As a self-publishing author, there are a lot of responsibilities at your helm. You are bound by constraints of time, resources, and finances. If an author has sufficient funds at their disposal, they may approach independent publishers or freelancers to save time and effort. However, not many have access to these resources, and so, undertake each of the processes of self-publishing upon themselves.

Self-publishing has many aspects to it, and starting each process from scratch with little to no knowledge of it will make the process a lot harder to manage. Here are nine tools to help you out in the various stages of your self-publishing journey. 

Become a Master Editor

Editing is probably the most technical aspect of the publishing spectrum. It involves making modifications ranging from minor grammatical errors to making substantial changes in the manuscript to tell the story in a more natural manner. These tools will ensure you get the needed expertise depending upon your requirements:

  • WordRake: WordRake is a tool that can help you with proper phrasing and choices of words by providing valuable suggestions. This paid extension is compatible with Google docs as well as Microsoft Outlook. All you need to do is select the manuscript and click the ‘Rake’ icon in your document. WordRake will then scan the entire manuscript and make the required changes to your document.
    Takeaways: Easy to install; User-friendly; Quick turnaround time.
  • Grammarly: Probably one of the most well-known tools available for editing, Grammarly, is a tool that helps amateur authors refine their content grammatically by providing useful suggestions concerning the vocabulary used in your manuscript Although the free version/ extension can be handy for minor errors such as typos, the premium version provides a larger chunk of resources such as correct sentence structure, use of proper tone and correct placement of punctuations.
    Takeaways: Extension and app option available; Real-time analysis; Plagiarism checker.
  • ProWritingAid: ProWritingAid is possibly the best editing tool that can either be used as a plugin or can be downloaded as an app. It comprises over 20 different reports that check your writing, and you can also select the style of writing based on your manuscripts such as Creative, Academic, Business, Casual, etc. The suggestions provided by the tool will be based on the style you have selected.
    Takeaways: Higher integration; Perfect for professionals.

Master the Art of Cover Designing

The cover of your book defines your book and has the biggest impact on the mind of the readers before buying it. As a self-publishing author, you want your book to look professional, impactful, and yet pocket-friendly and these three tools make it all possible:

  • Adobe Spark: Adobe Spark is a web and mobile-based designing tool introduced by the creators of Photoshop. This tool is perfect for users who are looking for quick and easy designing templates at a reasonable price with minimal modifications. Adobe Spark consists of designing tools and templates that are more than sufficient for any self-publishing author.
    Takeaways: Pocket-friendly; Perfect for quick designing needs; Customisable.
  • Canva: Another tool that’s perfect for designing your book cover is Canva. Along with being pocket-friendly, Canva is also user-friendly and can be used by anyone and everyone even if they have no prior knowledge of designing. It offers you a variety of designs and templates along with free-to-use images, and also comes with a free version.
    Takeaways: Easy to learn and use; Over 250,000 templates available in the free version; Customisable.
  • Blurb BookWright: Blurb BookWright is the tool you need if you’re looking for a sophisticated designing tool. If you have some professional designing experience or know exactly what you want for your cover then this tool can do wonders for you. It ticks all the parameters that a self-publisher is looking for. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and provides a plethora of choices not just for the cover design but also for the overall design of the book. It provides built-in templates and designing tools for customising that are at par with Photoshop.
    Takeaways: Free tool; Available for Windows and Mac; Provides a professional touch.

Become a Prolific Marketer:

These tools for marketing will eliminate the need for hiring a professional to help with your marketing, sales, and promotional needs:

  • WordPress: In a world where going digital isn’t an option but a norm, WordPress is the answer to your website and blog needs. Nothing comes close to the ease and effectiveness provided by WordPress, not to mention the various professional tools available to help you create an attractive website.  You can also turn your website into a store that enables users to order books.
    Takeaways: Perfect for professionals; User-friendly; Multiple hosting services available.
  • PublisherRocket: PublisherRocket is a goldmine for those who are looking to self-publish their eBooks. Any modern marketing pundit will emphasise the importance of keywords for analysing consumer behavior and trends. PublisherRocket does just that by providing real-time data of what users on Amazon’s Kindle have been searching for.
    Takeaways: Categorises data; Provides insights into niche categories
  • Storiad: Storiad is an all-in-one marketing tool for any self-publishers as it provides a spectrum of marketing techniques that one can carry out as per their preference. It not only allows you to create but also run campaigns. It also has a database of over 50,000 verified publicity contacts that help to promote your books and also allows video creation for webinars for promotional purposes.
    Takeaways: Integration of multiple techniques; Provides networking options

Self-publishing has various components and each component demands a different set of skills and efforts. For amateur writers wanting to get their books published, these components can be quite overwhelming at times. The tool mentioned in this article will ensure you never lack the resources or the expertise while chasing the dream of penning that bestseller.

Published On: June 30th, 2021 / Categories: Blogs, DIY Publishing /