Category «Apps for Writers Blog»

Goodreads

Who hasn’t heard of Goodreads? It’s an extensive website and app for readers to log their reads, look at user-generated reviews, and find new books to read. But there’s so much more. Goodreads is huge. And as a writer, if you aren’t using it, let me give you a little push. What is Goodreads? The …

Book+Main Bites

Book+Main is a self-proclaimed matchmaker for readers and romance authors. It’s actually a great marketing tool for romance authors. Their site is designed to bring readers and authors together on a separate URL, Book+Main Bites. Authors can post small excerpts from their novels (bites) with a picture. Readers can search the site based on categories …

The Fussy Librarian

The Fussy Librarian is a website that provides a newsletter to readers with customized lists of discount and free eBooks. For writers, the site is an email marketing service. There are other services such as BookBub, which is a huge one and merits its own post. I’ll be talking about BookBub at the end of …

Sites for Readers: Series and Recommendations

Welcome to Summer Reading! In July, I plan to highlight some great apps for readers. As a writer, we need to be familiar with these apps. Stay tuned for Goodreads, Book Bub, The Fussy Librarian, and Book+Main. Here are a few sites to help you find books for your own reading. As writers, we need …

Hemmingway

Comment: I should have changed the order of the blog posts. In an ideal world, I would’ve started with Hemmingway, moved to Grammarly, then wowed (overwhelmed?) with ProWritingAid. I say this because the program has underwhelmed me. Hemmingway is an online grammar editing tool. You can purchase the software for desktop for a mere $20 …

ProWritingAid—Updated

ProWritingAid had a major update. This post is a revision of my original post from June 16, 2020. (Yep, if I had just waited a few weeks to write it up…anyway…) ProWritingAid is a multipurpose program that checks style, grammar, and more. It is a free extension on browsers. At the premium level, it can …

Grammarly

Grammarly is an editing app that checks texts for common grammatical errors. But wait, there’s more. It’s also an added extension for Word (for Windows) and various browsers. Grammarly checks grammar on apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger. It has a free component and a paid subscription service.  The Free Service: It works on …

Let’s Talk Grammar

Please bear with me. I know this isn’t everyone’s favorite topic. My last formal grammar lesson was in seventh grade with Mrs. S. She marked my education in two ways. 1. She told my twelve-year-old self I could not read Agatha Christie yet because I could not possibly understand it. (Insert Rude Gesture here.) And …

Stock Photo Sites

Every author whether Indie or Traditional needs stock photos. Marketing is an enormous part of our jobs as writers. Ads on various social media sites and booksellers only enhance our sales. Here There are tons of stock photo sites out there. I highlighted a few with their pricing plans to help get great quality images …

Ideas for Using Scapple

Don’t let Scapple’s blank page intimidate you. It’s your canvas for anything. So, ideas…I could list the usual projects: Timelines, family trees, brainstorming, story mapping, etc. But what more can we do? Timelines: Scapple is a simpler version of the Aeon Timeline app. If you don’t need all the detail from Aeon, then Scapple is …