Author Toolkit

Helping Writers Publish

Here’s a list of our recommended resources for indie writers and publishers. Please note some links are affiliated which means we may earn a modest commission. Thanks for your support.

Writing/Editing

Scrivener

Scrivener is used by all types of writers including best-selling novelists, screenwriters, non-fiction writers, students, academics, lawyers, journalists, translators, and more. Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it simply provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing.

Try Scrivener

It is, however a fairly complex beast but there is help at hand with this in depth course:

Learn Scrivener Fast Course

ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid is, by many, said to be a great content editing program. It offers multiple solutions for proofreading and improving your writing.

Try ProWriting Aid

Grammarly

A tool that checks for different types of mistakes in your writing via an online website app, browser add-ons and plug ins for various websites and tools including Microsoft Word and Google docs.

Try Grammarly

Plottr

Plottr is downloadable software for outlining and it is mainly targeted towards fiction writers. It allows you to create a comprehensive view of your story (plots, subplots, characters, and chapters) so you have a clear direction when writing.

Buy Plottr

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Formatting

Reedsy

Reedsy is a big ecosystem for authors and has great resources. They also have a very good tool for ebook and print book creation. Here’s our review

Check out Reedsy

Pressbooks

Pressbooks is an online platform that allows you to create multiple books for digital and print. I’ve been a bit of a fan for many years now and still use it for most of my books. If you’re familiar with WordPress, then you’ll recognise the dashboard based on the popular website builder.

View Pressbooks

Vellum for Mac

Most online editing tools provide basic editing and proofreading features. Vellum has all of these features, plus a couple more that make it invaluable and creates beautiful ebooks and interiors for your paperbacks.

Try Vellum

Book Syndication

It is best to go directly where you can, so certainly set up a KDP account as you’ll have more control than going via a third-party service like Draft2digital. However, D2D is great for covering all the others from one place.

KDP Direct

Publish your ebooks and paperbacks directly to Amazon. It’s a fairly straightforward signup process.

Publish on KDP

Draft2Digital

D2D distributes to Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Nook and many other services. They also partner with Findaway Voices to help with your audiobook production.

Try D2D

Kobo Writing Life

Publish ebooks direct to Kobo. The interface is a dream up against KDP and you can opt into the Kobo store promotions

Try Kobo

IngramSpark

IngramSpark offer both eBook and Print formats plugged into Ingram’s extensive global book distribution networks that include Walmart, Target, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones (UK), Foyles (UK) and countless others.

Join IngramSpark

Cover Design

Probably the best way to find a cover designer you want to build a business relationship with is by recommendations from fellow authors.

That said here are some recommendations and resources we’ve used:

99Designs. Pitch out your cover to loads of designers who will submit their designs. Pick the one you like best and just pay them.

Try 99Designs

Books Covered. This is a leading design agency creating high end book cover design.

Author Packages. A wide range of services for authors include book design.

Websites

Is this something you want to have a crack at yourself or leave to the pros? It’s a big ‘time v Money’ question.

WordPress is a popular place with a sea of third party themes to choose from to start but you can also look at Wix, Squarespace and many others.

Email Platforms

You’ll want to be building an email list to communicate with your fans and nurture that relationship. Automated emails can really help as covered in our Indie Publishing Roadmap eCourse.

Here are our recommended platforms.

Aweber

Aweber is the platform of our choice. There are newer, more hip platforms on the block but Aweber is a solid reliable email provider that delivers campaigns and is evolving well.

Try Aweber

ConvertKit

Convertkit is an increasingly popular brand with creators, podcasters, and bloggers with highlights including a visual automation editor and ease of use for setting up user journeys, hosting landing pages. Convertkit also has an extensive range of third-party integrations.

Try ConvertKit

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  • Format your Digital eBook and Paperback
  • Avoid common pitfuls and mistakes
  • Find the best editing and publishing tools
  • Build your author platform
  • Build an evergreen sales engine
  • Produce an audiobook
  • Launch your book
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