Resources & Tools

Resources & Tools for Graphic Design, Web, Publishing, Social Media and Video

Books on Producing Business Videos

Buying Video Gear

Social Media Web Sites that Are Great to Follow

www.SocialMediaExaminer.com, great site to learn and info

Resources to Help You Build Your Books

Publishing Information

Fixed Format Kindle Comic or Children’s Books

Photo Sharing Sites

Online Photo Editing

  • Picnik Photo Editing
  • FotoFlexer, has a limited layer ability
  • Gimp (free PhotoShop type of program)
    http://www.gimp.org/macintosh/
    http://www.gimp.org/windows/
  • A great place to look for graphic support is the site Canva. Canva has done the hard work for you. They have a lot of very well designed graphic templates for pretty much all social media platforms, also Kindle book covers and lots more. Free and pay, bring your own images or use theirs. Pick a design, customize and download. Couldn’t be simpler. https://www.canva.com/

Stock Photo Sites

  • iStockphoto.com, original source of user-generated, royalty free images
  • Shutterstock, Over 100 million images, several subscription options
  • Crestock, usage fees start at $1
  • Can Stock Photo.com over 15 million images, royalty free photos, illustrations and stock footage. Images start at $1.00
  • Fotosearch Stock Photography, more than 20 million photos, illustrations, and videos, from over 120 stock image vendors from around the world, prices start at $3.00.
  • Photocase, Germany stock house, lots of unique royalty free photos.
  • Dreamstime, this is my current favorite stock site, nice images, very affordable
  • Pond5.com, a lot of people use this site for stock video, sound effects, after effects and music. they also have lots of regular images also.
  • The Illustrated Romance, stock romance images for book covers, men and woman. Excellent source for these hard to get images by Jenn LeBlanc. Also check out her romance books, she adds images to her stories to enhance the book, excellent idea, jennleblanc.com.
  • VideoBlocks.com, stock video site, unlimited downloads for a fixed monthly fee.

Affordable Stock Photo Sites

Free Photo Sharing Sites
With any free photo site be sure to check the rights carefully. Read the fine print and check that you can actually do what you want with the image.

Stock Video Sites

Book and Product Shots

  • Cover Action Pro, 150 templates for books, boxes, packaging, great for product shots

Print on Demand Publishing

Turn your e-Book into a Physical Book with Print on Demand Publishing

  • Lulu.com, lots of options for sizes, and binding, relationship with Amazon
  • Blurb.com, great for photo books
  • Scribd, a PDF publishing site, kind of like YouTube for pdf files
  • Createspace.com/Amazon. Free to use and allows you sell your books on Amazon
  • Amazon’s Print on Demand site for books, DVD, CDs, Video download, I have 4 books on this service, it works great
  • Books-A-Million D.I.Y with BAM! Publishing, write, publish, print and distribute in print or ebook

Print on Demand and eBook Publishing

Audio Books

General Resources

Video Training / Video Marketing

Live Video Broadcasting

    • flipitlive.com One-stop solution for a live WebCast, includes the broadcast window, chat area, production, hosting and interactive page creation and control
    • Skype

 

  • UStream.com

Video Producers

melbournevideoproduction.com Video production services for your business, Australia based.

Story Telling

  • Storybird.com Story telling site, match your words up with their art and make, read and share visual stories. A global community of readers, writers, and artist of all ages.
  • GetStoried.com, Learn to tell and write better stories from one of the best, Michael Margolis. Get Storied works with many companies and organizations to help them refine their message and tell better stories. Excellent free book you can download, Believe Me, Storytelling Manifesto
  • SolidusEditorial.com, Need to write your story, or edit it, check out Solidus Editorial Solutions, they can help your copy spark, radiate, and glow. They provide content marketing solutions to businesses and organizations.

Being Efficient

Posting once, send to multiple blogs, facebook etc, sites

Personal Broadcasting Channel

UStream.TV, personal broadcasting http://www.ustream.tv/
Google+/Google Hangout, broadcast to YouTube

Learn about Social Media

Email Marketing Management sites

PR Resource, Great PR tips

Follow Joan Stewart, great PR tips, every Tuesday http://www.publicityhound.com/

Print on Demand Products

Make a product around your subject

Video Distribution Sites

Making video about your subject

Screen Capture

Web Based Video Capture

Screenshots

  • Snagit
  • Grab, Mac program, sitting in the Utility folder in the Applications folder, great, great program, use it everyday