Author Tools

Helpful tools & resources for every stage of writing, editing, and publishing.


Scope of Work Visual Tutorial [Slides] - Lisa K. Buchanon

Pre-write Project by Kristen Kieffer at - 143 page workbook that gets your book off to a good start.

Subject Centric Thesaurus books by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisti [Emotional, Rural Setting, Urban Setting, Positive & Negative Traits]



Article: 5 Tips to Find Your Editor Match(4/2014)

Article:  Sending a PDF Proof to Your Kindle 

Article: Turning your Blog into an e-book

Article, Book Synopsis & Book: Harry Potter Editor Talks about Writing, Revising & Publishing Books, Cheryl B. Klein

Article with Video Tutorials: Voice to Text and Visa Versa(8/2016)




Book: Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults

Book: Character & Viewpoint, Orson Scott Card

Book: The Emotional Craft of Fiction, Donald Maass

Book: Your First Page, Peter Selgin

Free Online Services:

Grammar Check


Wordcounter - counts frequently used words

Word Counter & Text Analyzer (repetitive words)

Word Frequency Counter

Free PDF: Plot Diagram with Freytag's Pyramid


Photo, Video & Media Kit

3 Easy Tips for Taking Better Pictures

Copyright Law & Public Domain Explained

FREE Images, Graphics, Music and more

Nevada County Story Collective - Connecting, preserving & sharing stories generated in Nevada County, CA

News Release in 6 Steps

Writing an Author Biography

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