The-Conjugation.com–Fantastic site. Has a database of verbs – you type in the verb, it gives all the forms. Also has French and Spanish conjugation if you need it.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary–This is the free edition. You can also subscribe for the most current edition, as well as the unabridged, medical, and foreign language dictionaries. MW is the dictionary recommended by Chicago Manual of Style.
Chicago Manual of Style–The online version of the Chicago Manual of Style. Requires a yearly subscription. The plus side is that it’s searchable and you can access it from any computer; it also has both the 15th and 16th editions available. On the other hand, for the same price you can get the hardbound edition and that’s a one-time cost. Essential style guide for fiction.
Consumer Affairs Comparison of Password Managers–If you’re like me, you have dozens of sites you log onto, and Internet security is a huge deal. Password managers can make your life easier… but which one? Check out a list of the top ten solutions, a free resource from Consumer Affairs.
Dictionary.com–Free Online Dictionary
Thesaurus.com–Free Online Thesaurus
Venetian Cat–Eve Milady does book covers, swag design, illustrations, and graphic design for logos and business cards. Basically anything you need done, she can do it. She’s way talented and a pleasure to work with. Tell her I sent you!
Streetlight Graphics–Cover design, maps, illustrations, formatting, logos, and business cards
KBoards Writers’ Cafe–Great community of Kindle users with an active and helpful author’s lounge. Just an all-around great hang-out.
Canva–Free online graphics-creation tool. You can create posters, marketing graphics, brochures, business cards–you name it.
Inspiration for Writers–Sandy Tritt, an all-around nice person, has helpfully posted a lot of free articles and tips on writing.
Productivity and Business Tools
Here are my go-to programs for behind-the-scenes stuff.
Freshbooks–I can’t say enough good things about this company. They save me time and money on my invoicing, and their customer service is the bomb–if you call during business hours, a live person answers on the second ring, and it’s the person who will help you. No navigating menus, no sitting on hold. Just a pleasant conversation that gets you back on your way. Definitely check them out if you have a business that needs to invoice people. They’ve also got recurring billing, which makes it great for property management, that sort of thing. Okay–climbing down off the soapbox 🙂
Smartsheet–I have fallen in love with Smartsheet. It’s similar to Excel in that it’s a collection of spreadsheets that you can create and organize however you want. BUT–you can share entire sheets with people or just individual rows. You can attach files and conversations to rows, etc., and there’s a calendar view and Gantt chart layout. You can also ask for updates on an item with a couple of clicks. It’s super for any sort of project management, especially if you need to collaborate with multiple people. Give it a try for your next book 🙂
17Hats–I just started using 17Hats. While it’s not ideal for invoicing and accounting (I’ll be sticking Freshbooks), it’s fantastic for project management. Absolutely amazing!
Mailchimp–Great for sending out e-mail announcements. Easy to get up and running and very customizable.
Dropbox–Great file storage as it allows you to seamlessly transfer work to different computers. Different file versions are saved automatically and this saves your files off of your hard drive so you have backups. If you’re not a member yet, you can use my signup link and get 500 free MB of storage.
- Association of Independent Publishing Professionals
- Editorial Freelancers Association Directory
- GalleyCat’s Freelance Editor Directory
- Publishers Marketplace Directory
- Kindleboards Yellow Pages for Author Services
- Preditors & Editors
- Author’s Atlas—A review and rating site of freelance editors, cover artists, web and graphic designers, PR firms, virtual assistants and all the people an author might need to take their writing career to the next level.