72 amazing free resources for indie authors and self-publishers

72 amazing free resources for indie authors and self-publishers

Oh, hey there, fellow writer! Laura here, and I’ve gotta say, there’s no better time to be an indie author or self-publisher. The internet is teeming with resources to make your author journey smoother, and guess what? A lot of them are free. Yep, that’s right. So, grab your favorite mug, fill it with something steamy, and let’s dive into these treasure troves.

  1. Reedsy: They’ve got a marketplace for professionals, but their free resources – from book formatting tools to informative blog posts – are pure gold.
  2. Canva: Need a book cover? A promotional poster? This drag-and-drop design tool has got your back.
  3. Grammarly: Wave goodbye to pesky grammar errors and typos. Perfect for that final manuscript proofread!
  4. Hemingway Editor: This app ensures your prose is as tight and readable as Papa Hemingway’s.
  5. ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors): A nonprofit that offers tons of advice and resources for indies.
  6. NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. Besides the challenge itself, they offer resources and a fantastic community.
  7. The Creative Penn: Joanna Penn offers podcasts, blogs, and guides on writing, publishing, and book marketing.
  8. Book Funnel: While they have paid tiers, their free version can help distribute review copies seamlessly.
  9. KDP University: Amazon’s own hub, filled with workshops and resources for Kindle authors.
  1. Inkitt: A platform to share stories, get feedback, and even have the chance for your book to be published.
  1. Cover Critique Subreddit: A place to get feedback on your book cover from other authors and readers.
  1. Draft2Digital: An e-book distribution platform that also offers guides, free automated layout tools and resources for indie authors.
  1. Bublish: Floating book bubbles? Yep. They offer a unique way to share snippets of your book.
  1. Writer’s Digest: Packed with free articles on writing, editing, querying, and more.
  1. QueryTracker: If considering the traditional route or hybrid publishing, this is a gem for tracking queries to agents.
  1. The Book Designer: Free articles about all things book design and self-publishing.
  1. Kboards Writers’ Café: An active forum for indie authors to discuss writing and self-publishing.
  1. Google Docs Voice Typing: For those who like dictating their novels.
  • Just go to Google Docs > Tools > Voice Typing
  1. Trello: Organize your book projects, plot your novel, or track your tasks.
  1. Evernote: A space to gather your research, jot down ideas, and even draft your book.
  1. Sigil: An open-source eBook editor, perfect for indie authors.
  1. Novlr: Online novel writing software designed by authors, for authors.
  1. Cliche Finder: Ensure your prose is free of overused phrases.
  1. Plottr: Plan your story with this visually appealing plotting software. They’ve got a free trial to get you started.
  1. Vellum: While it’s predominantly a paid tool, the free version lets you format and see how your book will appear. You pay only when you want to export.
  1. Book Report: A wonderful tool to track your sales on Amazon. The free tier is available for authors earning less than $1,000/month.
  1. Self-Publishing Formula Podcast: Valuable advice on marketing, writing, and more.
  1. YWriter: A word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes.
  1. Diigo: Annotate, archive, and organize; perfect for your book research.
  1. Covers Sell Books: Offers a variety of free book mockups. Great for promotional materials!
  1. Pressbooks: A book content management system that allows you to format exportable books.
  1. K-lytics: Offers free reports on eBook market intelligence to help you spot profitable niches.
  1. BookBrush: Lets you create professional quality ads and social media graphics for your books.
  1. AutoCrit: A manuscript editing software with a free version to help identify weaknesses in your writing.
  1. Book Linker: Creates universal Amazon links that redirect readers to their local Amazon marketplace.
  1. Portent Title Maker: A fun tool to create catchy titles for your blog posts or even your book chapters.
  1. Blinkist: While primarily paid, they offer one free book summary daily. It’s a great way to gain knowledge without reading entire books.
  1. Creative Indie: From design tips to publishing advice, this site is a treasure.
  1. LibreOffice: A powerful open-source alternative to Microsoft Word, and it’s totally free.
  1. Asana: A project management tool perfect for planning your book launches or managing a series.
  1. MailerLite: Manage your newsletter and grow your subscriber list with this intuitive tool. Free for up to 1,000 subscribers.
  1. Ulysses: A powerful writing app for Mac and iOS. While it’s primarily paid, they do offer a free trial.
  1. Helping Writers Become Authors: A blog filled with resources on story structure, character arcs, and more.
  1. Calmly Writer: A distraction-free online writing tool.
  1. MyNoise: Custom background noise generator to aid concentration during writing.
  1. 7-Zip: Need to compress large files for sharing? This open-source software has got you covered.
  1. Calibre: A robust e-book library management system.
  1. Instafreebie (now Prolific Works): Give away copies of your book to gain followers and reviews.
  1. Author Marketing Club: Offers tools and resources to promote your books.
  1. Smashwords: Beyond selling your e-books, they offer an entire free guide on self-publishing.
  1. Leanpub: Write and self-publish on this platform. Start for free, and only pay if you make a sale.
  1. The Digital Reader: A blog covering e-books, publishing news, and free tech guides for authors.
  1. ProwritingAid: A grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package. They offer a free version.
  1. Draft: A collaborative writing platform with version control.
  1. Trello: An intuitive project management tool to visually organize your writing projects.
  1. Hemingway Editor: A tool that helps simplify and improve the readability of your writing.
  1. OneLook Reverse Dictionary: Can’t remember a word? Describe it here, and get suggestions.
  1. Duotrope: While they have a paid version, they offer a lot of free resources to help find places to get published.
  1. BookFunnel: Primarily a paid service, but they offer a limited free tier for book delivery and sharing ARCs.
  1. BookBoast: A tool for creating and managing book giveaways, and collecting reader emails.
  1. Covervault: Free PSD mockups for your book, perfect for promotions.
  1. Pacemaker: A simple, free tool for authors to set and track writing goals.
  1. Hiveword: Offers a free novel organizer and a set of tools for writers.
  1. The StoryGraph: It helps you track your reading and choose your next book based on your mood and your favorite topics and themes.
  1. World Anvil: While it offers premium tiers, its free version provides a multitude of tools for writers, especially for those into world-building for fantasy or sci-fi genres.

A wellspring of resources lies at the fingertips of today’s indie authors. It’s truly a golden age for those with a story to tell. Dive deep into these tools, and let your narrative prowess shine! 🌟📚

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