Books, Blogs, Podcasts & Products I Recommend

If you are pressed for time (and aren’t we all), start with the book marketing resources that have an asterisk. These are marketing-specific resources, not writing resources. I only recommend products I have personally used or tested. Several of these resources are specifically for Christian writers.

Products I Recommend

I use all these products personally and recommend them for all authors. Email me at chris@cksyme if you have any questions. Each product in this section has a live link for more info that is an affiliate link. Some of them require paid subscriptions.

Canva – free graphics application

Calendly – free appointment booking software

K-Lytics (market research reports by genre)

Libsyn – podcast hosting

ScreenFlow – video production for IOS

AWeber (email application)

WordPress (website)

Lead Pages (landing pages & auto responder sequences)

Draft 2 Digital (ebook and print distribution)

Blogs Authors Should Follow For Marketing Advice:

Amazon Author Insights

The Book Designer (Joel Friedlander)

The BookBub Partners Blog

Christian Book Academy (by subscription) with Shelley Hitz

Compel Training for Authors (subscription) with Lysa Terkurst

Create If Writing (Kirsten Oliphant)

The Creative Penn

David Gaughran blog

My Author Concierge (tips for virtual assistants)

Reedsy (esp. this post on Marketing Ideas Every Author Needs to Know)

Written Word Media (book promotions)

The Chris Fox YouTube blog

David Gaughran’s YouTube channel


Podcasts That Offer Marketing Help For Authors

(find them in the ITunes Store, Stitcher (Android) or on your favorite podcast app) All these give great tips and marketing advice for authors:

Create if Writing with Kirsten Oliphant

Communicator Academy (faith-based) 

Kingdom Writers with Shelley Hitz (faith based)

Sell More Books Show


General social media marketing advice blogs (how-to stuff):

HubSpot blog (lots of data and research here)

*Social Media Examiner The best site for how-to’s. You need to follow this site!


Recommended Reads on Book Marketing

*Newlsetter Ninja by Tammi Labrecque

Amazon Decoded by David Gaughran (book is free when you sign up for his newsletter)

*Strangers to Superfans by David Gaughran

*Prosperity for Writers by Honoree Corder

*Discoverability by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

*How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis by Bryan Cohen (copywriting and book descriptions)

*Launch to Market by Chris Fox (plus Six Figure Author, Write to Market, and Relaunch Your Novel)

General Marketing Books To Understand Universal Marketing Strategies (advanced strategies)

Youtility by Jay Baer

The Content Code by Mark W. Schaefer

Known by Mark W. Schaefer

Marketing Rebellion: The most human company wins by Mark W. Schaefer

Stuff To Stay Away From:

The latest news on scams aimed at authors on Writer Beware