Toolbox

Consider all information on this page M.’s opinions. The info is meant to be useful and helpful. -M.

I’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and resources hunting for the best tools to help me get my work done. Here I’ll list the tools/resources I use for my various activities.

NOTE: Some links are referrals and using them will give new users expanded benefits. Enjoy!

 

Website / Email


My sites are powered by WordPress, a Content Management System (CMS). It is powerful and free to use.

My sites are hosted by SiteGround, a webhosting company that specializes in WordPress installation/management.

I manage my email list with ConvertKit, the best Email Management System (EMS) there is! (in my opinion). (Mailchimp is a free-to-start alternative, but it can grow to be more expensive and lacks some higher-end function.)

Most email collecting forms I use are created and managed through ConvertKit.

Additional email collecting forms are powered by ThriveLeads.

 

Computer Tech:


I write on a chromebook, but I do everything else on a HP Spectre laptop.

The keyboard I hope they never discontinue, Logitech Mk550 Wave Wireless Keyboard.

The keyboard I can connect to my phone (bluetooth) so I can write anywhere I go 🙂 Logitech Tablet Keyboard.

The digital pen-tablet I use for graphics, Wacom Touch Large Pen Tablet.

 

Productivity Apps:


I use Worklflowy as a todo list.

I track my time at toggl.com

 

Writing Tools:


I use a program I wrote to write in… Yeah, I’m that kind of nerd.

I have also used Google Docs for my ‘on the go’ writing lifestyle. Scrivener rocks too, but it’s not very mobile friendly.

 

Software:


I use Scapple to make visual diagrams (ex. character relationships).

I compile and edit in Word (I’ve also used Libre Office).

All my notes are in Microsoft OneNote. It’s free.

I do all things ‘ebook’ in Calibre.

Spotify keeps me sane.

I mostly create my graphics in Adobe Photoshop, but I also use Adobe Illustrator. Both are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

 

 

Audiobook Production:


I use the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) for audiobook distribution.

I record with the Audio-Technica AT2035 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle with Shock Mount, Pop Filter, and XLR Cable.

Microphone connects to the, Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact (1st GENERATION) USB Audio Interface.

Audio recording and editing in Adobe Audition. Part of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

 

Standing Desk:


Actual Desk, LUXOR Standup-CF48-DW Stand Up Desk, Crank Adjustable, 48″.

Walking Treadmill, LifeSpan TR800-DT3 Under Desk Treadmill.

 

Swag and Promotional Products:


T-Shirts and hats, from Printful.

Stickers, magnets and buttons from Stickermule.

Sunglasses from Sunglassville.

Business cards through Moo.

 

“Industry Rags” I Follow:


The Passive Voice

Sell More Books Podcast

The Digital Publishing Podcast

Authority Self Publishing

The Self Publishing Podcast

The Rocking Self Publishing Podcast

The Self Publishing Formula Podcast