We had a great response from our last blog post about publishing books on Amazon Kindle. In the very near future, we may host a webinar explaining in a little more detail how the process works. For now, I thought I would share with you a few essential tools I used in publishing my recent Kindle book. I also have 3 books in the development phase right now and I am using the tools mentioned below to keep me organized and on task.
We live in an awesome time. Social media, the internet and sites like Amazon, allow the “little” guys and opportunity to play on the big field. My first Kindle book has been an awesome experience. While the rankings of the book have fluctuated both up and down, it has been an exciting experience to see my book rank alongside other writers I admire.
3 Must Have Tools to Write Your Own Kindle Book
Mindmap/Whiteboard – I like to start with a brainstorming session. You can use a whiteboard (I love whiteboards – I have 3 hanging in my home office and a new portable whiteboard I am really excited about). I also have Mindjet. It is an awesome program, but it can be a bit expensive. You can also use an online mindmap software called Mindmeister.
The idea is for you to get all of your thoughts out of your head. Then you can begin the process of organizing those thoughts into an outline. I am always amazed at the finished product. Mindmapping just works.
Yarny.me – I love this tool. If you are a writer, then you will love Yarny.me. It gives me just what I need without offering too many options. In the left column you can structure your book in separate chapters. Using the initial outline from above, begin to put chapter headings into your book. What I love most about Yarny is I can write what ever chapter I feel like writing at the moment. The minimalist screen shows just your text when you write. You can also download your entire Yarny project into one Microsoft Word file. Give it a try!
Grammarly.com – We did a more thorough review of Grammarly here: Our Review of Grammarly . In a nutshell, Grammarly serves as my editor. I copy and paste a chapter at a time into Grammarly and run a grammar, spelling, and plagiarism check. I do not copy materials from others, but it is still a neat feature to have. You can always choose to hire an editor if you want, but this is the route I have taken for now.
I do have more to share about the process in the days ahead, but these are the tools I use to write my books.
Question: Do you have any favorite writing tools you like to use? Share them in the comments below.