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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