Author Apps - R. L. Stedman
Prices in USD, correct 16.3.17 but may change without notice.
Use doesn't imply endorsement or expertise - you try at your own risk!
There are probably others, feel free to add to the list.
|name of app||cost||web link||what can you do with it||how hard is it?||examples|
|canva||free||https://www.canva.com||make FB ads, bookmark proofs, book covers||easy|
|smart mockups||$49||https://app.smartmockups.com||make mockups of your book, 3D book covers etc||easy. there is a free version too. try that first!|
|vellum||$29.99||https://vellum.pub||format your book for mobi & epub. print version coming. cost varies depending on numbers of titles.||suuper easy. However, you need a mac.|
|FB||free||you should know this!||run advertising, promo an author page||You need chrome to launch power editor. Free course on advertising avail at Self-pub formula||https://selfpublishingformula.com/facebook-advertising-for-authors/|
|pixabay||free||https://pixabay.com||download free stock photos||downloading is easy. then manipulate through canva||the Canva example above is a pixabay background|
|recur post||free||https://recurpost.com||set up social media scheduling||takes a while to figure out, but then its set and forget.|
|Draft 2 Digital||free||https://www.draft2digital.com||publishing and distribution to online stores||loading up takes a while. If you format in vellum then load to D2D you might get a better product.||There is a royalty fee - ie you pay on user download.|
|Book funnel||$20 per year||https://bookfunnel.com||deliver freebies and files to your readers||really easy. Brilliant product. You can also use instafreebie, i prefer the look and feel of bookfunnel tho. this is the starting plan, it ramps up once you get prolific and popular!|
|Mailchimp||free||https://mailchimp.com||maillist management||not that easy. I found MC a v steep learning curve. BUT free for first 2000 subscribers|
|wordpress.org||hosting charge applies||https://wordpress.org/about/||website provider||not that easy. You also need to pay for domain hosting + domain. However, this is your biggest advertising platform. Make sure you get access to the content management part of the site. Some people use Wix or Squarespace. Me, i prefer wordpress because you get a whole heap of plugins that are reasonably cost effective. If you're want a free solution you can use Tumblr (free), wordpress.com or blogspot. But you won't get the functionality of a 'proper' website.||Additional plug-ins I recommend:|
- my book progress - free
- yoast - free
- a gallery plug in (I use Envira) - one off charge
- theme - one off charge. Make sure its mobile friendly.
- my website is www.rlstedman.com if you want to see how i set mine up.
|Youtube||free||you should know this!||research and how to tips||If you can't figure out a plug in or an app there will almost always be a youtube tutorial|
|google analytics||free||http://www.google.com/analytics/#?modal_active=none||data on web activity||A bit of a learning curve||I don't know how to set this up - a web guy or youtube can help though!|
$30US per report
|keyword and category research||Not cheap||easy to use - comes complete with a videos. very helpful vendor|
|A blurb||free||http://ablurb.github.io||formatting tool for book descriptions||Free, easy to use||bullet-proof!|