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Here is a short list of some great tools, tech and suite of products you can use to write a book, create a course, or launch a product in 2017.

Most of these are free. A few I’ve included my affiliate link. (Withcoach and Crowdcast – the 2 programs I most highly recommend for authors/teachers who are getting started on a bootstrap budget) And all of them I use at least monthly – and several are becoming cornerstone tech in my own work and process flow. I’m going to make a recording discussing these in a bit more length to attach to this post – but in the meantime, here it is.

Convert Your Content into Courses

  1. WithCoach.Com  (ideal for teachers, trainers, authors and content marketers who want a full suite of marketing services to promote our business.  Landing pages, autoresponders, drip email campaigns – get paid instantly for digital downloads, content & courses, coaching and more.  Check out my example here.
  2. Teachable  (the market leader for small business and solo-preneurs who want to launch an online school.  Check out our “learn mindfulness community” being built on the teachable platform here.  (launching Feb 2017)
  3. Thinkific (like teachable – smaller platform and user base, but very popular with users.  Has some small UI advantages over Teachable in my view……but the landing pages and front facing course/curriculum pages don’t look as good in my view.
  4. Gumroad (great option for digital downloads, email marketing and is most affordable option of the bunch for a premium plan – starting at about $10 a month)

Writing and Organizing

  1. Workflowy  (awesome list taking app – organizational tool – and generally awesome for everything an author/maker/marketer or disorganized schmo like me needs to stay focused on point and on task)
  2. Hemingway app
  3. Ulysses (great writing app – beautiful, easy to use)
  4. Author app (create beautiful documents with beautiful fonts – convert them to great looking PDF’s, or host on the authorapp platform to teach your content in a beautiful elegant way)
  5. Reedsly (awesome free platform for writing & publishing to Amazon – lots of extra features, well worth checking out)
  6. Adioma – Create great looking, intuitive visual guides for your books, your content, your courses, and more.  Pro tip:  I use Adioma to organize and outline my content in a visual and heirarchecal way, so I can stay on point when my overly caffeinated brain starts to drift in tangential directions.  (please note:  I refuse to spell check heircarchechal)

Transcription (Record your book!)

  • Transcribe.wreally.com (great way to turn your RECORDED content into a book or course – steal of a deal – $20 for the year and exponentially increases transcription speed)


Refind for Writers (brand new:  just launched Jan 31st to the public – Refind is a great way to save, collect and curate great content around the web.  Now they are offering a Refind community specifically for writers.  Great way to connect with other authors – and a great way to get your best content in front of more eyeballs…including people with influence.

Reditt A popular “sub” reddit with an active community of authors, writers, tips, light hearted humor, advice and otherwise. Like everything Reddit – enjoy at your own peril 🙂

Cover Design

  1. Canva (for covers)  (Canva is free (even though I pay for pro) and allows you to create a Kindle worthy cover in about 5 minutes flat – no joke.  Beautiful templates for all sorts of content covers (and obviously, much more) – Canva is awesome.
  2. Fiverr  (You can still get a great cover on Fiverr for $5 or $10 – I see them all the time, have gotten a few myself – and if you don’t have the time to design your own in Canva, but are on a bootstrap budget when it comes to investing your book, Fiverr is still well worth checking out.

Video recording and Teaching tools

  1. Crowdcast.io (webinars, courses – Crowdcast is super smooth, super sexy and uber cool way to record presentations, webinars, teach courses, take questions, create landing pages, private access content and more…..highly recommended for teachers/trainers/webinar marketers – blows the “Gotowebinar suite of stuff out of the water)
  2. Opentest (now called LOOM – killer cool screencasting, talking head videos, download your videos instantly, share on youtube, share via link, share via email…….bookmarklet/browser based – totally free and 100% awesome)
  3. Viewedit  (similar to LOOM, beautiful UI, great front facing recording mode – but……as of last check doesn’t allow for video downloads (meaning you can’t upload easily to youtube, etc) which is only drawback when LOOM does same thing – and you can)
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I am an author, artist and entrepreneur. My 2 passions are writing about, and teaching Marketing and Meditation. I like to think I’m a lot like Eckhart Tolle, if only he was taller, and a much better tennis player. (it turns out in person, he’s super short, has a terrible backhand and wears this weird scottish hat thingy that makes it really difficult to concentrate while serving) Plus he refuses to keep score and says ” it’s always NOW” when you ask who is up. Enough about me. We barely know each other. Stop staring. You’re making me nervous.