All The Tools You Need To Write, Self-Publish, and Market Your Book

This page lists many of the tools you'll need to write, self-publish, and market your nonfiction book. The majority of these tools are free or low cost to the author.  These are the same tools Carol and Lynn use, and can't live without! 


Authors can self-publish quality print books and ebooks with a global book distribution. Carol's most recent book was published with IngramSpark, and she raves about their distribution. 

Lulu Publisher

Print and self-publish with Lulu's tools for distribution, ecommerce, and global fulfillment. Lulu has great customer service. 


Amazon, Kindle Direct Self-Publishing 

Self-publish eBooks and paperbacks for free with Kindle Direct Publishing, and reach millions of readers on Amazon. Carol has published ebook and print books with KDP. 

Hemingway Editor

Hemingway Editor, a FREE app, tightens up your writing. It highlights wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words. Carol loves this app and uses it all the time!

Canva -Graphic Design 

Canva, a graphic design site, offers free and paid options. Authors can create covers, journal pages, illustrations, photos, social media posts. It's user-friendly and makes everything beautiful! 


Pexels is a site with FREE stock photos and videos. They're beautifully staged, usually the best pictures, and are all free! This is Carol and Lynn's  go to source for pictures. 


Another source of freely-usable images that can be used in commercial projects. All images are free to download.  

Lorem ipsum

Lorem ipsum is a site with free placeholder text. The text is used to create and preview print, ebook, or other media layouts. 

PDF Escape

PDF escape is a free, online PDF reader, editor, form filler, & form designer. Carol & Lynn use PDF escape to make fillable PDF's.. 

Books to Improve Your Writing

Do you have questions about writing rules, grammar, and style? These books are the exact guides you need to take your writing to the next level. These are the time-honored books in Carol's personal library! 

**Click on each book to peek inside on Amazon.  

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

This book is classic, and has been on Carol's personal bookshelf since Mrs. Hartsell's 10th grade English class! Every English writing question you face is answered in this book. It's a must-have! 

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard 

Another classic! A succinct guide of advice, illustrations, and writing rules on grammar, punctuation and so much more. This information is priceless for every author!

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

Practical, easy to understand, and filled with helpful nuggets of information. Even for accomplished writers, this book takes your writing to the next level. 

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