Author Tip Tuesday – My Favorite Software and Websites

Every author has a number of software they like to use to get the job of writing and publishing done. Today I'm going to give you my list, and then in subsequent Tuesdays I'll tell you more about how they work and how I used them in my day to day.

Here's the list in no particular order:

Scrivener

(for writing and organizing the first draft)

Word

(for polishing final drafts)

 Excel

(for tracking earnings, expenses, and other important things that need to be tracked)

Booktrakr

(for tracking daily book sales)

Vellum

(for formatting)

DesignFeed

(new, still in beta, for quick text on image designs)

Picmonkey

(for creating teaser and promo pics)

Pixlr

(for manipulating images to use for promo)

Canva

(for creating FB banners and more)

Free Stock Images

(for finding free images)

Adobe Reader

(for proofing epub files –

also has a read aloud feature good for author editing through listening,

but I use the text to speech feature on my kindle)

Calibre

(for proofing mobi files)

EDITED TO ADD:

Photoshop Elements

for mocking up covers and manipulating photos for teasers

Bookfunnel

For ease of giving away ARCs and free files.

Do you have favorite software or websites not listed here? Let us know about them in the comments!

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