In my daily work as a designer and writer, I am asked what tools I use and recommend. This is a list of the tools I use on a daily or regular basis. Some of the links are affiliate links which means that I get a small commission if you use them, but I only recommend tools that I know and trust.
I use Adobe Creative Cloud. It is the professional design tool that is used across the design industry. The main apps I use are Indesign for design and layout, Photoshop for photo editing and Illustrator for some graphic work. I also recommend an Apple mac.
I am a big fan of Creative Market for resources such as fonts and photos, but there is so much more that you can buy. You also are supporting other creatives when you buy there because it is a shop front for individual creatives. I also love that every week they give away six free resources.
Writing can be a solitary occupation and although many of us like to write alone, we need community. A community to ask questions about the writing life and career. I am a member of Hope*writers. Hope*writers offers training on how to write and share your work without feeling yucky and how to have a sustainable writing life.
I use Convertkit for email. I love the way you can have different forms for sign-ups and organise your email lists.
Publishing and printing tools
My favourite online printer is printed.com
Createspace is my go-to tool for publishing print on demand books and ebooks. It is an Amazon-owned company so it makes it easy to upload your books for sale on Amazon and then it handles the print and distribution for you.
I use blurb for printing photobooks. My first self-published books were published with them.