Our Favorite Resources for Writers

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.

Freelance writing jobs for beginners

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.
  • 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.



Traditional Publishing

  • 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.

Creating & Selling Ebooks

  • 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!

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.

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.
  • Harvest: This time-tracking software provides an easy way to measure the time you spend on each project, record expenses and generate invoices. Test it out in a free 30-day trial.
  • 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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