The Successful Author’s Digital Toolbox

In our previous post, I provided a list of platforms where aspiring authors can get their books published and distributed for sale through all the major e-book retailers. When you get to the point where you have a book published and available for purchase on major platforms such as Amazon, by all means, give yourself a pat on the back. You have reached a major milestone to becoming a successful author, but be advised, there is still plenty of work to do.

Once you have successfully published your book, and your book has been distributed for sale to the masses, you may be tempted to feel like your work is done, and it is only natural to feel this way. After all, you put in all that time and effort researching your topic, writing your book, and editing it to perfection, right?

Now, your masterpiece has finally been published and released on the market, so you can kick back and watch the sales start pouring in, correct?

Maybe in a perfect world that would be the case, but it’s not a perfect world, so quit your daydreaming, and come back to reality. Your book certainly didn’t write itself, so why would you think that it would sell itself?

Your work is not done, in fact, it has just begun.

Now, you need to make people aware that your book exists, and furthermore, you need to convince them that they need to have it. This involves promoting your book on as many websites, and through as many channels as possible. You need to get reviews for your book, and get your book mentioned on blogs and in forums. You need to create a buzz on social media around your book, and network with influencers, perhaps get some of them to interview you. Getting your book written and published was the fun part, now the real work begins, and indeed real work it is.

Well, not to worry my fellow authorpreneurs, you will have some excellent, and free resources at your disposal, because, I thought that I would follow our last post by creating a toolbox to help you in every aspect of your journey to obtaining book writer success.


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Free Resources For Indie Book Authors

I have quite a few resources to share with you. To make this toolbox easier to navigate and use, I grouped everything into one of the following categories:

  • Book creation tools & resources
  • Publishing Resources
  • Book sellers
  • Library Resources
  • Author & Book Promotion
  • Marketing Resources
  • Publicity Resources
  • Book Reviews
  • Online Communities & Social Platforms
  • Organizations
  • Miscellaneous Resources

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Book Creation Tools & Resources

If you have not yet written your book, the following resources will help you throughout the writing, and the editing process to create a final copy that is worthy of publication.

● All The Free Stock – your ultimate source for finding free stock photos, free mockups, free stock videos, free sound effects, free website templates, free fonts, free icons, free email templates, and color inspiration.

Canva – free graphic design tool that you can use for creating book covers, images, and whatever else you need.

Cite This For Me – free online citation tool that will automatically, and professionally cite any website that you need it to.

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One Look Thesaurus

Plot Factory – amazing free resource for fiction writers. You can use Plot Factory for story planning, developing your characters, forming details  of places, tracking important items in your story, and a lot more.

Publish Express – Convert your Word document to .epub AND .mobi files for free with this automatic ebook generator! Convert .docx, .txt, RTF or PDF files to ebooks in seconds.

Reverso – This tool enables you to correct the most cumbersome mistakes, with a high degree of accuracy and speed, and to improve your written English.

Txt 2 Tags – Txt2tags is a document generator. It reads a text file with minimal markup such as **bold** and //italic// and converts it to the following formats:

  • HTML
  • XHTML
  • SGML
  • DocBook (NEW)
  • LaTeX
  • Lout
  • Man page
  • Creole (NEW)
  • Wikipedia / MediaWiki
  • Google Code Wiki
  • PmWiki (NEW)
  • DokuWiki
  • MoinMoin
  • MagicPoint
  • PageMaker
  • AsciiDoc (NEW)
  • ASCII Art (NEW)
  • Plain text

Word Counter

Write Rhymes – this tool will give you rhymes for any word you need.

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Publishing Resources

When your final draft has been completed, and you’re ready to publish your work, these resources will help and guide you.

CLMP Directory of Literary Publishers

Odeen Books – Readers can read as much as they want, for free. Authors can publish all their books, for free, all this while earning money every time somebody reads one of their books.

Published – Meet the one book publishing productivity tool built to streamline your process from start to published.

Publishing Central – resources for publishing books, magazines, audiobooks, and ebooks.

Virtual Bookworm – Interested in self publishing? Print-on-Demand (POD)? Book marketing? Getting your previously published book back into print? Virtual Bookworm offers all of these services.

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Bookstores & Booksellers

Book Depository – online book marketplace where you can list your book for sale.

Bookogs – online book marketplace where indie authors can list their books for free, and sell them at the prices they choose.

Indie Bookstore Directory

Indie Bookstore Finder

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Library Resources

Under this section, you’ll see resources for finding, promoting, and distributing your self-published books to libraries both online & offline.

Library Spot – free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information.

Library Technology – a directory of libraries throughout the world.

World Cat – find items in libraries near you.

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Author & Book Promotion

All of the websites in this section will allow you to create an author profile on their platform and/or promote your book(s) for free.

All Author

Author Central – if you have any books published on Amazon Kindle, Amazon enables you to set up a free author profile page to promote your work.

Author’s Database

Bargain Booksey

Book Brag

Book Bub

Book of the Day

Bookwire

Ebookasaurus

Human Made

Indie Book Lounge 

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Book Marketing Resources

Free tools to market all your self published work.

About Me – free personal profile page that enables you to have a call-to-action with a link button. You can use your call-to-action to link visitors to one of your book sales pages.

Book Boast – Push your eBook marketing to the next level by collaborating with thousands of your fellow authors.

Book Club Reading List – pools authors’ fees to buy quality reader traffic. Books are randomly displayed to ensure equal exposure. Each listing includes a social media blast.

Book Launch – build a beautiful & professional book webpage for free.

Book Market – this site provides links to tons of book marketing & promotion tools, articles and tips on marketing your book, and provides premium book marketing services.

Books to Read – this tool enables you to create a universal book link so that readers can find your book wherever they prefer to shop.

Carrd – create landing pages or one-page websites for your book for free.

Marketing Terms – digital marketing reference website.

Snack Tools – tools to create promotional banners and flip books.

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Publicity Resources

There is no such thing as bad publicity. If you can get different media outlets talking about your book, that’s free marketing for you.

50 States – Links to over 3,300 United States Newspapers. Click on a state for a list of links to newspapers in that state.

● All Newspaper – The largest online collection of newspapers, magazines, radio stations, tv stations, news agencies and media sites.

Guerrilla Publicity – database full of publicity resources.

Online Public Relations 

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Getting Book Reviews

Do not underestimate the importance of getting your book reviewed by multiple people from multiple sources. A book with no reviews is a book with no readers. The majority of people that read books regularly will read reviews before deciding whether to purchase a book. You MUST get reviews!

Never pay money to get your book reviewed. There are plenty of places where you can get your book reviewed for free, besides, when someone pays money to have their book reviewed, this diminishes the review’s credibility. Now, to get good, honest reviews, you do, however, have to be willing to give a few copies of your book away for free, but it will be well worth it in the long run.

Here are a few resources that will help you get genuine reviews for your book:

Books on the Knob

Book Reviewers Directory

Book Sirens – find book review blogs, vlogs, & bookstagrams to promote your book.

Manic Readers – Manic Readers connects book authors in need of reviews with enthusiastic book reviewers.

New Pages – links & information on a multitude of review publications.

Online Book Club – community of avid readers that will give your book a fair, and honest review.

The Book Bloggers List 

The Indie Book Reviewers List

The Midwest Book Review 

The Uncustomary Book Review 

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Online Communities & Social Networking Platforms

Social media has come to be the dominant source of influence for the majority of consumers today, readers included. Next to getting genuine reviews of your book, actively promoting your book on social media is one of the most powerful ways to market it to the masses. This is because social media has come to play such a major role in our lives, and it has become a prevalent part of our culture so, whether you like it or not, it is here to stay.

Now you should absolutely establish at least some sort of a presence on the well known social media giants like Facebook or Twitter, but there are other platforms that you’ll want to get involved with as well.

There is a good number of social networks that were specifically created for readers,  and you, as an author, need to be on these platforms. The more of these platforms that you are on, and the more active on them you are, the better it will be for your success in the long run.

You can get started with the platforms that I have listed below.

Book Likes

Booker

Ebook Fanclub

Goodreads

Library Thing 

Readers in the Know

Scribophile

Stuffed Shelf 

Writer’s Cafe

Writers.com 

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Organizations

American Booksellers Association 

The Book Marketing Network

The Independent Book Publishers Association

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Miscellaneous Resources

Author Hub – tons of free resources for independent authors.

Author Link

BookCore – BookCore saves you valuable time and puts all your book sales on one place so that you can focus on making books, not copying numbers.

Bookalyzer – The fastest, easiest way to see how your book ranks. Including estimated sales numbers, competing books, sales recommendations and much more.

Copyscape – free tool that scours the internet to find out if your original work has been plagiarized anywhere on the web.

Publisizer – a crowdfunding literary agency.

Pub Slush – Pub Slush connects writers with publishers.

Text Mark – Protect you⁡r⁠ ⁣c⁣o⁠n⁢t⁢e⁢n⁠t⁢ ⁢with an invisible digital fingerprint that you can track anywhere on the internet.


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Closing Words

The time has come for you to start getting shit done my fellow authorpreneurs. The resources in this post will, at the very least, jumpstart your journey to success, so use them! The world is yours, and everything in it. Every single thing that you want is out there, get your hustle on and get it.

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Thank you for reading!

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