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Having published dozens of books, and hundreds of websites over the last 18 years – you can say we’ve battle tested a fair few products and services. The ones we use in our business and fully endorse, are below. 

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Writing Tools

  • Ulysses –– My main writing app. Beats Scrivener for its simplicity and cloud syncing across all devices.
  • The Archive –– If you’ve never heard of a Zettelkasten – you need learn about how it’s the antidote to note taking chaos. Improve your note taking and personal knowledge management with this excellent app.
  • ProwritngAid –– Grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package. Beats Grammarly if you want to improve your writing long-term. Good for long texts. Chrome extension available, too.
  • Hemingway Editor –– Improve readability and complex sentence structures quickly and easily. Free app, too.

Productivity & Organisation

  • Evernote –– Keeps my business organised. Great for business receipts, and web clippings. 
  • Sync –– File storage you can sync to all devices. Beats Dropbox and Google drive for its security, privacy and end-to-end encryption. It just plain works better, too. Plus, you get 5GB free.
  • Brain.fm –– Functional music to maintain writing focus. Works for me. I can’t stand silence, though.
  • Pocket –– Organize your bookmarks with tags and read offline. Allows you to add highlights & notes to content.
  • Workflowy –– Great for mind maps and visualising book projects.
  • Moleskine Notebook –– Love ’em for simple note taking and to-do lists that I can take anywhere.

Book Formatting & Editing

Book Cover Designers

  • Damonza –– The pros at book cover design. Use coupon code: PUBALT10 to save 10%.
  • 99designs –– Get designers to compete. You pay for the best design.
  • Fiverr –– Quick, cheap & dirty, but hit and miss.
  • Upwork –– Search out professional freelancers.

Self Publishing Education

Security & Backup

  • LastPass –– The best there is to store’s passwords for use on “all” devices – ultra secure, too. Multiple lockdown options.
  • Backup Buddy –– Schedule backups for your WordPress website automatically. Restore is super simple, too.
  • WP Security –– Great WordPress security plugin to protect from hackers. Don’t get caught out. This plugin is 100% free, too.

Everything Email

  • Convertkit –– Tried all the email providers, Convertkit wins hands down for its simplicity and powerful automations.
  • Instant Author Emails –– My email templates and swipe files to grow your book sales. Never be lost for words again.
  • Autoresponder Madness –– Using the art of story-driven email marketing to connect, to matter, and to influence the people you seek to serve.

Payments

  • ThriveCart –– Incredible cart system. So easy to use & ultra-powerful integrations. One time payment, too.
  • Stripe –– Merchant account – quick, painless acceptance.
  • PayPal –– Gold standard to pay and get paid.

Analytics & Tracking

  • Clickmagick –– Advanced tracking to monitor ROI on advertising spend, complete with a/b testing and so much more. Ultra powerful.
  • Hotjar –– Visitor feedback, insights & surveys.
  • Google Analytics –– It’s free.

Website Builders & Hosting

  • Thesis + Focus ThemeThis is the theme for this blog. It’s ultra lightweight, blazing fast, and stunning. Lot’s of customizations.
  • Optimize Press –– The first, and best landing page builder for WP there is in my opinion. OP3 – their recent release for Sept 2019 – is so  powerful and simple to use. I’d be lost without it.
  • Clickfunnels –– Fastest way to test sales funnels, landing pages, optin pages. Expensive though. Not recommended if you’re new.
  • Siteground –– Incredible hosting. Tried a bunch. Let down by most. Siteground outperforms them all.