platform building

Guides, tools, and resources to help you connect with your readers and build a community around your work.


Every writer, communicator, or creative needs great resources to help build their platform and their careers. The following are resources and tools that I have either created myself, or have carefully curated based on my own use and research.

There’s no hype or fluff here — just the very best stuff that I’ve found to be essential to achieving business success for your writing career.

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Learn proven concepts and strategies to grow your author brand and business at a time, place, and pace that works for you.


Let’s work together to build momentum, enthusiasm and a thriving audience around your work.

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Videos and in-depth workshops are among my favourite ways to teach authors important concepts and skills for their writing business.


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There are a lot of tools to help authors today. I’ve tested a bunch of them. See below for the critical few I recommend the most.


My top recommendations and the must-have ingredients to a successful author business.

DISCLOSURE: I’m a proud affiliate for these tools, meaning if you click a link for a tool and make a purchase, I’ll earn a commission at no extra cost to you. My recommendations are based on experience with – and knowledge of – these companies and their products, and I recommend them because they are genuinely helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I may receive. Please don’t spend any money on these products unless you believe they will help you achieve your goals.


Believe, Plan, Act: A Platform + Productivity Planner for Writers

This complete author business workbook + planning system is designed to specifically address the needs of writers working to build their platforms and author businesses – everything from tracking daily word counts and book sales, to strategic marketing, launch planning, and developing your author brand.

This is not a course, but a strategic, actionable, and transformational planning tool to help writers focus on the results they’re after and the reasons they want to achieve them.


Kimberley's Platform + Productivity Planner is packed full of everything a writer needs to lay out a course to success as an author entrepreneur. A “one-stop-shopping” resource that covers everything from designing your strategic plan to developing a strong online presence through blogging, social media channels, growing an email list, and so much more. This is a resource no author should be without. I can’t wait to start using mine.
C. S. Lakin
Author of The Writer's Toolbox Series
A one-of-a-kind resource for writers, Kimberley generously shares her knowledge of the world of writing and promotion. I can't tell you how many times I've referenced her Platform + Productivity Planner for Writers. Its value is worth much more than I paid.
Dan Diedriech
Author of the upcoming, "The Art of Being Different: Thriving as a Circle in a Square Word"


Knowing where to start is the toughest part. This resource guide for writers includes resources and tools that have been carefully curated based on my own use and research.

Some of the resources are free and will be noted as such. Affiliate links will be marked with an asterisk.

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