List of useful tools and resources for use in your author's journey. Perhaps they can make authors more productive, efficient, effective, creative, profitable--whatever the case!
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(last updated: Aug 2021)
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ia Writer a great Markdown editor available on many platforms
Typora (free) an online, minimalistic Markdown editor
Bear mac Only
Microsoft VS Code (free) a coder's tool, but powerful for Markdown writing as well
notion (free, paid) amazing all-in-one project management tool with a solid Markdown editor
Affinity suite of products - superb, highly affordable alternative to Adobe photoshop
tinypng - amazingly effective online service that compresses your images
canva - beautifully simple artwork creation using templates
gimp - the long running (25 years+!) free graphics program, widely used and very capable
Authors who want their own websites can simply use one of the many graphical website builders rather than struggle to build one themselves or configure Wordpress etc. Here are some options.
Squarespace - an excellent, "premium" website builder with excellent templates and many other features
Weebly - as above
Wordpress - for Wordpress fans, this hosted solution takes the pain out of configuring it yourself
Medium - while not really a website builder, Medium is a powerful blogging platform that some writers may use as their primary branding with their own domain
These are for the more technically inclined.
Digital Ocean - create a VPS for $5/month with a hosted Wordpress
Google Firebase - Google's free offer lets you create static sites for cheap
Amazon Lightsail - Amazon's Digital Ocean like VPS hosting
Here are some reputed domain registrars. Note that some of the hosted website providers also let you register a domain, and some others provide a domain for free if you build a website with them.
kboards writer's cafe - a great place, especially for independent authors, to ask questions and share ideas
absolutewrite forums - a long running, incredibly content rich community for almost everything related to writing
Critique Cirlce - a place for writers to get and provide feedback on their work and improve the writing skills
KDP Community boards Amazon forum for Kindle publishing
20booksto50k - popular Facebook group for authors; ideas, advice, inspirational journey... it's all there
Graphics, cover makers, editors, proofreaders, beta reading and so on.
Fiverr - a handy place to get freelancers to do a myriad of things: logo design, boxsets, beta reading, editing, audio recording- you name it
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