Welcome to my free tools and resources page!
I’ve put together a variety of helpful resources from across the web that I have found essential for my publishing journey, and which I think can help you in writing, publishing, and promoting your book.
Here you’ll find everything you need to get started, from writing and editing tools to marketing and graphics resources.
And best of all, it’s all absolutely free.
I gave up Microsoft Word a while ago and switched to Google Docs. It has everything I need to write, and keep track of my marketing and accounts in the Sheets section.
Plus everything is saved and backed up in the cloud, so I only need my email password to access my work anywhere, and on any device.
I use the free version of Grammarly for everything. As well as uploading documents to the website, I use the chrome extension to monitor my writing everywhere on the web.
Despite being a ‘writer’, my use of grammar has always been shaky, and this tool keeps me in check.
Reedsy Book Editor
This is a new tool, and I WISH I’d had access to this when I first started out. The book formatting tool makes life so much easier, and although the tool has a limited variety of themes to create the interior of your book, and will place a Reedsy link on the copyright page, this tool is remarkably good for a free book formatter.
I first discovered World Anvil a few years ago and was so overwhelmed I ignored it for a while. But recently I have gone back to it for my world-building and found it essential.
One warning though, if you are anything like me, you will burn through your 20 free articles in no time, so use at your own peril.
Mailchimp is the essential mailing list starter tool. It will help you get up to your first 2k subscribers for free. It is also remarkably versatile and links with most website plugins and mailing list builder sites.
But be warned: once you grow your mailing list, the costs can add up and you will want t switch your service which can be a chore.
Have a free book to offer subscribers, but no one is biting? Put the book link on BookSweeps, a catalogue for author’s freebies, sign-up offers, and reader magnets.
Just make sure you place it into the right category, and new readers will find you.
If you intend to create your own book covers or book graphics for ads or social media, then Canva is absolutely essential.
The free version is remarkably useful and offers all the functions you will need when starting out, including access to a vast range of stock footage, graphics, and photos.
It is also super easy to use and offers hundreds of templates which are frequently updated, so it really takes the headache out of creating content for your socials.
The 3D Book MockUp Creator
I searched for hours and hours to find a half-decent 3D Mockup generator, and there were a couple of okay tools out there.
But this tool is by far the best. Although the 3D mockups don’t come with a background, they are versatile enough that you can add a background in Canva and have a great-looking image of your book in just a few seconds.
There are dozens of social media scheduling tools out there, and in my time I have tried a few.
Most tools offer only very limited options on a free account, while their paid accounts are usually too advanced for my needs.
MissingLettr is simple, easy to use and currently offers an extensive package within its free account.
One of the most annoying aspects of promoting a book is sharing a bad link.
This can happen because online store URLs are not universal and will not necessarily take a buyer through to the correct regional store.
You can use Amazon Affiliate links, but you might find yourself in breach of your terms if you publish a link in the wrong place.
Relinks offers free Universal links for all digital books that you can share anywhere quickly and easily.
Want to give your platform a boost by running a competition? King Sumo has a free plan that will give you all the tools you need to make your competition a success and collect the email addresses of all the entrants. Perfect.