Indie Authors: Writing and Publishing Tools

It seems that every day I come across a new site or tool that can help with writing, editing, promoting, or pretty much any stage in the publishing process. (The Book Designer has a great article explaining why authors should embrace new technologies.) Here are links to a few of the best ones:

Writing

  • Citation Styles: A repository for help with citations and bibliographies
  • Historical Thesaurus of English: “800,000 words from Old English to the present day arranged into detailed hierarchies within broad conceptual categories” (Learn more here)
  • MultiMarkdown: A guide to using MultiMarkdown to write any kind of document and turn it into well formatted HTML (great for blog posts)
  • Penflip: To help you write with others
  • Scrivener labels: A guide on how to use Scrivener efficiently when writing drafts
  • Twine: Open source tool for interactive, non-linear stories
  • Wattpad and Creative Commons: Wattpad has now integrated tons of creative commons stories, which users can remix and use for inspiration
  • Writer’s Digest University: Online courses to help you improve your writing

Editing

  • Poetica: An in the cloud, intuitive interface for collaborating and editing
  • WPS Writer: An alternative to Word, with a few more features

Marketing

Videos

  • Adobe Voice: Turn a story into an animated video
  • SnagIt: Screen captureĀ images and videos

General

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