Self-Publishing: Five Time-Saving Tools

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by Hope Ann

A writer’s life is filled with so much more than the mere creating of stories. There is editing and proofreading. Marketing and newsletters. Blogging and graphics. We can take any help offered, and here are five free tools which have helped me save time and work the best I can.

 

Grammarly

When you create an account in Grammarly, you can type directly into a document on the site, or you can paste into a document. Grammarly also offers some cool apps which will check your grammar and spelling as you type up emails or on social media sites.

Grammarly is split between a free version and a premium version. The free version catches critical mistakes, while you have to pay to see advanced mistakes. But it is still handy to find obvious grammar or spelling mistakes, even if it occasionally marks something as wrong that you decide to leave unchanged for various reasons.

 

MailChimp

Building an email list is essential for any author. MailChimp offers a free mail service for up to 2000 email addresses. You’re able to create signup forms, popup boxes, welcome emails, and various other cool stuff. You can create and save templates and track opens and clicks through Mailchimp analytics.

 

Hootsuite

If you are on social media at all, this is a great time saver. You’re allowed to add up to three different social media sites in the free version. Hootsuite allows you to schedule posts, either for each site individually, or for several sites at once.

Plus, Hootsuite has a cool dashboard where you can look all the information on a particular site, with columns for your posts, your feed, your messages, your scheduled posts, etc.

 

Canva

At some point, you’re probably going to make some graphics for a book launch, a sale, or your blog. Canva is a great free tool for this. With numbers of free templates (as well as others you can pay for) you get a head start on creating classing Pinterest photos or sleek Instagram posts. One of the best parts is that these templates are created for the optimal size of a post for that particular social media site, increasing the effectiveness of the graphic.

 

Pixabay

You’re going to need photos for the graphic you create, and Pixabay offers a great collection of royalty free photos. Though downloadable for free, there is the option to donate a few dollars if you wish to, but it’s not required. They have a wide variety of photos, especially when it comes to nature pictures.

 

 

 

Guest post contributed by Hope Ann. Hope is a Christian fantasy writer who has self-published two novellas. She has been writing for five years and enjoys retelling fairy tales, creating worlds, making fun of clichés, and blogging. You can claim a free copy of her Beauty and the Beast retelling here.

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19 thoughts on “Self-Publishing: Five Time-Saving Tools”

    1. I like it so far. Just started using it a couple weeks ago (the free version). It’s nice to be able to schedule posts ahead of time. My twittering has become less of a distraction now that I can simply check in with my notifications instead of bothering with the other stuff. There doesn’t seem to be a way to make a stream of the people who retweeted me, but maybe I’m missing something. I like doing shout-outs to those folks on #FF

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  1. Love the list. I think another site worth mentioning is pexels.com for CC0 stock photos. Pretty awesome site, easy to navigate and doesn’t cost a thing, though they don’t always have the pictures I want. It’s been super helpful to me for making Wattpad covers, and I occasionally grab one of their images for a blog post.

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