Online Education – Free & Paid

I research a lot of topics, and I’ve come across a lot of resources.  Many of these institutions offer free online courses – why not take advantage of that?  Getting a Diploma, Certification, or striving forward to gain that PHD?  Here’s your starting point, the beginning of a brand new future, a fresh start.  Have you taken courses at any of these institutes?  Let me know what your experience was like.

Alison

CourseRA

UDACity

MITOpenCourse

Open Culture

NoExcuseList

Open Yale

KHAN Academy

Zooniverse

Tufts Open

HowStuffWorks

Video Lectures

Ted Talks

Shodor Sciences

Udemy

Math & Science.com

EdX Open

Liberty Open

DrawSpace

CodeCademy

Scitable Nature Ed

MyOwnBusiness

KutzTown University

Open University

Free Computer Books

Academic Earth

BBC Languages

Justin Guitar

DuoLingo

LayersMagazine – Tutorials

Creative Overflow – Imaging

Open2Study

Open Education Database

eCommerce SEO VideoSeries

Learn Adobe Suite

BlueLightningTV – Photoshop Tutorials

Learn Screenwriting with Lynda

Open Culture

Authors Resources ~ Must Haves

Authors need Resources – that’s a fact.  Finding the right resource can be a total nightmare.  Some of us, as newbie authors, have no idea just how vast and complex the book market and world really is.  Here’s a list of just some of the incredible number of research and resources every author needs to know about.  If you know of a great resource that’s not on my list, please tell me about it.  Every author can be successful if they know the rules of the game, and where to locate those rules.

Government of Canada – Canadian Heritage

Retail Council of Canada

BookNet Canada

CataList Canada

Book Depository

WorldCat

eBound Canada

Canadian Electronic Library

National Library of Canada

Gutenberg Canada – Public Domain

Gutenberg Australia – Public Domain

Gutenberg USA – Public Domain

Many Books – Public Domain

LibriVox – Audio Books – Public Domain

Internet Archives

Wikipedia – Online Research Encyclopedia

JSTOR – Digital Library 

TopShelf Magazine

Askew & Holts – Library Stock

Wikimedia Commons

DuoLit – Best Newbie Author Info

Canadian Writers Union – Contracts

Canadian Writers Union – How-to Guides

Quill & Quire – Hottest Canadian Writers Online Magazine

Glossary of Publishing Terminology

CANSCAIP – Canadian YA Literature Association

Canadian Council for the Arts – Grants

Canadian Encyclopedia – Writers Search

Wikipedia – Public Domain Images Resources

Harvard Law School Library

Creative Commons

British Library

Digital Vatican

Test Your Books ~ eReaders & Apps

Shopping for the lastest eReader, or eReading App?  Perhaps you need an update for your eReader?  There are many options out there, and this list will help you find the right one for you and your budget.  With so many eBooks out there, and many websites offering free ebooks, this is the starting point.  The more we read, the more we learn – authors must read every day, to expand our writing style and word skill.  If you know of an App that’s not listed here, please let me know so I can add it to the list.

Kindle

Nook

Kobo

iBooks

Blio

Adobe

Icecream

Bookviser

FBReader

Audible

Get Writing with Essential Software

Finding the right Software for the right job isn’t always easy.  If you can’t afford the Editor, Graphic Artist, are willing to generate those MOBI & EPUB Files yourself, wish to learn Screen/Script Writing, create FlipBooks or need help with your Writing Style, here’s the list.  I’m always in need of Software, and my searches are investigated prior to my purchases – get a trial version, always, before buying.  If you have found a great software package, and wish to add to this list, please contact me.

Final Draft 10 – Script/Screen Writing

Celtx – Script/Screen Writing

StyleWriter – Text Editing like a ‘hired Editor’

Microsoft Office – Purchase Word or ALL

Microsoft Office Manuals – Free Downloads

Grammarly – Cleanup Your Text

CoffeeCup Software – FTP & More!

Open Office – FREE Office Suite & MS Compatible

Adobe Photoshop – Create your own Book Covers

Calibre – Create ePub, PDF & Mobi Files

Google Tools – Analytics, Docs & More

Flash Book Maker – Create Flip Books

FlipBuilder – Create Page Flip Books

WINZIP – Zip your files for your Publisher

Opera – Web Browser

Opera – eMail Client & Handler

Make Authoring Business Easier

There are some super tools to help you with many tasks.  From finding the right Fonts and Graphics for your book covers to free Music for your book trailers, widgets, business cards or even making it easier to save your multiple account logins, this list will grow as I come across even more wonderful tools.  Simplifying those tasks that take up your time, or automating them, you’ll find you have much more time to write.  Isn’t that the most important thing on an author’s mind?

LastPass – Accounts Login Saver

Hongkiat – Free & Paid Graphics

1001 Free Fonts – Search & Download

Cover Vault & “How to use Photoshop Templates

DaFont – FREE Fonts

FontSpace – Search & Download

ACX – Audio Book Creation

Giphy – GIF Maker

Vista Print

Globe Revolving Maps

MailChimp – Free Version

Amazon Associates Tools

Flash Vortex – Banners

WordPress Add-ons & Plugins

DropBox – File Storage & Sharing

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