27 Best black friday deals for authors and writers

27 Best black friday deals for authors and writers

*these limited time deals are ending soon!*

I’ll tell you a secret. Although my publishing resources have helped thousands of authors, I keep them consistently cheap, maybe 10% of what other people are charging, because I want them to stay affordable to new authors – I remember what it’s like pouring your heart and soul into your writing, and taking big risks before you see any profit.

In fact that’s kind of my whole thing: sharing ways authors can self-publish on a budget without looking like an amateur. It’s not perfect, because an expert can probably do things better, but my tools make it possible to publish a book that’s clean, engaging, and professional – and my book marketing hacks have helped many authors hit the bestsellers list or launch their author career.

However, I have a TON of resources, and rarely promote them, which can make them hard to find. So this year, I’ve decided to discount two of my most popular book design and writing bundles, and I’ve also lowered the price for my latest book marketing course.

Check out the details, or skip down below to see ALL the black friday deals for authors. Most of them should be good through cyber monday at least but don’t wait too long or you’ll miss out.

Black Friday/CyberMonday DEALS FOR AUTHORS

Bestseller Blueprint (3 course writing bundle) 

(book writing & editing package)

Reg: 197, today 37

Expert writing advice from a PhD In Literature

Why buy it now? Because it includes the latest writing tips and strategies I’ve used to write 24 novels in the last 5 years, with an absolutely new plotting system that people are still discovering. It’s so good, it even got stolen this year and put into a fancy writing software without permission. If you write nonfiction or memoir, there are two separate bonus courses that are packed with value.

“A MUST WATCH! As a new writer, it helped my first edit tremendously! Was on point with your outline (miracle) until the ACT III, was missing two chapters. It improved my story!! ❤❤ Thanks for your guideline. Best online template!”

“I have been struggling to figure out how to mesh Save the Cat 3 Act structure with the 27 Chapter Method and my god you did it!”

Self-publishing basics & book design mastery

(book design templates) 

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DIY book design and formatting templates

Why buy it now? Because I’m about to finish a cool new online graphic design tool, that’s free (best online cover designer ever…) When it launches, I’ll have 100+ new templates (but I’ll also raise the prices).

Your email changed my life. I have signed up for some of your courses which I’m really looking forward to, but I just wanted to say thank you. The free content you put out all the time is incredibly generous, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without having learned back in 2020 how to make a cover in Microsoft Word with one of your tutorials.

“I’m a longtime follower; you helped me sell tens of thousands of copies of my debut self-published trilogy. So firstly, thank you for being a wealth of knowledge and inspiration.

21 day author platform

Reg: 297, today 37

Launch a powerful author platform in just 3 weeks

Why buy it now: it’s brand new and updated, so it’s my most cutting-edge thoughts on book marketing. This Black Friday deal is for the online course – which has dozens of hours of content – but without personal feedback or review.

Guerrilla Publishing (doors closing!)

If you need a little more handholding and a professional editorial review of your first few chapters, my flagship course Guerrilla Publishing basically includes all of the three things above, along with a massive course on book marketing, and is the only place to get real feedback from me about your book, your audience and targeting, and your book design and marketing materials. Use this link for an instant $200 discount, only until the end of the month.

“I love you! Thank you for all your messages of hope and inspiration, for your consistence and persistence. I appreciate all your efforts. And I know I’m not the only one who appreciates you.”

Don’t ever take me off your email list. You are helping me tremendously with all the info on your website and videos. If it wasn’t for your help, It would have been impossible for me to self-publish my first book. Thanks so much!

“Derek, I’ve followed you for your author helps for forever. I can’t even begin to thank you for all you’ve done for the writing community, especially we Indies. You’re an amazing asset and I recommend you to all new aspiring authors. You are tremendously appreciated. Thank you!”

These deals will give you access to a bunch of resources that I’ll be upgrading with the new resources soon (at a higher price). So if you haven’t bought anything from me before, this is a great time to get started and sneak in at the reduced rate.

New (Free) Author Tools!

I just picked up a pair of cool new tools for authors. I believe these discount codes should work, so you’d only be paying $1 a month. There’s also a free version available.

  1. Universal book linker tool for authors (try code “1dollarlinks“)
  2. 3D book cover creator widget for websites (try code “1dollar3Dbooks“)

Have fun playing with them; basically it allows you to embed an animated 3D book cover for your site, and then also customize a unique universal landing page with custom design. Since they’re new, I’ll probably launch with a black friday lifetime deal offer, but haven’t worked out all the details yet.

UPDATE: I’ve given away over 600 codes for free lifetime access, but you can still lock in a $1/month rate with the coupon codes above. But the basic plan is free, so try them out and save a bunch of money if you want to access all the features.

ProWritingAid 50% off Black Friday lifetime deal

black friday deals prowritingaid

50% Off ProWritingAid Premium: ProWritingAid is a great tool to help revise, edit and improve your manuscript. It’s worth picking up at a discount so you can compare and test on your own. This link should let you get half off the monthly or lifetime fee.

You can also check out prowritingaid’s list of black friday deals…

FYI: I talked a little earlier about AI writing tools, and someone just asked for something to help them expand or revise their writing… Jasper is the best so far and you can pick a specific tone of voice or writing style. You can start with a prompt or very short scene summary and it will flesh it out in surprising ways. Prowritingaid focuses more on style, while Grammarly catches more actual typos in my experience. But Quillbot might be quicker for simple proofreading; you can copy+paste in a section or chapter and choose a style (creative, simple, expand) and click the button and it will rewrite it. Sometimes this is enough to turn mediocre prose into well-written prose (especially for stuff like nonnative English). Makes editing and revision a lot faster.

Best Writing Software Deals

Personally, I still use MS Word to write my books, but I am excited about some new tools that make editing and revising easier. You can definitely get my writing course above to learn everything you need to, but it’s so much work, even if you know what you’re doing. Here are some of my top choices and something NEW…

  • Sudowrite is the best for fiction, with the new story engine
  • Quillbot is the best for straight proofreading, faster than grammarly.
  • Jasper is built for sales and conversion, so it works best for sales copy, emails, blog content etc – this stuff gets really important for making an Amazon blurb or advertising copy.
  • I’ve been playing with a new tool called ghostthewriter.com – for rephrasing a rough draft in a better style.
book writing software

I stumbled on Scribble by accident, but it’s pretty amazing; I’ve kept it hush hush, but since I’ve already heard some authors talking about it, I thought you’d better check it out before it gets more expensive. It does a lot of things, and is basically a Scrivener replacement with some cutting edge tools I haven’t seen anywhere else. Plus, it’s based on my 24 chapter plot outline templates, so I’m obviously biased (but hey, my shit really works).

Check it out here and sign up for a free trial.


Last year I had some fun building an AI writing tool where you could summon the ghosts of famous dead authors to write in their style. It’s mostly a gimmick – and other AI writing tools are improving too quickly to keep up – however the tools will only be as valuable as the prompts, and that means my custom models should work better and give better results.

I’d like to update it and add more features, but I’ll only invest more in developing it, if people are finding it useful. Ideally, it would be a one-click full developmental editor, proofread or line edit – to fix your rough draft fast and make it amazing.

You can try it out here, and use this coupon code for 20% off – but this week only:

coupon code: “GHOST20

You can also earn an extra 30% from every referral, and everyone you sign up can grab that exclusive 20% off as well.

Vellum Deal – save 30%

For book formatting, Vellum is the best and this is a rare deal to get it a lot cheaper. It’s meant for Macs, but I use a ‘mac in cloud’ service to run Vellum on my pc windows desktop, and it’s still the easiest way to get books ready to publish.

Vellum lets you format books, and just added some great featured like full-bleed backgrounds on title pages (this is really tricky to DIY, but the tool makes it easy). You can use mac in cloud to “rent” a virtual mac, even if you’re using a PC… I do that even though it’s a pain in the ass because Vellum just works and saves me time. All packages are now 30% off!

Vellum Press$249.99$174.99
Vellum Ebooks$199.99$139.99

Black Friday Manuscript Makeover – Limited Time Offer!

Book editing + manuscript critique + coaching

I rarely do editing anymore, I prefer cowriting or ghostwriting where I can do more of the heavy lifting for you, but I also know a lot of authors need a manuscript critique or overview: someone to read their whole book and point out all the big-picture stuff they can revise quickly for a massive boost in readability and reader satisfaction. That’s something I’m particularly suited for, so I thought I’d test the waters with a deal I’ve posted here: black friday manuscript critique editorial service.

Full price will be $2997, but I’m letting 10 authors get a full manuscript critique for $997, and you can redeem it anytime in the next three years. It’s a quick way to save $2000 on developmental editing (rather than just using some cheaper, but lower quality editing service).

Or you can just grab my $297 “first chapter critique” service, where I’ll do a very heavy edit and commentary of your first 5000 words, identify all your bad writing habits and suggest ways to improve your writing. Spots are limited, but if you have a book and you need an expert to help you improve it, this is the most effective way to make sure your manuscript starts of strong.

A massive list of Black Friday deals for authors

These are just a few of the best deals and offers, but you should check out Kindlepreneur’s 2023 mega-list of deals, including software discounts, writing and publishing tools, and book marketing courses. It’s a good way to figure out who’s who and who’s offering what. Almost everything comes with a money back guarantee, and now is the cheapest time to purchase all year so save some money and see what you need. There’s a good chance you’ll find a discount link for something you’ve already considered buying.

Shopping on Amazon (kindle deals)

Need a new writing device or keyboard? Grab a kindle fire productivity package… I’ll add to this list as I spot new deals… personally I love the magic keyboard/ipad but am always looking for a new fun bluetooth keyboard.

A few of my favorite things…

  1. sony wireless bluetooth headphones. I wore these out so much I had to replace the cushion padding. If you’re someone easily distracted, noise cancelling headphones are a gamechanger for productivity. 35% off

2. my favorite keyboard. I have a few of these and keep buying them. Reliable, tough, quiet, perfect… recently I’m playing with a fancy Razer gaming keyboard, which has cool light effects and stuff to gamify writing a bit more. But I may switch back.

3. M1 macbook… if you’re looking for a new writing device, or you want to pick up an M1 macbook *just* so you can use Vellum, which is amazing for book formatting, you can save 20% and pick one up now.

4. and it’s never a bad time to pick up a Kindle Paperwhite, which you can use for a giveaway prize. In my new course I talk about using AI art for specialty book-art kindle covers, which is a pretty neat idea too.

5. if you suffer from eye fatigue or migraines…. I’m picking up one of these. Not sure how well it works yet but I’ll try anything to relax and unwind, especially when I desperately need to restore myself and keep working towards a deadline.

And you should definitely pair it with this absolutely massive cushion…

6. if you want to get serious about your writing space and try a standing desk, this one is pretty cool. Mine is a huge slab of wood, and I haven’t figured out how to stand and type/work at the same time, though I’m curious about it since sometimes I can’t sit still or my butt goes to sleep.

4. and it’s never a bad time to pick up a Kindle Paperwhite, which you can use for a giveaway prize. In my new course I talk about using AI art for specialty book-art kindle covers, which is a pretty neat idea too.