Wondering the best apps for writing a book? In this video, I’ll be sharing the top writing apps to build your author brand. You’ll learn how to discover your target audience and write books that sell!
First up is WordPress. WordPress comes as both a free and paid version and allows you to build an author website and blog from your desktop or your phone. WordPress is perfect for writers who need a web presence and looking to build their author brand. They offer a variety of website and blog themes to attract readers from around the world.
I use WordPress for both of my websites and my web traffic increased over the years.
I recommend using WordPress to grow your target audience and improve your writing. Use the website portion of your site to introduce yourself to readers. Include a short bio, contact information, and details on your upcoming book. Use the blog to write on topics related to your book. Be consistent and share your blog posts on social media. When it’s time to publish your book, you’ll have an audience that’s engaged and eager to buy your book.
App #2 is Medium. Medium is another great resource for gaining exposure to your writing and allows you to grow an audience outside of your website. You can use Medium separately or in combination with your website and blog to gain exposure. While I’m just starting to experiment with creating content for Medium, I’ve seen how this platform has allowed other writers an opportunity to gain visibility from audiences that they may not have gotten exposure from otherwise.
I recommend using Medium to strengthen your writing by posting often, supporting other writers, and growing an audience that sees you as an expert on the subject matter you write on.
App #3 is Goodreads. Goodreads is a great tool for connecting with readers, doing research on your genre, and beginning the research for your marketing plan. Both an app and a desktop version, Goodreads is for the reader in you. Not only can you use the platform to discover new books and authors, but you can also learn more about the genre you write in.
I recommend using Goodreads to research the trends within your genre and to connect with readers and other authors.
App #4 is Headline Studio. Headline Studio allows you to write better headlines that will boost your traffic. This will be useful for your blog posts and Medium articles as coming up with a title can sometimes be just as challenging as writing the article itself. Without an enticing headline, you run the risk of your writing going unseen. And who wants that? After all, we’re talking about writing a really successful book.
After signing up for Headline Studio, put in your title idea.
I recommend using Headline Studio to improve your headline (whether it’s a blog post, medium article, email subject line, or even a book title). Aim for a score that registers green. The higher the number the better!
App #5 is KDSpy. KDSPy is a paid app and is appropriately described as a power tool for authors. It’s hands down one of the best apps for doing keyword and niche research for your book. In an earlier video, I share how to do this keyword research manually, and while I still think it’s important to understand why and how this research needs to be done, KDSpy provides revenue metrics, keywords, competitor research, book tracking, and more at the click of a button.
After installing the KDSpy chrome extension, click on the icon and it will take you to Amazon where you’ll enter a keyword phrase related to your book. Click the icon again and look at the type of data KDSpy provides. You’ll learn the average sales rank of top books, monthly revenue, price, and the average number of reviews of the top books.
I recommend using KDSpy to decide if your book idea is profitable, who your competitors are, what keywords to include in your title, how to price your book, and more.
App #6 is Kindle Create. Once your manuscript is complete and edited, you’ll need to format it so that the finished copy is formatted as a book. That’s where Kindle Create comes in. A free interior formatting tool offered by Amazon allows you to format your book for publishing to their site.
I recommend using one of the 4 themes offered by Kindle Create to professionally format your book.
App #7 is Dropbox. Dropbox’s free plan supplies 2 GB of storage, including photos, documents, and other files from any device.
I recommend using Dropbox as a backup to your computer and smartphone. Scour your phone or computer for files related to your book. You can use it to store your manuscript drafts, book covers, book descriptions, research, photos, marketing plans, social media and more.
If you’d like to learn about more apps for writing a book, check out my earlier video otherwise check out my next video where I share the best software for writing a book.