Recommended Writing Resources

 

Check out these tools and products that have made a difference in my writing journey. 

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Getting Started

 

I wrote the Start-Up Guide for Online Writers as a comprehensive resource that includes all of the tips and advice I would offer if we were having coffee together and you asked me how to grow your writing life.

I’ve included direct links to all kinds of writing-related resources, including places to submit guest posts, Facebook groups to join, places to review books for free, recommended books on writing, and much more. 

One reader says the Start-Up Guide “is a wealth of information and I can’t recommend it enough for Christian writers at all stages in their career. You won’t be disappointed.”

Read more about the Start-Up Guide for Online Writers here. 

 

Do you struggle with platform building as a Christian writer or speaker? If so, I encourage you to get a copy of Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me). 

If you’ve wrestled with the tension of promoting yourself when you’re called to promote Christ, yet have a burning desire to share the message God has given you, this book is for you. 

CLICK HERE to buy your copy on Amazon today.

Email List Building

ConvertKit is Five Minute Friday’s recommended email distribution provider for building an email list, setting up multiple opt-ins to attract new subscribers, and sending great emails to your existing readers.

Read more about Why I Switched from MailChimp to ConvertKit.

Want to try it out?

Get your free trial to ConvertKit here: www.fiveminutefriday.com/convertkit

Need help building your email list? 

Email List Building 101 is a helpful course offered by Crystal Paine from Your Blogging Mentor. She’ll teach you four foundational principles for growing and nurturing your list, including tips for getting more email subscribers and steps for creating an automated funnel and promotion for your readers.

Learn more here

Social Media Scheduling

SmarterQueue is a social media scheduling tool that will save you hours of time each month. Not only that, but it will also help you provide valuable content for your readers and followers even when you’re not personally logged into your social media accounts.

Read Why I Love SmarterQueue for Social Media Scheduling

Get your free trial to SmarterQueue here: www.fiveminutefriday.com/smarterqueue

Courses

Do you want to start a blog, but you’re struggling to figure out WordPress? 

WordPress 101 might be exactly what you need. Crystal Paine from Your Blogging Mentor will hold your hand and walk you step-by-step through the process of learning WordPress so you can spend more time blogging and less time trying to figure out what to do.

Learn more here

My Favorite Writing Tool

Scrivener absolutely revolutionized by writing life. It’s like a glorified Microsoft Word straight from heaven. 

Here’s a blog post I wrote (including a video demo) to show you exactly why I love Scrivener so much. Seriously, once you taste it yourself there’s no turning back. 

Click the buttons below to learn more about why I think Scrivener is so amazing: 

Recommended Books on Writing

Here’s a collection of some of my favorite books on the writing life:

Elements of Style

Love Letters to Writers

by Andi Cumbo-Floyd

On Being a Writer

On Being a Writer

by Ann Kroeker & Charity Singleton Craig

Five Minute Friday

The Art of Spiritual Writing

by Vinita Hampton Wright

Website Hosting

If you’re looking for a great option for website hosting, I can highly recommend Fistbump Media. I’ve used Fistbump Media since 2013 for a number of my own self-hosted websites. 

They are knowledgable and offer great service. Whether you’re looking for a new domain, website hosting, blog design, or SEO services, Fistbump Media can get the job done. 

Visit Fistbump Media for more information on the complete range of services they offer. 

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