The following tools are ones that I either use now, used when I was just starting out, or currently recommend for authors even more powerful than I am 😊
Essential Author Platform Building Tools
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I use Mailerlite for all three of my businesses. I’ve tried several others, and find that Mailerlite has the best mix of usability, affordability, and sophistication.
Course and membership platform
I’m using Teachable both for my coaching platform and to host the school that I run with my wife and coauthor. We love it, and so do our clients!
I’m using Draft2Digital both for my business, my wife’s, and more my pen name. D2D distributes your ebooks to Apple, Barnes & Noble, and more.
As a reminder, you always want to go direct to Amazon via Amazon KDP, but D2D gets you to most of the rest!
Also, D2D has many great free services, whether you use them to distribute your books or not.