Publishing Your Own Books? Here are the Tools You’ll Need

Writing, editing and eventually publishing your very own book is not an easy task, so it is better that you know how to walk through the journey of dealing with your literary masterpiece. While we can’t help you do the actual writing, we can show you some useful tools to help you generate ideas, organize your writings, and lastly publish it. These tools are inexpensive (some are free) and can be your perfect writing aids.

Rory’s Story Cubes is comprised of a box of nine miniature cubes akin to the traditional dice. Each cube displays a different icon on each face for a sum of fifty-four pictures in the complete set. Let’s say you rolled a die and found the picture of an ink-black beetle. You could associate that beetle with a traitor or a multi-limbed business or portray someone who lived with an emotional cover. Look at the screenshot below. Can you think of any interesting plots to go along with it? This is an amazing kit for generating ideas.

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Microsoft Word is not the best one in the context of inking your dreams simply because it’s designed for making business documents (you wouldn’t require features such as tools for drawing). This is an excellent book-writing tool. One exemplary editing feature of this online software is that it enables you to go back to alterations – not just for the last save, but all the way back to the time when you first started writing your book. Therefore, any sort of problem with your hard drive wouldn’t cause a scratch to your work. As the software is an intrinsic portion of the FastPencil publishing system, you can easily welcome your friends, family, and colleagues to analyze whatever you’ve written. This absolutely free online software can be accessed here. But you need to sign up for an account on the site first.

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This software is specially designed for writers and is also the personal favorite of many writers. While most software helps after you’re finished with your work, Scrivener assists you from the very beginning – from the time when your plot and plans are unformed – until that heart-warming final draft of your masterpiece. You can do several pieces simultaneously if you use Scrivener. It is one of the very few writing software that enables you to see your entire write-up while you are organizing the parts, This feature is called the corkboard view (shown in the screenshot below). This software makes sure you get everything you need to write and edit right in front of you. You can download a free trial of this software or even purchase it from their official page.

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Akin to Scrivener, Outline 4D enables you to brainstorm, make and create the structure, and arrange your work. The screenshot below shows that you can work on several activities at the same time. A great feature of this software is that it is easy to use, and the interface is user-friendly. It offers many built-in templates which will help you in tailoring the outline structure style. Moreover, it has a horizontal outline pattern that is quite better than blocks, index cards, and conventional timeline systems. The software lets you make virtual index cards which are capable of containing hundreds of pages of text!

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Once all the work related to inking your dreams is complete, Adobe Indesign CC will lay out the options regarding how you want your work to be presented. The screenshot below portrays some of the fonts of one of the suite software from its font stock of a massive 700. It’s a great tool for publishing purposes because it offers a unique array of designs as far as fonts, texts and covers. If you’re not acquainted with Adobe products, you could always learn from video tutorials on the Internet.

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What other tools do you use to publish your own books?