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The Alliance of Independent Authors is a nonprofit membership organization for self-publishing authors with resources on topics ranging from how to use various self-publishing platforms to marketing tactics to how to get book reviews.
It’s no secret that just about anything can be found on Amazon. If you are looking for your next favorite book, whether that’s a physical book or ebook, check out Amazon. When there isn’t time to sit down and read, give Audible a go. With thousands of books available as audiobooks, you will never be without your favorite stories. And, of course, be sure to check out their great bookish gear, such as book nerd t-shirts. (Our personal favorite!)
Draft2Digital is an ebook aggregator that distributes to all the major retailers online, plus hundreds of storefronts worldwide. They also distribute to digital library platforms so that your ebook can be purchased by libraries.
ProWritingAid is an app that analyzes your writing and highlights potential improvements. It offers grammar and style checking combined with more in-depth reports to help you strengthen your writing—from line-level tweaks to a deeper assessment of your writing style.
It searches out elements like repetitiveness, vague wording, sentence length variation, over-dependence on adverbs, passive voice, over-complicated sentences, and more. In addition, the app makes suggestions and then offers explanations, videos, and even quizzes to help you understand the reasoning behind the suggestions.
Publisher Rocket, formerly known as KDP Rocket, is a software that provides data for what Amazon book buyers type into Amazon and how many people search each month. This helps authors to select the keywords that not only fit their book but also keywords that are actively being searched for on Amazon. Therefore, it assists authors in the discoverability of their book.
Below is additional information from the Publisher Rocket website.
Using Rocket’s Keywords Feature, you will learn:
- What keywords shoppers type into Amazon
- Estimated number of times someone types that keyword into Amazon
- How much money other books that rank for that keyword are making
- How many books are competing for that keyword
Streamyard is a live streaming studio in your browser where you can interview guests, share your screen (for presentations), and much more. Stream directly to YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms.
Vellum is a book formatting software for ebooks and print books (including hardback and paperback).
*Please note that this software is only for Apple/Mac computers only (macOS) and not for PCs. However, there is a workaround for PCs if you use MacinCloud. (Click here to learn more.)
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WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool. According to company statistics, more than 33% of all sites across the web use WordPress. Users can create blogs and/or websites using WordPress’ template system and plugin architecture, which helps to simplify the website creation process for beginners. If you are in need of a new website or want to update the one you currently have, definitely consider WordPress. While no resource is perfect, we have found that WordPress fits our needs, and it might fit yours as well!