Updated: Dec 20, 2022
Are you trying to stay organized as an author with all the many resources and tools? In this video, I'm going to share three free top tools to help you stay organized.s an author, keep watching These three resources are ones I used personally not only in my book business but also in my agency. They helped me to release two books within three months of each other and make $2,200 in pre-sales. Being a new author can be kind of challenging if you're not sure where to go or what to do. Here’s how I stay organized to increase sales:
G Suite or Google Suite
If you're creative, you have tons of ideas and aren't sure where to store them. To start, keep it simple. My first tip or tool is G suite or Google Suite. If you have a Gmail account, you already have access to this suite of tools. It includes things like Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Essentially, if you're familiar with Microsoft Office, it has the same kind of software, but it's better because it's stored online. Meaning if your computer crashes, you don't have to worry about your manuscript going down the drain because it's stored in the cloud. All the different resources that are within it, save your work about every three seconds.
That gives you peace of mind and they all have apps and so you're working on something on the go using voice recording software, to be able to upload your manuscript, all of those are options that you're going to be able to find inside of G suite. Additionally, Google photos, not necessarily a part of that, but still part of the Google family is a great way to save your screenshots of reviews that people send you to save pictures that inspire you to really just bring your rear along on that book launch process by snapping pics or taking videos of everything that you're doing within your process of writing the book. It could be a quick video to show that you got your author copies in, or maybe you are screenshotting your drafts from the editor or helping to let your audience help you pick the book, and cover. All of those things can easily be stored in Google photos using their app. And my favorite part is that you can sync those items over.
That way, once it's taken on your phone, it'll automatically sync to the cloud, and you don't have to worry about losing your pictures. Now for me, I have over 22,000 pictures on my phone and so, this is a huge help in case something happens with that.
My next tool is Canva. If you have been an entrepreneur or are just familiar with design, then you probably have heard of Canva. Let me tell you, Canva is bae. They’ve grown tremendously over the past five to seven years with tons of new features that really give you a competitive edge as a designer. However, you don't have to have all the expertise as someone who might use Photoshop or Adobe. It's also a place where you can schedule your social media posts. You can easily duplicate templates for your book launch, and it makes you look very professional.
They do have a free account, which has tons of features. However, I would encourage you to consider the premium account, which is just $12 a month, and it is well worth it based upon all the things that they've included within it.
Video editing software is another feature that they've added recently, and it just helps you level up your marketing and your publishing experience as an author.
Project Management Tools: Asana, Monday.com, and Click Up
This next is one that's a little bit more advanced, so you might not be familiar with it unless you're a business owner or a project manager. The third resource is a project management tool. Now, what that means is exactly how it sounds: to manage your projects for you. Your project might be your next book. It might be a workshop. It could be an event that you're hosting or that you're attending, and project management tools help you to stay organized, set deadlines, link important documents, and just stay focused.
If you're an author who is working full time, or if you have a separate business or other things going on, your project management tool is an excellent resource to help you stay organized on your path to building your book business. Now you may be thinking, “Well, I'm just one person. Why do I need this type of resource?”
That's even more reason why you need it! Often as authors and entrepreneurs, we keep a lot of our thoughts in our heads and or on sticky notes strewn across our desks. we don't take the time to map things out the way that they should be. Maybe you're someone who thinks I just need to do these five tasks.
Then you realize those five tasks each have five steps, and then you become overwhelmed because you haven't taken the time to map out those steps. If you're someone that is full of ideas, I highly recommend getting a project management tool. Some examples are Asana, Monday, and Click Up.
There are tons of options out there. you just want to find one that works for you and that is user-friendly as well.
How do you stay organized as an author? Download my free Author Tools to find out how I stay organized and connect with my audience to increase book sales.