Best tools for authors by Danielle Desir.

My Favorite Tools For Indie Authors

As an indie author, there are a number of tools I use to write, market, and publish my books. Here’s a list of my favorite tools for authors – some are free while others are paid. These resources and/or services can help you save time, find talent to outsource tasks, streamline your marketing, distribution, and sales.

10 Best Tools For Authors

Productivity Tools For Authors

Google Docs: Allows you to write, collaborate with others, and access your documents from mobile or desktop.

Microsoft Word: One of the most popular word processors. Write, edit and share documents.

Grammarly: Checks for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. There is a free and paid version. Also, install Grammarly as an extension for Chrome, Safari, or Firefox web browsers.

Google Drive: Store, share, and access your files from any mobile device, tablet, or computer. Get the first 15GB of storage free.

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Design & Illustration

99Designs: Work with talented designers on your book covers, book layouts, book illustrations, and more.

I found the designer who created the cover of my 2021 release, Managing Your Money As A New Homeowner on 99Designs.

Managing Your Money As A New Homeowner by Author Danielle Desir

Get professional book cover & magazine design from 99Designs here.

Book Brush: Create professional ads, social media images and mockup images for your book. You can even design book covers!

Here’s an example of a social media graphic I created using Book Brush.

Canva: A graphic design platform to create social media graphics, bookmarks, print products, and more.


Draft2Digital: Format and distribute your books to digital storefronts including Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Hoopla, and more.

Kindle Direct Publishing: Platform used to self-publish your print and eBooks on Amazon.


Shoott: Book a mini 30-mini photoshoot and incorporate as many outfit changes, people, or props as you want. Available in multiple cities across the country including Denver, Detroit, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and more. Use my promo code ‘N1EZ6Z3JU’ when booking to receive 10% off your gallery purchases of 5+ photos.

What are your favorite tools for authors? Which tools would you add to this list?

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