Writing and Publishing Tools

Here are links to some of my favourite writing tools, books and resources. In some instances I may receive a micro reward if you click through and go on to purchase from one of these links, but it will not increase the price you pay, and any income received will help me maintain and keep this website up to date.

On this page you will find a collection of tools that may make the process of planning, writing, editing, producing and publishing your book easier.

But first, the absolutely stand out tools I use are:

  • Vellum – I love using Vellum and have used it to quickly and professionally format my books for print and ebook
  • Publisher Rocket: Publisher Rocket is a great tool to help you quickly determine the best keywords to use in your title, sub-title, book metadata and ads.
  • ProWritingAid: Try this software to see what it’s like to have an editor in your pocket. This link will let you try ProWritingAid free. Why? Quickly and easily improve your spelling and grammar; identify and convert passive language to active language (this is key for a good reading experience!); see how often you repeat the same phrase or words throughout your manuscript and so much more.
  • New Zenler: For if/when you are ready to turn your knowledge into courses, coaching and webinars, with the ability to build your brand and reader engagement, take a look at this all in one tool that enables you to set up courses, live webinars, email lists and more. I chose this over Kajabi due to it being much more economical while still having tools including marketing funnels, events calendars and more.
  • ALLi – The Alliance of Independent Authors: This is a fantastic organisation for any self publishing author and any author interested in growing their readership and writing business.

The categories to follow include:

  • Editing and grammar software for writers
  • Dictation, interview and transcription tools, apps and software for writers
  • Tools to help writers with organisation and research
  • Tools to help you format your book for print and ebook
  • Writing tools and apps to help you focus
  • Where to find virtual assistants for writers and publishing tasks
  • Calendar and scheduling management tools so you can either book interviews, or organise and schedule paid consulting calls.
  • Online course creation tools
  • nb: for some (not all) of these programs I may receive a small affiliate commission if you go on to purchase but I only include them here because I love and use them myself!

Help with keywords, titles and Amazon category selection

Publisher Rocket: Research the best keywords, titles, sub-titles to use in your book, as well as Amazon categories. Work out how many books are being sold each month by other authors in your category and more.

Editing and grammar software for writers

  • ProWriting Aid: Fabulous to help you spot passive language, overuse of certain terms, spelling, punctuation and grammar problems. (This is what I use!)
  • Grammarly: Check your work for grammar, plagiarism, spelling and more.
  • Hemmingway Editor App

Dictation, interview and transcription tools for writers

These following are great dictation tools for authors for when you don’t have a pen handy, or prefer to record your first draft as a conversation, rather than write it all down. Some writers’ thoughts flow easily through their fingertips, while for others it’s so much easier to have a chat. Try out some of these to see if they’re for you.

Organisation tools and software for writers

  • Evernote: A great way to organise your research, thoughts and more. You can add text, images, audio, scans, PDFs, and documents to your notes and then locate them quickly on multiple devices.
  • Trello: This nifty tool lets you stay organized using virtual boards, lists and cards.
  • Zotero: Instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and integrates directly with major word processing programs. Collect, organise and cite references and keep your research together.
  • ZoteroBib: Zotero also offers ZoteroBib, a free service that helps you quickly create a bibliography in any citation style.
  • Trove: Straight from the source: Trove is an online resource that allows you to explore collections from Australian libraries, universities, museums, galleries and archives. It’s free and available online all day, every day. Search for digital copies of newspapers, Government Gazettes, maps, magazines and newsletters. Or books, pictures, photographs, archived websites, music and interviews. Even information about famous Australians, including copies of letters, diaries and personal archives.

Software apps for writers to help you focus

Firstly, stop the distractions by turning off your phone and alerts, and set your word processing screen to ‘full screen’ so you’re not tempted by all the other programs and widgets on your computer. If your willpower wanes, turn off your WiFi too.

  • OmmWriter might help you focus
  • Use a program such as Cold Turkey to transform your computer into a typewriter for a set amount of time, or apps that ban you from the internet for specific periods of time.
  • Force yourself to be accountable by setting a time to write with an accountability buddy. Do it in person at the library, or use a virtual coworking tool aimed at increasing productivity such as FocusMate.
  • Set goals and then reward or punish yourself: if you like the carrot and stick approach, programs like Written Kittenreward you with pictures of cute kittens when you reach your word count goal.
  • Make better time-management decisions: free up more time and use what time you have more wisely by using web-based tools like Rescue Time to analyse where you spend your time and how productive you are.

Sites where you can find virtual assistants to help you with writing and publishing tasks

Software specifically for writers to help with the writing of your manuscript

Software to help you quickly format your book into ebook and paperback form

  • Vellum (I love using Vellum and have used it to quickly and professionally format my books for print and ebook)
  • Atticus

Calendar management and appointment scheduling

Online Course Creation Tools

  • New Zenler: An all in one tool that enables you to set up courses, live webinars, email lists and more. I chose this over Kajabi due to it being much more economical while still having tools including marketing funnels, events calendars and more. This is what I use for Bold Authors.
  • Teachable
  • Kartra – If you are looking to really build your author business and need an all-in-one website solution combining a marketing funnel, email campaigns, ability to run and deliver video and email courses and so much more, do check out Kartra. It brings together so many useful tools into one cohesive and powerful solution. Again, it is similar in many ways to New Zenler, so just find the program that fits your and your course creator goals the best.


Disclosure: Some of the links on this page may be affiliate links, and I may receive a small payment from the site operator if you go on to purchase from one of the links (though you won’t be charged any more). Thank you, really appreciate you supporting my writing and research!