These 5 best tools for writers will help you to write, format, publish and market your book. Tool #1:
- Google Docs http://docs.google.com (Writing)
Depending on the word count and the genre of your book, the process of writing can take some first-time writers up to a year to complete. That’s why it’s important to have software that’s reliable, easy to access on numerous devices, and simple enough not to overwhelm you.
Google Docs is that software. It allows you to easily get your ideas out of your head and onto your computer and it offers a lot of the same features (for free) that paid software does.
2. Kindle Create https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Create/b?ie=UTF8&node=18292298011 (Formatting)
Once you’ve finished writing your manuscript then you’re ready to format your book.
Formatting is the process of making your manuscript look like a professional book that is ready to be sold.
Kindle Create is a tool that allows you to format your book for Kindle and the paperback version of your book. With pre-built themes and numerous formatting options, you can format your book with images, a table of contents, front and back cover matter, and more.
Perfect for fiction and non-fiction books, this tool allows you to bring your book idea to life.
3. Amazon KDP https://kdp.amazon.com (Publishing)
Once your book is formatted, you’re ready to publish your book onto Amazon, the largest book retailer and a perfect platform for first-time authors.
Amazon KDP allows you to self-publish eBooks and paperbacks for free and reach millions of readers on Amazon. This is great for new authors who don’t have an existing audience and looking to tap into readers that are receptive to supporting good content no matter the author’s experience.
Publishing on Amazon takes less than 5 minutes and once published your book will be available on Kindle stores worldwide. Not only do you keep control of your rights and set your own list prices, but you can also make changes to your books at any time. This website definitely deserves to be included in the best tools for writers.
4. Good Reads http://goodreads.com (Research)
Now that your book is published on Amazon, you’ll need to connect with the readers of your book. This is an important step that a lot of first-time authors skip simply because they don’t know how to get started. Goodreads mission is to help people find and share books they love.
Use this tool to connect with your audience, to learn the books and authors they enjoy reading and the aspects of your book they enjoyed.
5. Social Media of your choice (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) (Marketing)
After publishing your book, you’ll quickly learn that success as an author is dependent on finding new readers.
Social media is a marketing tool that can be used to continue to grow your existing audience.
Whether you’re starting with just a few supporters or hundreds, choosing the best social media platform to market on is essential to your book’s success.
The best tip I can give you is to choose a platform where your target audience is and where the content will be easy for you to create. For example, Instagram is more picture and meme-driven, whereas YouTube will require video content. What type of content do you most want to make?
This is a comprehensive list of the best tools for writers. Check out my previous video where I share the 10 best websites for authors writing their first book.