Favorite Publishing Tools
These are Gundi’s favorite Publishing Tools that helped her publish 13 #1 Bestsellers!! – Most are described in the top selling publishing guide worldwide with over 1,000 reviews on Amazon👉 Publish a #1 Bestseller in 30 Days!
Keyword Tool for Authors
The Rocket is the one must-have tool for every author - and here is why: Research profitable topics. Find winning keywords in just minutes. See what the competition is like with just one click - and, so importantly - get ready-made keyword lists for your ad campaigns in just a few minutes (that alone would normally take hours)! - Really, this one's a must!
KD Spy is another cool little tool - a Chrome extension that you can use while browsing on Amazon. Offers 2 major benefits for your research: 1) see sales rank for a whole list of books or authors at one glance while browsing on Amazon. 2) Find winning categories for #1 ranking. Sales rank (ABSR) shows how well a book (or category) is selling, so you don't waste time on unpopular topics.
Book Cover Contest
Many SassyZenGirl students have gotten amazing, professional looking covers through a 99 Design Contest! Even the INFLUENCER FAST TRACK cover came through one - and the whole contest experience was really fun! Cover & title are the 2 main reasons customers will buy your book and 99 Design covers have proven to convert well again and again! (plus, if you don't like any, you get your money back!)
The Blueprint for a 100K Bestseller!
Want to learn how to turn a few non fiction Kindle books into a 6 Figure Passive Income Bonanza? - Then this Masterclass is a must! You will also learn why 99% of indie authors fail and how you can be in the exclusive 1% club. And you'll learn SassyZenGirl's 4-week formula to your first #1 Bestseller - even if you are not a writer, have no following and no marketing experience yet! You ready...?😎
I LOVE using Scrivener - and not just for writing books. I even use it to lay out course curriculum or plan social media and Youtube content. You can create chapters and sub-chapters, move them around as needed and use the cork board feature to brainstorm your book. Try all that with Word...:) - Easily converts your finished masterpiece into epub, mobi or any other format. I've never used anything else - and don't plan to!
Audiobooks Made Easy - Course
Audiobooks are an important part of many author's portfolio and Derek Doepker's course will get you started in no time! Lays out all the steps, how to soundproof your home to meet Amazon's high audio standards and step-by-step instructions and best settings for the free audio editing software audacity. Derek will even give you feedback on samples to make sure everything is ready to go!
Damonza - Premier Book Covers
Damonza is another great option for book covers though a bit pricier than 99 Designs. A boutique agency, Damonza has worked with many well known authors and you will probably recognize some of the sample covers on their site... Get 5% off with coupon code DREAMCLIENTS
FREE 3D Mock Up Creator
Nope - you don't need to pay for cool looking 3D mockups! This free tool has got you covered. Just select the style, upload your cover and... voilà, you are ready to download some awesome in jpg or png. You could even offer this as an easy Fiverr gig and make some extra bucks. You are welcome...:)
FREE Category Finder
Sooo....if you want to know what categories other authors are using, this free tool can show you in seconds. Certainly saves time and you may find the occasional goldmine that you never thought of. And...you can look up your own categories. I forget mine all the time and writing them down is just *so* tedious....
Ok... I love to have FUN - and doing a cute little quiz about how many countries (or cat breeds😻) you recognize - is just totally awesome! You've seen them on Facebook and you've probably also noticed how viral they can become, right...? And... you usually have to give your email to get the results => sooo...massive list builder!!! - Thrive has one of the best quiz builders around and you can test it out below.
Online summits have become the latest rage and for good reason! - 1) When you hold a summit - even as a complete newbie - you have suddenly moved into the "influencer" realm. 2) It's a great way to connect with bigger names in your niche - 3) An amazing way to quickly and massively build your email list as all the speakers will invite their large mailing lists to your summit.... => your email list!
The 3rd power house among fast track list builders are viral contests. This is how AppSumo grew a massive mailing list of 1 Million subscribers! - How do they go viral? - Well... the key is to not just have awesome, irresistible prizes, but to entice peeps with additional entries when they share the contest on their social media, follow you, subscribe to your mailing list, etc. - Don't worry, Kingsumo makes this super easy & FUN...🤗
Reedsy FREE Print Formating Tool
Ok - I haven't used this one myself *yet*... but everyone is raving about it, so I'll defintiely try it with my next book...:) - Easily convert your masterpiece into a professional looking print version in just a few clicks. Change fonts and title styles and start dazzling your fans! - And, yep, it's free, so GO for it!
FREE Book Description Generator
SO cool and helpful - thank you, Dave Chesson!! No more html-ing and pulling your hair. Simply enter your description in the text box, format like you would in WordPress, click 1 button to generate html - and....paste the result right into your KDP backend. EA-SY!!
FREE Sales Rank Calculator
Very helpful to get a sense of what that ABSR (sales rank) number actually means. Now... results with this tool are a bit on the high end. Noone knows the exact number, so it's guestimating. Plus, ABSR is a relative number (to all other books in the store) - NOT and absolute figure, but it's still very helpful.
Marketing & Branding Crash Course
This is the book I wish I had when I first started. That's why I wrote it now...:) - This pink beauty will de-mystefy once and for all, how to "market" yourself - aka branding basics - and the 15 most effective methods (currently) to gain traffic fast & convert that traffic into sales (aka "bling", the fun stuff😎). Marketing is actually really FUN and you will believe it, too, once you've read it...:)
Influencer Fast Track
So... this one's not for Instagram or any other social media platform, but instead covers the 7 cool steps to become a respected - and well-paid - thought leader and authority in your niche! - in 6-12 months no less! - Learn about the "Goosebump Factor", "Instant Influencer" - and also....how to not lose yourself in this fast-paced environment as happens so easily with many "influencers". Another fun 2-hour read in the SassyZenGirl series🤗
Publish a #1 Bestseller in 30 Days!
The top selling self-publishing guide worldwide with thousands of #1 Bestsellers published by first-time authors! This one lays out the basics in an easy-to-understand, fun read. Bestseller publishing is the fastest way to generate traffic as a complete newbie - and also build your first passive income stream in as little as 4 weeks. My first book did just that and allowed me to travel the world as a Digital Nomad. Now it's your turn😎:
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