Need some guidance along your writing journey? Maybe a nudge or some accountability?
We’ve put together this list of ebooks, courses and other resources for writers, so you can find one — or several! — that’s the best fit for you.
71 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer walks you through a ton of different options for earning an income as a writer.
Each entry includes a description of the skills you’ll need, a plan for getting started and an idea for how much you could charge. Read more here.
Making a Living Writing
- The Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing by Amber Adrian (under Chris Guillebeau’s Unconventional Guides brand): While it’s easy to start a freelance writing business, it’s much harder to actually run one. This guide will help your business thrive — not just survive. Read our review.
- Find Your Freelance Writing Niches: Make More Money for Less Work by John Soares: If you’re not satisfied with your income from freelance writing, you need to start specializing. This ebook will show you why and how. Read our review.
- The Freelance Blogger’s Client Hunting Masterclass by Sophie Lizard: An online course that will teach you EXACTLY how to find and win high-paying clients, with real-life examples from a successful freelance blogging business. Read our review.
- The Creative Class by Paul Jarvis: Move from irregular client work and crappy pay to being a freelance leader in your field. Paul Jarvis, who’s been freelancing for 16+ years, shares his advice on pricing, positioning and more.
Write for the Web by James Chartrand: An eguide that teaches you about what you need to set yourself up as a freelance writer so you can start your business, pitch for writing jobs, earn clients and succeed – without the hard knocks. Read our review.
- Turn Your Side Hustle Into a Full-Time Job by Alexis Grant: Explains how Alexis turned her side business into a full income, with an emphasis on making money from ebooks and growing a blog community you can monetize. Read our review.
- 30 Days to Freelance Writing Success by Gina Horkey: This crash course will take you through the process of launching and building your online writing business.
- Content Marketing for Journalists by Mridu Khullar Relph: Get into content writing — and earn more — with 24 jam-packed lessons to show you how. Read our review.
- Guest Blogging Course by Jon Morrow: Learn how to create and pitch guest posts to popular blogs in your niche, then leverage value from that exposure. Read our review.
Blog Post Promotion: The Ultimate Course by Kristi Hines: This course will take you through dozens of different strategies to successfully promote your blog posts, helping you gain the exposure you need to get the results you want. Read our review.
ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging by Darren Rowse: An ebook that will guide you, day by day, through your first week of blogging so you can make the most of those critical first few days. Read our review.
- Get Started for Freelance Blogging Success by Sophie Lizard: Need a step-by-step guide to your first 28 days as a freelance blogger? Let Sophie Lizard show you the way.
Unconventional Guide to Publishing by Chris Guillebeau: The plan you need to finally share your book with the world. This resource will help you make this your year of becoming an author. Read our review.
- Book Design Templates by Joel Friedlander & Tracy R. Atkins: These ready-to-use templates for Microsoft Word are a reasonably-priced alternative to the high cost of professional book composition. Available for both print and ebooks.
- Media Kit & Press Release Templates by Joel Friedlander & Joan Stewart: These ready-to-use templates will help you create a Media Kit that wows journalists, bloggers, reviewers, agents, audience members, buyers — even big publishers.
Craft of Writing
How to Create Believable Characters by James Chartrand: Discover character creation techniques and crucial exercises in this guide to creating characters that seem real all on their own.
- Damn Fine Words by James Chartrand: An online writing course for entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers – and yes, even writers – who need to learn how to create the copy and content their business demands, quickly and stress free.
Creating & Selling Ebooks
- Kindle Launch Plan: $1,400 in 30 Days & an Amazon Bestseller by Nick Loper: A step-by-step guide to writing, editing, publishing and marketing your Kindle ebook, based on strategies that creator Nick Loper used to earn $1,400 in his book’s first month on Amazon.
- Kindle Kids Mastery by Jon Bard and Laura Backes Bard: This course guides children’s authors step by step through publishing illustrated ebooks using Amazon’s Kindle Kids’ Book Creator tool.
- Learn Scrivener Fast by Joseph Michael: New to the popular writing program? Get up to speed quickly and learn how to make the most of Scrivener with this course.
- Author Marketing Club by Jim Krukal: Want to sell more books? With tools that help with everything from formatting your Amazon description to finding more reviewers, Author Marketing Club can help you share your book with more readers.
- Facebook Ads for Authors by Mark Dawson: Take a page from this bestselling self-published author, who leverage Facebook advertising to grow his list and sell more books. You can do it too!
Careers & Entrepreneurship
- Working on the Road by Nora Dunn (under Chris Guillebeau’s Unconventional Guides brand): You’ve heard the stories about creating a location-independent career — and now it’s your turn. Master the skills to work from anywhere and take your career abroad. Read our review.
- Unconventional Guide to Law & Order by Chris Guillebeau: Take the fear out of running your own business with this clear and comprehensive guide that covers all the topics that keep you awake at night: contracts, intellectual property rights, business incorporation, liability and taxes.
- Stress Less & Impress by Leah Kalamakis: If your email inbox causes major anxiety, you need Leah’s class. She’ll teach you how to streamline your writing business so you can spend more time doing great work and building client relationships. Read our review.
Tools & Apps
- Scrivener: Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. It’s available for both Windows and Mac users.
- Freshbooks: This cloud accounting service makes it simple to track your time, manage expenses and create invoices. Try Freshbooks free for 30 days.
MailChimp: MailChimp helps you create, send and track email newsletters. Customize your signup form and track analytics to learn about your readers and improve your content and subject lines.
Paymo: The online services helps you manage your projects, from tracking time to creating invoices.
RescueTime: RescueTime runs in the background and tracks the time you spend on each app and website — giving you an accurate, detailed picture of how you use your time.
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