Below you'll find some of my favorite books, tools, and websites to use when writing. If you can think of another resource, or category, that you think should be added to this list please email me at

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Writing, Editing, and Publishing Websites and Apps

Scrivener for Mac and PC: 

I love Scrivener! I use it to write and edit my novel. It's versitile and can be used by novelists, screenwriters, students, and more. Scrivener provides everything you need to write, and continue writing,  in one convenient location. 

Hemingway Editor:

This is a free, online editing tool that can show your novel's readability score, word count, and help you fix comment editing mistakes.


This is a grammar checker that has a free and paid version. Grammarly will scan your manuscript for common and complex grammatical mistakes.

99 Designs and Bookfly Design:

Purchase book covers for print or ebook


Find an editor, formatter, or marketing team. 

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing:

Self-publish your book as an ebook on Kindle

Ingram Spark:

Distribute your self-published book worldwide as an ebook or printed book. 

Books On Writing

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This is quickly becoming one of my favorite drafting books. The simplicity, examples, and ease of use make it literally the last book you’ll ever need on writing.

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This is one of my favorite books, and as a writer, I try to read it every year. It's full of great writing advice, especially when it comes to grammar, and includes anecdotes about how some of his greatest works came about, plus some good stories of his own.

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Writer's Guide to Character Traits
By Dr. Linda Edelstein

This isn't the type of book you can read cover-to-cover, but it is a book I always have on my desk when I'm working on my manuscript. This book is a good reference tool to help writers make their characters more believable. Edelstein doesn't go in-depth with any of the traits, but in addition to various disorders and conditions, this book also covers body language and nonverbal cues. Overall, this book is useful for getting an initial understanding for further research.

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This is a great reference book to help you show your character's emotions. Each entry (emotion) has several descriptions that are divided into Physical Signals, Internal Sensations, Mental Responses, Cues of Acute (Insert Emotion Here) and Cues of Suppressed (Insert Emotion Here). It examines how emotions are not only shown in a narrative but also how they function and how to make the most of them in your writing. 

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This is a humorous, but serious, book that will help you find your writing passion and voice. It will not only remind you that writing is difficult, but help you overcome writing doubts and frustrations. 

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This is an excellent tool to help you publish, market, and promote your book. It is geared towards traditional publishing, but has many helpful insights for those who decide to self-publish too. 

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Feeling stuck? This book is a handy reference. It contains many lists- lists of names, plot ideas, character traits, and more. 

Build Your Author Platform


Squarespace or Wordpress:

Use one of these sites to build a beautiful blog or author website.


Purchase a custom domain name for your website or blog.


Build and engage with your email list. (Free if you have less than 2,000 subscribers!)


Create beauitful graphics for your website and social media pages for free. 

Creative Market:

Purchase fonts, mockups, and designs to use.


Find beautiful, free pictures to use for your website and other designs.

Hootsuite or Buffer:

Schedule social media posts in advance.


Schedule meetings and appointments for your writing/editing/publishing services.

Blue Snowball USB Microphone:

Record high-quality audio for video and podcasts.

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS:

Shoot high-quality author photos, and other images, as well as use for vlogging. 

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