For Writers

This is a dedicated page for Indie Authors, offering a collection of tools and insights that I’ve found valuable in my writing endeavors. This is all about supporting your journey from concept to publication, and navigating the self-publishing landscape. Whether you’re penning your debut novel or seeking fresh strategies to enhance your writing, this resource is tailored to assist writers at every level. It’s designed to simplify the process, making the path to publishing clearer and more accessible for indie authors looking to share their stories with the world.

Tools I Use:

  • Scrivener – A word processor to keep everything you need to craft your story in one place.
  • Plottr – A visual outlining tool to help writers plan and organize your books.
  • Google Docs – A free web-based word processor that allows you to create, edit and store documents.
  • Canva – An online graphic design platform which allows users to create a wide-range of visual content.
  • Adobe Stock Images -Royalty-free images, graphics, video footages, vectors and more.
  • Book Brush – An online tool that helps authors create custom graphics for various services, including book covers.
  • Vellum – Create Print and ebooks for every platform: Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books, and more. (*Mac only)
  • Notebook – A writer’s notebook is a place where you can jot down those fleeting thoughts, ideas & observations.
  • Pens – I use erasable gel pens.
  • YouTube – My ‘go-to’ search engine for visual tutorials, reviews, how to, and any info on writing and publishing
  • Kindle Unlimited – I use Kindle app to read books, look for comp. titles, and for book cover inspiration
  • Libby App – I use this app to digitally check out books from my local library (*need a library card)
  • Laptop – I use a MacBook Air *optional

*Some of these programs offer both free and paid versions. Look for any trial offers available.

Domain Name

  • An author needs a domain for their website because it makes them look professional, helps with branding, and gives them full control over their online presence. A custom domain like www.tishbouvier.me is easy for readers to remember and find, which can attract more visitors and potential fans. It also allows for a professional email address, enhancing credibility with publishers and agents. Essentially, owning a domain is a key step in building and maintaining a successful author’s brand and career online.

Website

  • An author needs a website to create a professional space online where they can connect with readers, control their content, and promote their books. It’s a place for authors to sell their work directly, increase their visibility on search engines, and build a community. Having a website makes an author look more credible and helps them share their work and updates all in one spot.

Email Newsletter

  • An email newsletter is important for authors because it’s a direct way to talk to their readers. It lets authors send updates, news, and special content straight to people who want to hear from them. This means authors don’t have to worry about being missed on social media. It helps keep readers interested and can lead to more book sales.

Social Media Presence

  • An author needs social media because it helps them connect with more readers and share updates easily. It’s a good way to show what’s new, like book releases or events, and to talk directly with fans. Social media can also spread the word about their books to people who might not know them yet, helping to grow their audience.

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