I’m often asked what websites, courses, tools and resources I’d recommend for writers.

This is not an exhaustive list of all websites, resources and software that’s out there for writers. It’s a list of tools that I personally use, endorse and recommend.

The list will grow, expand and change over time, so shouldn’t be considered definitive at any point, but will always be accurate.


Representation & trade bodies

The Alliance of Independent Authors: A worldwide organisation solely for indie authors. Hosts twice-yearly fringe events.

The Society of Authors: A UK-based trade union open to indie authors all around the world.


Retailers & distribution

Draft2Digital: Sell your books on a wide range of platforms, all through one dashboard. Free to use.


Book formatting

Vellum: Mac-based software used for creating beautiful book files. Simple, intuitive and very cost-effective if you plan to write a handful of books.


Email marketing

Mailchimp: One of the most popular tools for maintaining a mailing list. Free for your first 2,000 subscribers, with scaled payment options thereafter.


Marketing courses

Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors: The course that changed my advertising mindset and took me from $30 a day to $3,000 a day.

Self Publishing 101: A course for beginners to self-publishing, also created by Mark Dawson.


Marketing tools

KDP Rocket: A piece of software to help you find the best Amazon categories and AMS keywords for your marketing campaigns.



I’m always completely open and transparent. Some links contain an affiliate ID code, meaning the provider pays me a small commission for referring you. This will cost you nothing, and has absolutely no bearing on my recommendation of that particular service. I only recommend resources I personally use or recommend, regardless of affiliate status.