Want to get excited about publishing?

Ready to self-publish that best selling novel?woman with laptop

Want to get it right?

Then you might want a few good tips on what to do and not do in this post by .

What I’ve Learned About Self-Publishing

He takes you from Scrivener to avoiding stigma attached to self-publishing and finding a good editor. Terrific links and sources that will aid you on your journey of turning that manuscript into a successful book.

Take a few minutes and read his post.

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Do you know the best app for writing?

Whether you are a planner or pantser, all writers need good tools of the trade.

Sometimes I get bogged down in trying new apps. I waste too much time learning the ins and outs of an app I hope will help, but often I’m disappointed. Not because the app doesn’t work, but because it doesn’t work for me.

So, instead of spinning your wheels, like a car stuck in a ditch, read reviews before you try a new writing app.

What writing apps do I use?

  • Scrivener
    • I love this program now, but there was a big learning curve for me. And although I’ve gotten the gist of it now, I still learn something new almost every day.
  • Grammarly Premium
    • This app is one of my favorites. The free app is good too, but I upgraded to premium because I love the extras. The app is easy, and the learning curve short. Oh, one other thing about this app. It automatically checks my posts and emails.
  • Ginger
    • A free app, Ginger is easy to load and easy to use. You can listen to your story, the app also suggests rephrasing of sentences (you can accept or reject suggestions.)
  • Canva
    • This is a terrific app to design covers, promo material, and illustrations for blog posts. Easy and quick to use.
  • Sumo Paint
    • This cool app works similar to Adobe Photoshop. Not as complicated as Adobe, and for a simple layered design it’s perfect. There are a lot of Youtube videos to help on the learning curve. It can be used straight off the website, not requiring a download.
  • Paint.net
    • I use this app for simple sizing and cropping of images/photos. Super easy, quick and free.

As with all writing apps, none are perfect. And at times they contradict each other. So always double-check any suggestions before you take them as gospel.

Now I’ve discovered a few more that sound interesting. Kathy Edens has some interesting apps that may help planners and pantsers alike.

Which apps do I plan on checking out next?

  • One Stop for Writers, by Writers Helping Writers
    • This isn’t exactly new to me as I follow WHWs and love their Thesaurus books, but I haven’t used One Stop yet. Don’t know why but I’m checking it out now.
  • Pro Writing Aid
    • I used this program a few years ago. The new and improved (since I used it) looks interesting, and a lot of writers seem to love it. So gotta go and see what all the hoopla is about.

To read more reviews about these apps, click and read Kathy Edens recommendations. She lists 9 apps for you to look at.

Writing App Reviews: A Comparison of the Best by Kathy Edens

Do you have a favorite app/programs?

Which ones do you use?

Have you tried any of these? Like or dislike which ones?

Inquiring minds want to know. Share your experiences in the comments. I can’t wait to read them.

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How to know your word count with Scrivener

It’s super easy!

I like to set goals for my writing, little ones, and big ones.

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When I sit down to write, I set a word count goal. Now I don’t always reach each goal, but at least I’m shooting at a specific target.

I begin each project with a big word count goal for my manuscript. Then I set small goals every time I sit down to write. Scrivener makes both easy to do and monitor. And for those of you who are doing the NaNoWriMo next month, these tips might come in real handy.

Below is another short tutorial to show you how I set these word count goals. Also, I took a minute to answer your questions about different templates found in Scrivener.

Do you have any Scrivener tips?

Do you like to keep up with your word count?

Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo?

More info with Scrivener and word count feature: 

Track Your Word Count and Progress with Scrivener By

Project Targets at Simply Scrivener

NaNo Tips for Writing with Scrivener 

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