11 Tools to Take Your Writing to the Next Level by Steph Beth Nickel

I’ve been exploring several resources to take my writing to the next level. You may want to check out some of them as well. (Please note: At the present time, I am not an affiliate of any of these people or products.)


Because I’m planning to self-publish a number of ebooks, I was thrilled to come across Sarah Ettritch’s Self-Publishing for Canadians. It’s a thin volume that includes a link to up-to-date information. I love her step-by-step program. It makes the process understandable and doable.

I’m also reading Amy Schmittauer’s Vlog Like a Boss and Joanna Penn’s The Successful Author Mindset.


I signed up for Joanna Penn’s “How to Write a Novel: From idea to Finished Manuscript” course. Although there will always be more to learn, “this course cuts through the noise and gives you what you NEED to know in order to get that first book written!”

I also signed up for Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing 101. Although the course is currently closed, it will re-open this summer. It’s chockfull of great information and a lot of bonus material.

Just today I signed up for a trial version of Kristen Oliphant’s Create If Writing paid community. It’s a real steal at $17 USD per month. Kristen is a Christian who has gained a lot of knowledge over her years as a blogger.

I’m also a member of the COMPEL training. COMPEL is the training arm of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Membership is a little expensive, but there is a wealth of information on the site I have not yet explored and more is being added weekly. In addition, you can join one of their Facebook groups for encouragement and/or critiquing.


I faithfully listen to several writing-related podcasts/vlogs , including the following:

Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing Formula

Kristen Oliphant’s Create If Writing

Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn

And …

Tim Schmoyer’s Video Creators

What resources have you found especially helpful?

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