I’ve learned a lot since deciding to go the indie publishing route. Not everyone has the time to spend weeks doing nothing but reading and researching indie author resources, and I’ve found a lot of information can be hard to narrow down. My goal with the following is to make the process easier for newcomers! This will expand in future blog posts as well.
Below I’ve listed the resources and tools I’ve found most helpful for self-publishing. I hope they help you too. (I don’t receive any compensation for recommending any of the below items, I just genuinely enjoy them.)
If you’re interested in more hands-on files to include in your indie author resource library, I’ve created an array of free spreadsheets, templates, and more that you can download to use here
It will not catch every issue, but is helpful with typos and possible suggestions.
Edits typos, grammar, and also helps with style issues. It’s not perfect, but in my opinion is more helpful than Grammarly.
Since Scrivener 3 can be complicated when it comes to formatting I tried out Vellum, and I’ll never use anything else to format both my ebooks and my print books from now on. It’s easy to use and creates a professional final file.
I used this for formatting before I got Vellum. It’s a little clunky, but for free it works just fine. It is a very basic formatter, and the fact it exports in only KPF files means it can be limiting if you ever want to use that file in other programs. (Calibre has saved me with this issue in the past.)