing designs. Not the best choice for book covers, but if you have $0 in your budget it’s better than nothing. Has helpful tutorials too.