As of October, 2021, this list of free author tools, author resources, and author services is still a work in progress. Readers are encouraged to help contribute to the list of resources by sharing additional author resources in the comments section below. Thank you.– Ryan Stable
The 2022 Complete List of Free Author Tools, Author Resources & Author Services
If you’re like me, you’re sick of bookmarking and categorizing hundreds of different websites for each phase in your book’s lifecycle. Well, ladies and gentlemen, you’re in luck because after thousands of Google searches I’ve finally compiled a list of all the free author tools, author resources, and author services that are publicly available.
(See the About The 2022 Author Tools, Author Resources, & Author Services List section at the bottom of this page for more information about how this list was put together, why these specific author resources were selected, and why this is the final author resource page you’ll ever have to bookmark).
Book Research Resources
Ultimate Book Category List – Includes all Amazon book categories, BISAC Codes, BIC Codes, THEMA Codes, & more (Free Download)
Search Volume (Bulk Keywords) – Similar to keyword planner but without the hassle.
SEM Rush – Keyword Research & Web Tools
Keyword Tool Dominator – One of the best keyword multi-tools available.
Google Keyword Planner – AdWords portal for authentic keyword research.
Google Webmaster Tools – Register your author website here.
Bing Webmaster Tool – Register your author website here.
Google Trends -Not exactly keyword research, but extremely helpful for determining keyword trends.
SpyFu – Competitor & Keyword Research Tools
Ahrefs: Keyword tool, site optimizer, and more.
SERPs Rank Checker: Free keyword rank & SERP checker.
Keywordtool.io: Free alternative to Google Keyword Planner.
Writing Tools & Resources
Google Workspace Suite (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Website Builder, Photo Editor, etc.) – Everyone has used Google Drive, Docs, or one of the other many office apps included in Workspace. They’re great for team projects but not recommended as your primary writing software.
Microsoft 365 Suite (Office, OneDrive, OneNote, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) – Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and the others are are all staples among the author community, especially now that they offer 1TB of free storage on OneDrive. MS programs are feature-rich and frequently updated. If you haven’t tried writing on Microsoft Word in a while, it’s definitely worth revisiting.
Scrivener Word-Processor – A popular word processing app for fiction writers.
Hemingway – The Hemingway app helps writers edit and proofread their work as they go. If that’s your writing style, it’s worth checking out.
Brainstorming & Mind Mapping
Evernote – Popular project management and note organization app. (Free Download)
Microsoft OneNote – MS OneNote is a supercharged version of Evernote, plus, it automatically syncs everything to OneDrive.
Scapple Story Planner – A story planning app from the people behind Scrivener.
Ways to Improve Writing Word Count
Guide to Speed Reading – Writers who are able to speed read get a lot more done than those who don’t, as this guide explains.
Speed Reading Course – Take your speed reading to the next level with this time-saving course.
Clockify Time Tracking – A simple free web app for tracking time spent on different projects.
Cold Turkey – Free application that temporarily blocks out distracting websites (Windows)
Self Control – Free application to help you avoid distracting websites. (Mac)
Thesaurus – Best free thesaurus on the net! Gives you a visual word tree of synonyms you can use while writing.
Editing & Proofreading
ProWritingAid – Text editor with 1,001 functions. More robust than Grammarly & highly effective in Microsoft Word.
Grammarly – Free app for editing & proofreading on any website or in Microsoft Word. (Free Download)
Fiction Character Name Generators
Reedsy Name Generator – Versatile and probably the best of them all.
Fantasy Name Generators – There are lists and lists of names for fantasy and paranormal, and science fiction characters.
World Spinner – The thesaurus of name generation.
Writer’s Character Name – More feature-rich name generator than others.
Behind the Name – The perfect tool if you’ve come down with a case of writer’s block. You can choose “Generate Life Story,” and you will get a short character bio you can use to profile your new character.
Author Pen Name Generators
Pseudonym Generator randomly generates thousands of names for both male and female. You can click on the names you like the best and can copy before you leave.
Fake Name Generator randomly generates names using filters such as gender, name set, and country. It also creates a real address, occupation, phone number, and even a credit card number that can give you a personal supporting context.
Last Name Generator creates a pen name in seconds. It takes all your existing name and details about you such as your address, pets, nationality, etc. It can also give you pen names in a different niche.
Victorian Pen Name Generator randomly gives you ten Victorian names. Just click on the buttons to generate names, you can choose from a male or female names.
Edgy Name Generator creates a name of your own. You can choose what type of screen name you want, and the gender of your name.
The Legit Pen Name Generator creates pen name from the basic question it asks. Just answer all the question, and it will give you a name.
Writer’s Block Tools & Resources
Portent: Content idea generator is another great app for writer’s block.
Google Trends: A new way of displaying trending searches.
Buzzsumo: Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor.
Hubspot Blog Topic Generator: Get suggestions on what blog posts to write.
Swayy: Discover the most engaging content. Free for 1 dashboard user.
Ruzzit: Find the most shared content on the web.
Medium: Everyone’s stories and ideas.
ZenPen: The minimal writing tool of web.
Liberio: Simple eBook creation and publishing right from Google Drive.
Editorial Calendar: See all your posts, drag & drop to manage your blog.
Story Wars: Writing stories together.
WP Hide Post: Control the visibility of items on your blog.
Social Locker: Ask visitors “to pay” for your content with a tweet, etc.
Egg Timer: Set a time and bookmark it for repeated use.
BlankPage: Writing made simple.
Known: A single site for the content you create.
Dbook: Structured and collaborative writing for large documents.
CoSchedule: Blog post headline analyzer.
A5.gg: When you return your text will still be here.
Free Summarizer: Summarize any text online in just a few seconds.
Music Apps to Improve Focus
Noisli: Background noise & color generator.
Noizio: Ambient sound equalizer for relax or productivity.
Defonic: Combine the sounds of the world into a melody.
Designers.mx: Curated playlists by designers, for designers.
Coffitivity: Stream the sounds of a coffee shop at work.
Octave: A free library of UI sounds, handmade for iOS.
Free Sound: Huge database of free audio snippets, samples, + recordings.
Sonics: Free packs of UI sounds and sound effects delivered to your inbox every month.
Deep Focus: Spotify’s famous playlist to focus.
Focus@Will – A personal favorite, Focus@Will uses the science of bionic beats to improve writing efficiency and word output.
Book Formatting Resources
Paperback & Hardcover Design
ePub Formatters & Conversion Tools
Calibre ePub Formatting (Free Download)
Copyscape & Plagiarism Checkers
Book Cover Design Resources
Fonts & Typography
MyFonts – Licence font package or have personalized custom fonts created for you.
Envato Fonts – Biggest font marketplace on the net. If you haven’t been able to find the font you’re looking for, it will be here!
TypeGenius: Find the perfect font combo for your next project.
Font Squirrel: 100% free commercial fonts.
Google Fonts: Free, open-source fonts optimized for the web.
DaFont: Archive of freely downloadable fonts.
1001 Free Fonts: A huge selection of free fonts.
FontPark: The web’s largest archive of free fonts.
GIMP – Free photoshop-esque graphic design software and my personal go-to for cover creation.
Canva – A favorite among writers to create more than just book covers.
Envato Graphics – If you’re looking for a specific graphic then you’ll find it here, or you can have someone make it for you.
Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom – The standard of excellence when it comes to professional graphic design.
DIY Book Design – 3D book mockups design & generator.
Book In Motion – 3D book mockups design & generator.
BookBrush – 3D book mockups design & generator.
Adazing – 3D book mockups design & generator.
Strock Photos, Illustrations, Vectors
Stock Up: Best free stock photo websites in one place.
Pexels: Best free photos in one place.
All The Free Stock: Free stock images, icons, and videos.
Unsplash: Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.
Splashbase: Search & discover free, hi res photos & videos.
Pixabay: Free high-quality images.
Picography: Free hi-resolution photos.
FreePik Vectors – Awesome source of high-quality vector graphics for book covers, icons and logo sets, etc.
Adobe Stock Images – Adobe has the largest collection of stock photos available anywhere.
Book Publishing Resources
Book Description & Blurb Resources
Independent Book Printers
Self-Publisher Friendly Book Retailers
Vanity Press Book Publishers
BookBaby – Self-Publishing, Book Printing & Distribution Company
Author House – Vanity press publisher with many different author services.
Xlibris – Vanity press publisher with many different author services.
NFT eBook Publishers
Author Platform Resources
Author Central – Take control of your books on Amazon with your Author Central account that lets you post editorial reviews, author bio, and other goodies.
Adobe Spark – The best Personal Brand Management Tools for authors serious about turning a pen name into an international brand.
Author & Reader Communities
Author Social Media Marketing
Social Media Image Resizer Tool – All of the different size requirements for social media platforms can be difficult to remember. That’s where Social Media Image Resizer comes in handy.
Social Analytics – Get all kinds of analytics on which social accounts are performing best.
Crowdfire Social Media Management – One of the best social media scheduling and content curation tools on the market.
Buffer – Buffer is a social media management tool the same as Crowdfire, only with less features and more user friendly.
Author Website Design & Hosts
WordPress.com – Create an author website for free, as long as you don’t mind having a WordPress subdomain.
Bluehost – Easily the most reliable and affordable web host to build your author website.
GoDaddy – Hosting, SSLs, email, and a variety of other web functions that all authors will need.
Author Website SEO & Optimization
Envato WordPress Plugins & Themes – If you’re searching for a particular look or feature for your author website, you’re guaranteed to find it in the Envato market.
Google Page Speed Insights – Speed tester and diagnostics that tells you how to improve the functionality of your author website.
Pingdom Website Diagnostics – Another speed tester and diagnostics that tells you how to improve the functionality of your author website.
SEO by Yoast – THE plugin when it comes to website SEO.
SEO Site Checkup – Gives extremely helpful and easy suggestions for increasing traffic to your website.
Open Site Explorer: A comprehensive tool for link analysis.
Quick Sprout: Complete analysis of your website.
Hubspot Marketing Grader: Grade your marketing.
SimilarWeb: Analyze website statistics for any domain.
Alexa Ranking: Analytical insights to analyze any site’s rank.
OpenLinkProfiler: The freshest backlinks, for free.
Nibbler: Test any website.
Browseo: How search engines see your website.
Broken Links: Find broken links, redirects & more.
Copyscape: Search for copies of your page on the web.
GTMetrics: Analyze your page’s speed performance.
Moz Local: Check your local listings on Google, Bing, and others.
XML Sitemaps: Sitemap generator that creates XML & HTML variants.
Shopify E-commerce Report: Get your free Ecommerce report.
W3C validator: Easy-to-use markup validation service.
Author Website Logo Generators
Logaster: Professional online logo maker & generator.
Hipster Logo Generator: It’s Hip, It’s Current, It’s Stylish, It’s Hipster.
Squarespace Free Logo: You can download free low-res version for free.
Book Marketing Resources
Multipurpose Book Marketing Resources
StoryOrigin – Powerful Author Platform & BookMarketing Tools
Publisher Rocker – Powerful Author Marketing Software and one of the best ways to get fresh keywords from Kindle books and AMS ads.
BookFunnel – Sales funnels, but, you know, for books.
ARC Survey, Form, Poll & Group Building Resources
Typeform: Free beautiful online survey & form builder.
Tally: Create polls in no time.
Free Survey Creator: Create a survey. Get user feedback for free.
Batch: The first-ever 100% free engagement platform for mobile apps.
Helprace: Customer service tool. Free for up to 3 agents for small support teams.
LibraryThing – Author & reader community that has a pretty amazing and free ARC group tool.
Free & Discounted Book Promotions
Bookbub – The standard in book marketing. No explanation needed here.
KDROI – Book Marketing & KDP Promo Book Submission Tool & browser extension. This is the quickest way to submit your book deals to over a dozen promo sites.
Kindle Book Submission Tool – Submit your next KDP book deal to these 27 Book Deal Sites using this handy tool.
Canned Emails: A minimal site with free prewritten emails ready for the taking.
Mailchimp – Free email marketing app up to 2,000 subscribers, but you need to pay for automation.
MailerLite – Comes with free email sequencing automation for up to 1,000 subscribers.
e-Releases – An affordable site for genre and industry-specific Press Releases & Publicity.
PR.com – Compose and distribute press releases for syndication or global newswire. Paid and free resources.
Online PR News – Paid and free press release distribution.
Bookreels – YouTube for Book Trailers
Book Advertising Resources
AMS Ads for Authors Course – Dave Chesson’s free video course explaining Amazon advertisements for books.
Amazon Marketing Services (AMS Ads) – This is the site where you’ll run ads for your books on Amazon.
Book Review Website Directories
Because there are hundreds of different websites which claim to post editorial book reviews, only the websites which include cumulative directories to these book review website directories wil be included in the list
The Indie Book Reviewers List – A comprehensive list of editorial book reviewers.
Book Blogger List – A Large Book Review Directory.
IndiesToday – List of Indie Book Reviewers.
BookSirens – Book Blogs That Do Free Book Reviews.
The Book Blogger List – Large list of free and paid book bloggers who do editorial reviews.
Reedsy Discovery – Reedsy’s Book Reviewer Directory of Paid Editorial Review Sites.
KDP Book Deal & Promotion Sites
Readers in the Know – List of 100+ Book Promotion Sites, Side-by-side Comparison Table, & Free Submission Tool
Author Marketing Club – Free Amazon Kindle Book Submission Tool
Self-Publishing Review – Free eBook Deal & Promotion Submission Tool.
Publisher’s Marketplace – Publishing industry news site and marketplace for submitting price drops on books.
KDP ROI – Book Promotion Auto-Submission App & Chrome Extension. Submits your book deal to dozens of promotional websites simultaneously.
Misc. Book Marketing Resources
Indie Bookstore Finder – Amazing tool to help authors locate independently owned bookstores in their area. Excellent tool for book tours, signings, and book launches.
Book Sales Reporting & Analytics Resources
More book sales & analytics author tools are available in the Apps & Browser Extensions section below.
Author Royalty Calculators
KDP Paperback Royalty Calculator – Find the best print size and type to get the most bang for your buch when it comes to paperbacks.
Kindle eBook Royalty Calculator – Find our how much you stand to make from your Kindle eBooks.
KENP to USD Calculator – This is a must-have-bookmarked page if you’re an author with books currently enrolled in KDP Select.
Kindle Sales Rank Calculator – Find out how much money any book on Amazon is making.
IngramSpark Print-on-Demand Royalty Calculator – Very handy tool for Ingram authors that helps determine which size and material to use for your paperback or hardcover book on Ingram.
And.Co – Bookkeeping, Time Management, etc.
Google Analytics – Definitely make sure you have Google Analytics set up on your author website.
Bit.ly – Great for tracking affiliate book sales for each link.
Professional Author & Publisher Organizations
Check your state, city, or county for additional local professional author & publisher organizations.
Misc. Author Services & Resources
Fiverr – General Freelance Services. Great marketplace for any type of work you need done. I strongly recommend only purchasing the highest rated gigs.
Reedsy Marketplace – Hire a publishing industry-specific freelancer on Reedsy’s P2P marketplace.
OneDrive – Comes with 1TB storage when you subscribe to Microsoft 365, OneDrive is perfect for creating automatic backups of every draft you create and never worry about losing digital files if you accidentally spill coffee on your laptop. I would personally be lost without it.
Google Drive – 15GB free storage on a free account and access to all of the Google Workspace apps.
Dropbox – Comes with up to 2GB free storage..
QR Code Generators
QR Code Generator – Instantly create beautiful and free QR codes that can go into paperback books, on bookmarks, wherever.
Cascadia Author Service – Legal Disclaimer Examples for Fiction and non-fiction Books
RocketLawyer – For authors who want guided assistance with the copyright filing process.
U.S. Copyright Office – For U.S. Authors to file copyrights for their books. (Est. Filing Time: 3-4 Months)
UK Intellectual Property Office – For U.K. Authors to file a book copyright. (Est. Filing Time: 12-18 Months)
Apps & Browser Extensions
See my review of the best free book marketing tools for apps & browser extensions here.
KDP Champ – Book sales & analytics, simplified. I absolutely love KDP Champ’s new widget.
KDP Productor – International book sales per country.
AMZ Keyword Suggestion Expander – Amazon book keyword research done fast.
KDP SEO Bots – An excellent book research and metadata multi-tool.
Bookching – Another fantastic multi-tool for KDP.
Bulk Book Uploader – Quickly upload multiple books to KDP simultaneously.
AUTHOR TOOLS COMING SOON:
We’re putting the final touches on the following lists to include among our cache of free author tools and resources. Come back soon, or subscribe and be the first to know when we add these resources.
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About The 2022 Author Tools, Author Resources, & Author Services List
“Ahh, finally I can breathe!” said my browser’s Bookmarks Bar with a sigh of relief shortly after I published this list.
Quality of Author Services Included in List
All of the links to author resources that appear on this list were accumulated and recorded over the span of 10 years and publishing over 100 books. All author resources on this list have passed a quality test involved in each service being used in the publishing of one or more books.
Research of Author Services Included in List
For each type of service, extensive research was carried (5 Google pages deep, I’d call that extensive enough) out to ensure that no objectively higher-quality author resources exist. Multiple links are occasionally provided for the same type of author resources when the resulting quality of the services provided could be considered subjective.
Paid vs Free Author Tools, Author Resources, & Author Services
Preference is given to all free author resources first, which are listed at the top of each category. When no quality free author resources were available, paid services are also included at the bottom of each category.
Free author tools and resources are always prioritized over paid author services in this list.
How to Find the Author Resources You Need
To find the specific author resources you’re looking for, click on the corresponding category in the Table of Contents, then click Find in Page on your browser and start typing the service you’re looking for (Control + F on PC; Command-F on a Mac). Sub-categories are coming soon.