Welcome, fellow indie authors!
Indie authors have to support each other – so this page compiles some of my best advice and favorite tools for authors.
Book Marketing Advice
Other people to follow:
- Chris Syme writes valuable books, has a podcast, and offers online classes
- Jane Friedman has forgotten more about publishing than I’ll never know.
Apps and Tools For Authors
Writing and Planning in The Right Margin
The Right Margin is an online writing environment that helps writers break the work into multiple tasks, build goal-driven schedules, and stay motivated to get the work done. Plus, they have a great Slack community (WriterHangout).
Testing Titles, Covers, Descriptions with PickFu
Not sure about a book title, or trying to decide which cover will be more effective? PickFu makes A/B testing painless and, dare I say, fun? You create the head-to-head matchups, define an audience, and sit back as the results pour in. You get detailed input from people you don’t know – so they’re not trying to say what they think you want to hear. And it happens so quickly, you can run a virtual tournament of book titles to come up with the final contenders.
[Disclaimer – I am PickFu affiliate because I’m a fan and regularly refer the solution anyway. You can go the site directly if the affiliate link distresses you.]
Creating Beautiful Ebooks with Vellum
Want to create a beautiful ebook for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, or any other ebook reader? Vellum lets you do it quickly and easily. You can write directly in the app or import a Word file, fix up the interior, choose the style you like, and export it painlessly into the right formats for countless ebook platforms.
It’s a MacOS application; there’s a reasonable one-time fee, and from then on, you can make as many ebooks as you want. It now also supports physical book layout; I haven’t tried that yet.
Publishing Ebooks Across Multiple Platforms with Pronoun
There is an ebook world beyond Kindle. I started by putting the ebook on iBooks, Nook, Kobo. You can do that, or you can use Pronoun to publish your ebooks everywhere – from one spot. You can even set up book pages and an author page with the site, and it provides useful information about categories and sales.
Amazon Keyword Research with KDPRocket
Using KDPRocket will save you a ton of time sifting through Amazon data – really terrific if you want to use Amazon Marketing Service (AMS) ads to advertise your books.
Social Media Scheduling with Buffer
Social media can become a time sink pretty quickly. Instead of letting social media drive my life, I spent some time each week scheduling posts in advance. Buffer lets me do that easily, while collecting new posts to share as I encounter them.
Other Authors’ Favorites
Check out this round-up post of tools for writing from other writer friends.