Tools & Resources

I’m often asked about the tools and resources I’ve found most helpful in my writing life. Below, I’m sharing them alongside additional resources that may add immense value to your personal writing journey.


Apps & Services

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Scrivener — Word processor

This app is designed specifically for writing, organizing, and editing long-form projects such as novels, research papers, television scripts, and plays. Its interface combines a typical word processor with advanced file and folder organization; easy note, research, and reference tools; and more.

(Click here to learn more about why I love Scrivener!)

Available for Mac, PC, and iOS. $20 — $49 USD. Free trial available.


VELLUM — Book Formatting

This app makes formatting your manuscript for print and ebook publication a cinch. Vellum also allows you to assemble boxsets, produce advanced reader copies, add store links, and export versions tailored to specific online distributors.

Available for Mac (with a PC workaround). $200 - $250 USD. No payment necessary until you’re ready to export.

Book Design Templates — Formatting

Quickly and easily create beautiful formatted books in Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or Adobe InDesign with formatting templates designed by a leading book formatter. Created with print and ebook industry standards in mind.

Choose from dozens of book templates. Licenses range from $59 - $249 USD.

Book Brush — Book Mock-up Generator

Create beautiful graphics for ad campaigns and social media sharing using Book Brush’s easy-to-use 3D Creator featuring 50+ book templates. Don’t forget Instant Mockups, a simple tool for creating over 200 real-life book images in minutes.

Free and paid tiers available. Use the code WELLSTORIED15 to save 15%!

Grammarly — AI-powered Text editor

From grammar and spelling to style and tone, the Grammarly app and browser extension help you eliminate errors in your writing and find the perfect words to express yourself. (Learn how I use Grammarly by clicking here.)

Available for Mac and PC. Free and premium versions available.

Damonza — Cover Design & Formatting Service

Books are judged by their covers. Damonza’s team of award-winning cover designers and book formatters will help you translate your manuscript into a beautiful and professional book you can be proud to share with the word.

Pricing depends on your project, needs, and timetable.

Ebook Launch — Editing, Formatting, & Cover Design

Ebook Launch has you covered from cover to cover with their excellent & affordable editing, formatting, and cover design services for independent authors. Trusted by industry pros and a proud member of the Alliance for Independent Authors.

Pricing depends on your project, needs, and timetable.

AUTHOR PACKAGES — Proofing, Formatting, & Design

Author Packages believes that producing a high-quality book shouldn’t have to be daunting. That’s why they offer fantastic print and ebook cover designs, formatting, proofreading, and promotional merchandise design.

Pricing depends on your project, needs, and timetable.

99Designs — Cover Design & Formatting

At 99designs, you can browse a directory of freelance designers for all manner of projects, including print and ebook cover design and formatting. You can also create a design contest to receive dozens of submissions from designers worldwide, a great option if you’re wary about committing to one designer or formatter.

Contest pricing begins at $199; individual designers’ rates and services will vary.

Publisher Rocket — Amazon Data Analyzer

Increase your book sales using data! Publisher Rocket is an amazing piece of software that helps you identify key search terms, categories, and author sales rankings to determine how you can best position your work on Amazon.

BookFunnel — eBook Delivery App

Whether it’s delivering your reader magnet, sending out advanced copies of your book, handing out ebooks at a conference, or fulfilling your digital sales to readers, BookFunnel helps you deliver your book like a pro.

Pricing ranges from $10 - $25 / month. Annual pricing discounts available.

Reedsy — Book Production Marketplace

There’s no better place to compare and connect with freelance book production professionals than Reedsy. Give the marketplace a peek if you’re looking to hire an editor, cover designer, illustrator, formatter, publicist, etc.

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) — Distributor

With Amazon’s POD (print-on-demand) and ebook distributor, you can publish in less than 48 hours, share your work with millions of worldwide readers, and earn up to 70% royalties — all with no upfront cost.

Draft2Digital — Ebook Distributor

If self-publishing is your dream, Draft2Digital can help you make that dream a reality by distributing your ebook to markets worldwide, including Amazon, Overdrive, Barnes & Noble, Tolino, Kobo, Scribd, and beyond.

No upfront fee to list your books. 10% fee on sales.

IngramSpark — Print & Ebook Distributor

Self-publish and distribute your book to over 39,000 bookstores, libraries, schools, and online distributors worldwide with Ingram Spark, including Amazon, Tolino, Overdrive, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd, and beyond.

$25 ebook listing fee, $49 print listing fee, $49 print & ebook combined fee


Courses & Workshops


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Writing for Life Workshops

From author and freelance editor C.S. Lakin come some of my favorite online video courses, including:

  • Emotional Mastery For Fiction Writers

  • Targeting Genre for Big Sales

  • The Four Foundational Pillars of Novel Structure

  • The Ten Key Scenes That Frame Up Your Novel

C.S. Lakin’s courses range in price from $17 - $197 and offer incredible insights, examples, and exercises to help you level up your writing life.

Adam Croft’s Book marketing Workshops

As one of the bestselling indie authors in the world, Adam Croft knows a thing or two about how to market a book.

Now, Adam is sharing that knowledge in a series of insightful and affordable video workshops, including:

  • Writing Killer Blurbs & Hook

  • Calculating Readthrough

  • Publishing Your Book on Amazon KDP

  • Grow Your Mailing List

Workshops range from $29 - $49 USD.


Books On Writing


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