Five More Free Tools for Authors

Indie authors wear many hats including writer, publisher, book designer, production manager, publicist, marketing manager, and social media manager. It’s a lot to do with multiple tasks to keep track of.

The more help you have with these tasks, the more efficient you can be. Following are five free tools to help you in your Indie author roles.

1. Organize Your Brainstorm Ideas.

All authors brainstorm ideas. Brainstorming is an important part of developing a book. But, where can you put all those ideas and organize them? Enter mind maps. Mind maps are a graphical representation of ideas and concepts. They are a visual thinking tool for structuring information, helping you to better understand, remember, and generate new ideas. You can use the Bubbl.us mind map online for free.

2. Find Out How Amazon Kindle Sales Rank Translates to Actual Sales.

Every Kindle book listed on Amazon has a sales rank. How does this sales rank correlate to daily sales? You can now find out with the Kindle Sales Rank Calculator by Kindlepreneur. This free to use tool helps authors understand the connection between Amazon’s best sellers rank number and Kindle ebooks sold per day. Try the free KDP Calculator.

3. Know the Tone Your Words are Communicating.

Written words carry tone, which conveys emotions. To make sure your next email, text, or social post carries the correct tone, use the Tone Analyzer tool. Just copy and paste your message in the box and click the “Analyzer” button. The Analyzer lets you know what emotion your text conveys.

4. Save Stuff from the Internet to View Later.

If you are like me, you probably stumble over lots of interesting things on the web that you don’t have time to digest at the moment. If you use your browser bookmark tool, it can become unwieldy. A better way to save and organize anything on the web—articles, videos, social media posts—for later enjoyment is Pocket. Once saved in Pocket, your list of content is visible on any device—phone, tablet, or computer—for viewing. The service has free and premium options.

5. Find Out Which Libraries Carry Your Books. 

Have you been pursuing library sales for your books? Do you want to know if any libraries have ordered copies of your books? You can find out which libraries have copies of your book in circulation at WorldCat database.

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The New Price

The Internet is revolutionizing the way we do business. Information and technology are rapidly becoming affordable for everyone as the amount of free content on the web keeps growing.

Just to sample the free stuff on the Internet, consider:

In his new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price, Chris Anderson says that “people are making lots of money charging nothing. Not nothing for everything, but nothing for enough that we have essentially created a country-sized economy around the price of $0.00.freecover

By the way, Anderson’s book releases this week and his blog says that the book will be available in all digital formats – ebook, web book, and audiobook – for free for a limited time. It appears that his publisher is banking on the truth of the message in the book.

You may wonder: How can all these people make money offering stuff for free?

Take a closer look. Most of the free offerings online only offer a “basic” plan. To get the bells and the whistles, you must pay for the “premium” plan. Theses companies are banking on the fact that you will begin to use their program, like it, and then want the upgrade.

For example, Intuit, a publisher of retail management software is offering a free edition of their fully functional retail management software, Cash Register Plus Free Edition, this summer. Why? Because they believe that those retailers who use their program for free will love their software and become an Intuit customer for life (and buy the upgrade version).

Christian publishers are also jumping on board with this concept. Just this spring, Zondervan offered free downloads of the Today’s New International Version (TNIV) Bible for the Kindle. Zondervan reported that more than 7,000 free downloads of the TNIV were made in the first two weeks of the offer. Baker Publishing also offered their Bible in God’s Word (GW) Translation as a free download for Kindle and Kindle 2 users. Crossway, publisher of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible, offered their highly acclaimed ESV Online Study Bible free on their website for one month.

Each of these publishers was banking on free. They figure that most people still purchase print Bibles. Therefore, offering a digital version for free will hook readers on their particular Biblical translation and this in turn will increase print sales.

How can you get on board with the new price? What can you offer for free to hook readers who will want more and be willing to come back and pay for your books?


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