Recommended Tools & Resources for Authors & Writers

We have curated a variety of the best tools & resources to help you with writing, publishing, and marketing. We use many of these helpful aids on a daily basis and only recommend what we know, like, and trust.

 

Note: Some of the links below are from affiliates. This means we earn a small commission if you click through and buy. This costs you nothing extra, and in no way influences the products and services we recommend. We want you to be successful, and therefore, only recommend products and services we have used or found to be the best options for authors and writers.

ISBNs & Barcodes

Love it or hate it, if you live in the U.S., your only option for buying your own ISBNs is Bowker. And, prices vary greatly depending on how many you purchase. Singles are $125, but you can get 10 for $295. Price per ISBN continues to drop the more you buy. Read our primer on ISBNs HERE or our guide on quick and easy ISBN assignment HERE.

Our go-to source for ISBN barcodes is Barcode Graphics. Get the EPS or PDF version to use with digital or print on demand publications. You can even get them as stickers if you need them. They are $11 each for up to 3. Price breaks are given for higher quantities. Read our blog post on barcodes HERE.

While we usually don’t recommend the free barcode generators online, we have tested the ones from Tec-It and found them to be of very good quality. Use at your own risk!

Graphics & Image Sources

Ridiculously simple image creation for websites, social media marketing, & blogs. We use Stencil to create virtually every graphic for our blog and social media posts. Over 1,500,000 background photos to chose from. 650+ Amazing Templates. Thousands of fonts or upload your own. Free to create up to 10 images/mth. See our review of Stencil HERE.

Hundreds of thousands of royalty free stock images to chose from. All licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license meaning the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. This includes personal and commercial use! Vary rarely do we leave the Pexels website empty handed. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better free photo site.

When the Softpress team needs high-quality vector images or royalty-free stock images, we always head over to DepositPhotos. With over 80 million images we always find what we need for client book covers, ebooks, and various marketing campaigns. Besides stock images we love the array of illustrations, vector art, and backgrounds available at DepositPhotos.

Writing & Editing

InCopy lets your editor style text, track changes, and make simple layout modifications to your manuscript while you work on the same document simultaneously in Adobe InDesign CC — all without overwriting each other’s contributions. If you’re an InDesign user, we highly recommend this tool for increased productivity and editing on the fly!

Scrivener is our go-to app for writing. In fact, it is used every day by best-selling novelists, screenwriters, non-fiction writers, students, academics, lawyers, journalists, translators and more. Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it simply provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing. Available for Windows & MacOS. Note: Use coupon code SCRIV3MAC at checkout to get 50% off MacOS version! See our review of Scrivener HERE.

Domains, Websites, & Hosting Resources

We believe WordPress is THE best choice for creating a beautiful website and/or blog. It’s fully customizable with over 45,000 plugins to ensure your website looks and performs beautifully. And, it’s what Softpress Publishing is built on! What’s more, it’s FREE!

We love Siteground web hosting services. They offer amazing technical support and free SSL security with every hosting plan. We’ve been with Siteground for several years now and have never had an outage. Plus, should we ever have a question or issue, their live 24/7 support chat simply can’t be beat. With pricing starting at only $3.95/mth it’s easy on your budget as well.

 

Softpress Publishing is built on Elegant Themes, and we regularly use their Divi Builder to update our site. With over 87 themes available to choose from you’re sure to find exactly what you want. What’s more, Divi is a very powerful theme and visual page builder that’s easy to use, even for novices. Get Divi today and create your own beautiful website without ever knowing any web code!

Need a domain? Get it from Hover and save big over other “fatherly” domain sellers. You can pick up a .com domain starting at just $12.99. We also love the fact that Hover includes WHOIS privacy with every domain purchase. Other sites charge a premium to protect your privacy. Go with Hover. You won’t regret it.

Resources for Hiring and Working with Ghostwriters

Hiring and Working with Ghostwriters (eBook)

Do you have an idea or concept for a great book, but lack the writing skills or time to complete a full manuscript? That’s where a ghostwriter comes in. A ghostwriter will use your concepts and ideas and turn them into a full-length manuscript. What’s more, your name goes on the final product instead of theirs!

In this comprehensive guide you will learn about project budgeting, where to find ghostwriters, tips and strategies for getting an excellent writer, and negotiating for best price. We have even included ways to avoid legal pitfalls, guidelines on project schedules, and 5 sample scripts for you to use in the hiring process.

If you want to get your book idea out of your head and onto paper, but lack the time, get this comprehensive guide today!

$17.00 or, save 20% with our Ghostwriter bundle!

(ebook only)

Ghostwriter Contract

As the name says, this is a contract to be used when hiring a ghostwriter. This is an inexpensive piece of insurance that will protect you and the ghostwriter should any difficulties arise.

$7.00

(contract only)

Ghostwriter Nondisclosure Agreement

This Nondisclosure Agreement was developed specifically for working with ghostwriters. Use it to protect all your proprietary information while your writer prepares your manuscript.

$7.00

(NDA only)

Ghostwriter Guide, NDA, and Contract Bundle

Save 20% by purchasing our Ghostwriter Bundle which includes the Comprehensive Guide, Nondisclosure Agreement, and Contract.

$25.00

Free Resources from Softpress

Creating An Outstanding Book Cover That Sells

Your book cover is the one thing that stands between you and a potential customer. And yes, your book will be judged by its cover. With the flood of new books on the market today, you MUST capture someones attention if you want sales. That is why we created this tutorial. It is busting at its digital seams with information on how to create an outstanding cover for your new book.

You will learn the 5 Fundamental Elements of Design that you must get correct so your book gets noticed. Next we  teach you how to Craft the Perfect Title for your work. Finally, you will learn all the tips and techniques on Putting It Altogether so your book captures the attention of readers and creates more sales.

Author Media Kit Example

An Author Media Kit is an essential component in the tool belt of all serious authors. It’s the one packet of information that stands between you and getting media attention for your latest book. Read part 1 of our blog article on what goes into an outstanding media kit HERE. Learn how to assemble your own professional media kit in part 2 HERE.

This professionally created media kit example is yours FREE. Just click the big red button below.

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