Essential Tools and Resources for (Serious) Authors

I’m finally putting together a list of the tools and resources I use to build traffic, increase conversions, design amazing promotional materials and advertisements, write and publish books, build courses and landing pages, and make passive income online.

It took me about 10 years to figure it all out, and the first five years I worked really hard and didn’t make very much money. But now I can pretty much write full-time, own my time and schedule, live a nomadic lifestyle and create my own magnificent adventure.

These are some of the tools and resources that helped me get here.

Platform Basics


WordPress Themes

Landing Pages

Email Marketing

Book Writing and Editing


Book Reviews


Book Design

Courses and Education

Inspiration and Goal Setting

My Books (get these free)

Book Promotion + Keyword Research

Book Editing

  • Derek, I notice you have sign up button on your facebook author page. How did you do that? I have a mailchimp account, which is what I’d like that link to go to.
    Thanks for your help!

    • You can add a button and link where ever you want, I just linked straight to my mailchimp form.

      • Thanks – it took me a lot of messing around on both sites but I figured it out.
        Best to you!

  • Ursmare

    Watched your Plot videos, liked them very much, but didn’t take any notes because I intended to track down your offered PlotDot.pdf and Sample outline. But they were not where you said they’d be, but rather ‘they’re at my site’. But I can’t find them here either. I’d have given up by now, but I have to know if this all some sort of bait and switch. Can’t imagine such a nice guy would do that. It’s likely I’m just not looking in the right place. But I have to know now that I’ve put in such an effort.

    [email protected]

  • Jennie Kitching

    Hi there Derek I am just sending oodles of gratitude for your kind advice and support which is so generously given AND which is all working. Thank you soooo much. Have a brilliant day – in fact have a whole heap of ’em. : )

  • Keith Hoar

    Hey Derek – GREAT tools! Do you have a list of recommended editors that write descriptive text and/or blurbs? 90+% of respondents love my cover but think the descriptive text is the reason for no sales. Appreciate whatever resources you can point me to.

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