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It’s that time of year again…shopping for the holidays. If you’re stuck on what to get the romance writer in your life or you’re a romance writer who needs to let others know what they want for the holidays, here’s a list of useful, fun, and cool things.
The first set are courses and tools for authors. The second set are fun and functional gifts for authors.
Save at Write with Harte!
Right now, until December 1, 2023, you can save 20% on everything in my shop. Use discount code: blackfriday2023
Check out the store for more merch!
Courses & Tools
Author Super Bundle
I’m definitely picking up this offer. The Author Super Bundle is packed with awesome tools and resources at one extremely discounted price. Here’s a bit of what you’ll find:
Lifetime Access Software:
- Book Promotion with The ReaderBliss Author Network
- ProCast Tools
- CharacterCreator (Character descriptions and images instantly generated powered by AI)
- Self-Publishing Business Toolkit
- The 4 Foundational Pillars of Novel Structure
- Author Blogging Masterclass
- The Nonfiction Writers’ University
- Create and Sell a Profitable Online Product
- How to Write a Short Book Fast
- Easier Book Marketing
- Book Launches Simplified
- Bestselling Blurbs
- Sizzling Headlines
- 60 days to Writing a Commercially Successful Novel
Services Coaching Brainstorming Calls
- Coaching Call with USA Today Bestselling Romance Author Donna Barker
- Book Marketing Brainstorming Session with Susan Friedman
- Circulate your book ad on the Readerbliss.com network of AuthorBlogs
- 5 Media-kit Templates
- Video Trailer templates
- 200+ PSD Book Cover Templates
- 1000 Author Social Media Graphics
Guides & eBooks
- Writer’s Process & the Writer’s Process Workbook
- Build Book Buzz with Book Reviews
- Pre-Order Bonuses that Actually Convert
- The Definitive Author’s Toolkit
This super bundle is valued at over $10,000! But you can grab it all for only $149! But do it soon as it expires in 4 days (ends November 27)! Get the Author Super Bundle here.
TikTok for Authors
TikTok For Authors is a step-by-step course on understanding TikTok, as well as how to create content and utilize the TikTok algorithm for success. For every purchase made during the event, customers will receive exclusive access to a special workshop for authors titled “Millionaire Confidence.”
Money Magic Membership
Money Magic Membership (mindset for authors): This resource helps authors who are doing all the things, but can’t seem to find success, with the idea that your mindset might be getting in the way. Authors Renee Rose and Lee Savino created the course, and run the FB group and podcast associated with it.
Renee has a related book, Right
Write to Riches
Wobb Influencer Marketing
Wobb is a tool to help you find influencers to work with in promoting your business. I’m intrigued by this tool, as influencers seem to be the best source of selling books. Not only can you find influencers, but you can also message them through the tool (but be careful not to come off as a spammer), and set up a promotion that influencers can join.
QuizCube helps you set up quizes. At first glance, you might not think this is could help an author. But I’ve been thinking this could be a fun way to help readers find the right books in your backlist. Or to have fun with your readers…e.g. a quiz about something in your books.
Lifetime deal includes 30 quizzes a month with 10 AI generated quizzes.
Pingenerator helps you generate and post pins using AI. I’ll admit, I don’t pin anymore, but that’s because even with Canva, creating and posting pins takes time I can’t seem to find. Pingenerator can help with that. Give it a website (e.g. your author website, a blog that reviewed your book, etc) and Pingenerator will grab the graphics and automatically create a pin. You can use from templates, change colors etc.
You might be wondering, do readers hang out on Pinterest? I don’t know, but I do know that pins are about the same size as TikTok (which now accepts graphics), Reels, Stories, and Shorts!
In this special lifetime deal right now from AppSumo, you get 600 pin credits (1 for posting and 1 for download).
ProWritingAid will not only help you find grammar and spelling errors, but also it can help you improve the quality of your writing. It finds passive voice, highlights when you start too many sentences in a row with the same word, offers suggestions for better word choices, and more.
If you want to get an agent and traditional publisher, using this software will help your manuscript stand out by sending the tightest, cleanest submission possible, short of hiring an editor. If you’re an indie author, this software can clean up the manuscript, which makes it easier for the editor you hire (and could save you money on editing).
Right now, you can get 50% off on yearly and lifetime plans.
Learn more about ProWritingAid
My book designer uses Deposit Photos for covers and while the graphic comes from her account, because I have an account as well, I can have the same graphic to use for marketing. Not only do I use Deposit Photos for my covers, but also for social media, blog posts, and more. I signed up for the regular monthly subscription because this special deal wasn’t available when I needed graphics. Lucky you, Appsumo is running the special offer where you can get 100 stock photo and vector images of any size, that are royalty-free and come with a standard license (you can use them for book covers, social media, etc).
Learn more about Deposit Photos
Social Bee doesn’t seem to be as well-known as other social media tools such as Hootsuite, but I love this tool and recommend it whenever I can. Social Bee does more than just allow you to schedule social media posts. With the Canva integration, you can create your sharable graphic from within Social Bee. Plus it works with all the major platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest), including the ability to schedule Reels and TikToks!
My favorite feature is the reschedule option that will automatically repost a post. This is ideal for your evergreen content, such as sharing your newsletter sign up. You can organize post types by categories (e.g. promotion, blog post, etc) and set up a posting schedule, which again, used in conjunction with the reposting feature, means content is sent out regularly even if you forget or don’t have time to create a new post.
I bought my access through a deal at Appsumo, and unfortunately, that deal is gone. BUT…right now you can get 70% off for 3 months.
Learn more about Social Bee
I tend to go on buying sprees when I visit Appsumo and Ocoya is a purchase I made on a whim during a visit last year. Ocoya is similar to Social Bee in that it helps with Social Media. It has its own graphic/template library (like Canva) as well as integrates with Canva. Plus you can schedule social media post within the system.
The real benefit to Ocoya is the help it gives you in deciding what to post. It has AI support in creating copy for social media posts and more. It has hashtag help, plus a quote generator if you’re really stuck and want a simple, quick way to post something.
Right now, you can get an affordable lifetime deal.
I like Kingsumo for running contests designed to build my email list. There is a free option, but this deal through Appsumo gets you a few extra things that can make your giveaways better for you and your entrants. You can set up the giveaway in a few minutes and share with your followers. Entrants can earn more entries by sharing the contest through social media. You can allow them to earn more entries by following you or subscribing to your email as well.
Learn more about Kingsumo.
Black Friday at AppSumo
You may notice that many of the tools listed above are special lifetime offers through Appsumo. Right now there are a ton of deals for black Friday in various areas from content, social media, SEO, productivity and more.
Helpful, Fun, Cool Gifts
Crate Joy offers giftboxes for everyone in the family. Of course, it has book boxes, but also toys, teas, cocktails, snacks, self-care, arts and crafts and much, much more. Enjoy 25% off your total purchase this weekend only and find a gift for everyone on your list. Use coupon BF2023 to take 25% off any purchase at Cratejoy!
Caskers Writer’s Tears
Writers’ Tears is a truly unique vatting of Single Malt and Single Pot Still whiskeys. This expression is non-peated and triple distilled from 60% Pot Still and 40% Malt. After being distilled the Irish whiskey is matured and aged in American Oak bourbon casks.
Amazon has some great Black Friday items at 25% off!
Writer Wall Art a Writer is a World Trapped in a Person Canvas Painting (12X15)
Writing is easier when your environment is inspiring and comfortable. All art, especially with writing quotes, can do the trick.
Now if only we could get that world out of our heads and onto the page!
Check out the Write Wall Art here.
Creative Block – 100+ Brainstorming Ideas & Strategy Cards, Problem Solving Solutions to Overcome Your Mental Block
Feeling stuck? Creative Block can help you bust through your block by giving you different ideas to work through problems. Simply, pick a card, follow the directions, and breakthrough!
Check out the Creative Block 100+ Brainstorming Ideas & Strategy Cards
Purpose Planner (Undated)
You know I couldn’t have a gift lift list that didn’t include some sort of planner! I’ve tried many planners and while I’ve been looking at McGuyvering my existing Happy Planner and inserts, this one has caught my eye. It has monthly and week-at-glance views. I like the week-at-glance set up with AM focus, times, PM focus, and areas for notes, trackers, and more. It has a project area to the right of the weekly calendar. Since a left side-bar isn’t working for me, maybe this would. It comes in a variety of colors.
Check out the Purpose Planner
TIANSE Book Stand for Reading
This is a reading stand, but I intend to grab one to hold my planner. Right now it lays in front of my monitor, which isn’t ideal with bills and other papers also get stacked there.
Check out the TIANSE Book Stand for Reading
Claiks Triple Motor L-Shaped Standing Desk
They say sitting is the new smoking. As authors, we sit a great deal. A standing desk can help offset the negative effects of a sedentary job.
I’m very interested in this desk. I’ve been wanting a new desk, and this looks like it could fit the bill.
Check out the Claiks Tripple Motor L-Shaped Standing Desk
Flexispot Standing Desk
This sits on top of your desk and can be raised up and down depending on if you’re standing or sitting. It’s less expensive that buying a full desk that raises and lowers. I have a similar one in my office.
Check out the Flexispot Standing Desk
Benazcap Large Memory Seat Cushion for Office Chair
This isn’t very glamours, but for those times you’re not standing, having a little extra cushion can make writing more comfortable.
Check out the Benazcap Large Memory Seat Cushion for Office Chair
SUPERDANNY LED Desk Lamp for Office Home
Lighting is sometimes an issue for me in my home office. This one is eye-caring and energy saving designed to reduce screen glare and relieve eye fatigue.
Check out the Superdanny LED Desk Lamp
Want More Savings?
By the way, if you’re into savings, make sure you sign up for Swagbucks and/or Rakuten. So many online retailers earn you points through these programs that you can use for cash back or giftcards. I let my points ride until this time of year, when I use them to buy gifts or get giftcards for gifts.s for gifts.