A time-consuming thing it can be to find the right images for a project, whether that project is a book cover, poster, banner, or a social media header. This list will expand with time, as I locate more of these websites, so come back often. Please note that some of these websites may ask you to create an account, and it is probably a good thing that you do. Read through their Licensing Terms & Conditions to be sure that you have the right to use, manipulate, and/or transform any image prior to downloading and using them. Do the CYA and stay legal – you’ll save yourself a world of stress if you do. Best of luck to you in your projects.
Adobe Spark – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of Adobe under Creative Commons License.
Pixabay – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of Pixabay.com under Creative Commons License.
Pexels – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of Pexels.com under Creative Commons License.
Yale Art Gallery
Travel Coffee Book
NOAA Photo Library
Death To The Stock Photo
US Agriculture Image Gallery
New York Public Library
Public Domain Archive
FFCU – Free For Commercial Use
National Gallery of Art
Looking for music for your book trailer, or perhaps just wanting to listen to something new? Here are the best websites that I’ve come across so far, for both free and paid music. Every genre under the stars, you’re bound to find that perfect tune. I love music, it inspires me in my writing, and I’m forever searching for that one song that will make my stories and thoughts come alive with emotion. Feel the beat, and go for a listen. If you know of a great music website that I haven’t listed yet, please contact me.
Tune-In Music Radio
Free Music Archive
Amazon Free Music
Free Soundtrack Music
FMA – Free Music Archive
Partners In Rhyme
Zapsplat – Music & Sounds & their Licensing Policy
Free Music – Public Domain
UnRoyaly – Royalty Free Music
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
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
Wikipedia – Online Research Encyclopedia
JSTOR – Digital Library
Askew & Holts – Library Stock
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
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.
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