Essential Self-Publishing Tools and Resources For Writers

Essential Self-Publishing Tools and Resources For Writers

Self-publishing means that as an author or small press publisher, you have to do a lot of things.

Luckily, to make the process of self-publishing easier, there are many tools and services available that can save both time and money and help produce a top-quality book or ebook.

There are also many free and inexpensive promotional services available so you can spread the word about your books.

If you are a self-published author, there are many facets to what you need to do to succeed, so make sure you are equipped with the best self-publishing tools and services you require.

Check back from time to time as we update this page with more useful self-publishing tools and services.

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KDP Rocket logoPublisher Rocket

Find keywords that readers actually type into Amazon search.

Unlike any other software, Publisher Rocket gives you real-time data that shows you exactly what Amazon book buyers type into Amazon, as well as how many people search for these words every month.

You can also access sales data for competitive titles and search for high-performing book keywords and categories.



Grammarly is a writing-enhancement platform developed by Grammarly, Inc., and launched in 2009.

Grammarly’s proofreading and plagiarism-detection resources check for a writer’s adherence to more than 250 grammar rules.




Writing can be grammatically perfect but still feel awkward and clumsy.

ProWritingAid searches out elements like repetitiveness, vague wording, sentence length variation, over-dependence on adverbs, passive voice, over-complicated sentence constructions, and so much more (25 reports in all.)


Canva’s book cover maker makes book covers amazingly simple to design – even for non-designers.

Create a professional book cover for free.

You’ve done the hard work and created an amazing book.

Make sure it sells out by creating an awesome cover design! Canva’s free book cover maker is ridiculously easy to use – even for the novice or not-so-tech-savvy writer.



A word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft.

Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing, and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context.

Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.



Calibre is a free and open-source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It is an absolutely indispensable free tool for ebook authors.

It can convert Word .docx files into .ebub, .mobi, plus a long list of other popular ebook formats.

It can also be used to create an ebook library.

amazon author central

Amazon Author Central

Amazon Author Central is a must for authors.

You can edit your book data, book descriptions, add editorial reviews, and much more.

If you sell books or ebooks on Amazon, it’s an essential tool in making your Amazon book pages stand out from the crowd, especially if you have a little HTML skill.


Amazon Associates

While not really essential, Amazon Associates is a great way to make a little more on your books by way of affiliate commissions.

But the best part is that you can also earn commissions on other items people may buy on Amazon.



While it might sound too obvious, every self-publisher of Amazon Kindle ebooks really must have a Kindle.

Trusting Kindle apps on other devices will not accurately display what your Kindle readers are going to see when they read your ebooks.

Even the cheapest ad-supported model will do the job perfectly well.

Book SproutBook Sprout

Book Sprout is like a mailing list on steroids that was built from the ground up with authors in mind. It helps authors increase sales by reaching 100% of their followers via mobile notifications on tablets/phones/kindles whenever they release a new book or run a deal.

It also gives access to data that’s specific to authors and critical in making big decisions (such as whether or not to participate in KDP Select).


We designed the Reedsy Book Editor so authors can just write their book without worrying about formatting.

There is no learning curve, no “instructions manual”; you just write, and the editor takes care of the rest automatically.

The Reedsy Book Editor is fully compliant with most ebook and POD retailer requirements.