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Welcome to Electric Speed, my personal newsletter where I share digital tools and resources for authors. I am not paid to recommend or advertise any services; in rare cases when I do receive compensation, it is clearly disclosed. Have feedback? Send me an email.

Need a note-taking system that incorporates your appointments?

In the last issue of Electric Speed, I mentioned that I've switched from Evernote to Notion. I had a couple people ask if I knew about any tools that incorporate appointments and calls into a note-taking app. Why yes, I do. Take a look at Stay Sorted (credit to David Moldawer on that one). Also, reader Dean Kutzler let me know about Agenda.

Protect yourself against tracking and surveillance

If you're concerned about maintaining your privacy or security online, take a look at Tor. I found it through Tools for Reporters.

Audio and video gear recommendations from someone I trust

I avidly follow Paul Jarvis' work, and in his most recent newsletter, he shared what gear he uses to record audio and video—plus he described his lighting setup. (I've found this last area to be quite challenging if you've never before dealt with it.) Keep in mind these are rather pro level tools, so if you're just starting out, you may want to choose more economical options. See all his picks here.

Just for fun: Newspaper Club

Newspaper Club allows you to print a custom newspaper in very small quantities. With the holidays quickly approaching, I can already imagine creating these as gifts for the publishing people in my life. (Or it would make some really cool book-launch swag!) You can order broadsheet size or tabloid—or a mini if you're willing to order at least 100 copies. Check it out. H/t Iain Broome.

Online class: Create your author website using Wordpress (even if you're not tech savvy)

In this live two-hour class, I'll teach you how to use WordPress to get your own website up and running. You don’t have to know any code, understand technical jargon, or have previous experience with websites or blogs. 

For those unable to attend live, or for those who want to watch again, all registrants will have access to the archived presentation for one year.

  • Day: Thursday, Oct. 31
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT (recording available to all registrants)
  • Price: $99
  • Register here

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