tools of the trade

Tips, Software, Tricks of the Trade, Insider Secrets: Stuff to make your life as an author easier!

ProWritingAid

Whatever your level of writing, ProWritingAid will help you achieve new heights. Exceptional writing depends on much more than just correct grammar. You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. ProWritingAid helps you find the best way to express your ideas.

Self-Editing Workbook

Self-editing is the process every writer goes through after they complete a draft of their written work. Use this comprehensive guide to help you check for things like grammar mistakes, continuity, spelling errors, typos, missing words, repetition, awkward sentences, passive voice, subject-verb agreement, clarity, misplaced modifiers, homonyms and get your novel agent-ready. 

Insider's Club Membership

Self-editing is the process every writer goes through after they complete a draft of their written work. Use this comprehensive guide to help you check for things like grammar mistakes, continuity, spelling errors, typos, missing words, repetition, awkward sentences, passive voice, subject-verb agreement, clarity, misplaced modifiers, homonyms and get your novel agent-ready. 

Fiverr

Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services connecting businesses with freelancers offering digital services in 250+ categories. As an independent author you’re spending money left and right. With Fiverr you can do more with less. Hire professionals to convert text for kindle, design book covers, design your website, business cards, logo, the scope is endless. And, “gigs” (projects) start as low as $5 (hence, Fiverr).

Amazon

One way to improve your novel is by reading, constantly. Reading helps you to improve your writing craft by learning exposing yourself to other writing styles, words, and things that work. Likewise, reading the ones that don’t land keeps you cognizant of what you don’t want to do to your reader. There are all types of options these days: print, electronic, and audio. Every mode for every reader (or listener.) I like audio when I’m stuck in traffic. I carry my kindle when I’m traveling, but nothing beats the feel of snuggling up with a good printed novel and the feel of turning the page. Try a free 30 day trial of Audible to see if it’s for you.