67 Top Tools for Writers and Bloggers in 2018

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ~ Abraham Lincoln.

It's often been said, you're only as good as your tools. And even though a keen mind and an even keener pen (or computer these days) are still the main tools of a writer or blogger in 2018, there are others out there.

Which is the problem. How do you know which to use?

If you tried them all, you'd never write or publish a thing. And if you ignored them all, well, that's not a smart move either. The serious writer or blogger of today needs to know where the advantages are, what the competition is using.

And there's no point in sharpening an axe if it's a bandsaw you need.

Which is why we here at Write to Done have put together this resource for the serious writer or blogger. To lead you safely through the minefield of tools out there.

The Write To Done team have included all their favorites, many of which they use on a daily basis. The list is not exhaustive, we'll add to it as we go.

If you have a favorite tool not listed here, add it in the comments and if we can, we'll get hold of it and give it a test run. If it measures up, we'll add it to the next update.

In the meantime help your fellow writers and bloggers and share this resource around.

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WRITING TOOLS

scrivener

Features

Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft.

Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context.

Scrivener won't tell you how to write—it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.

Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won't tell you how to write—it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.

Review

Scrivener is one of my key tools as a writer.
You can use it for fiction as well as for non-fiction. I’m using the novel template to keep myself on track.

In fact, I learned to use it in just a few days with the easy course Write Faster with Scrivener (see below)

Here's a post I made showing how I personally use Scrivener to not only to write faster, but also to write better: How To Write Faster With Scrivener

A key tool I use is the amazing writing software Scrivener.

You can use it for fiction as well as for non-fiction. I’m using the novel template to keep myself on track.

In fact, I learned to use it in just a few days with the easy course Write Faster with Scrivener.

Watch the following video by Mary Jaksch from her post How to Write Faster with Scrivener. (Her post has definitely sped up my writing…)

PAID

At only $45 Scrivener really is a steal. If you are serious about writing, I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Corkboard
    Corkboard
    Outliner
    Scrivenings
    Text Editing
    Tools for Writing Non-Fiction
    Scriptwriting
    Draft the next blockbuster
    Statistics and Targets
    Snapshots
    Full Screen—Evolved
    Integration between the corkboard, outliner and editor
    Collections
    Name generator
    Automatic backups

  • Outliner
  • Scrivenings
  • Text Editings
  • Tools for Non-Fiction
  • Scriptwriting
  • Statistics and Targets
  • Snapshots
    Corkboard
    Outliner
    Scrivenings
    Text Editing
    Tools for Writing Non-Fiction
    Scriptwriting
    Draft the next blockbuster
    Statistics and Targets
    Snapshots
    Full Screen—Evolved
    Integration between the corkboard, outliner and editor
    Collections
    Name generator
    Automatic backups

  • Full Screen - Evolved
  • Integration between Corkboard, Outliner and Editor
  • Name Generator
  • Automatic Backups
Resources for writers

Features


How you can get Scrivener to do exactly what you want and accelerate your writing career in less than 1 week

Finally...get the secret weapon every successful writer uses to publish their books, finish their novels, and have their work seen by hundreds...even millions of people...every single day


How you can get Scrivener to do exactly what you want and accelerate your writing career in less than 1 week

Finally...get the secret weapon every successful writer uses to publish their books, finish their novels, and have their work seen by hundreds...even millions of people...every single day

Review

This is one of the most useful courses I’ve taken as a writer. I learned how to get started with Scrivener and then learned more advanced tips to get the most of the software. I highly recommend this course!

This is one of the most useful courses I’ve taken as a writer. I learned how to get started with Scrivener and then learned more advanced tips to get the most of the software. I highly recommend this course!

PAID

Student: $127

Rockstar: $197

Ninja: $297

  • 30 HD Writing Backgrounds
    30 HD Writing Backgrounds
  • Top 75 Tools & Resources For Ultimate Productivity & Creativity
    Top 75 Tools & Resources For Ultimate Productivity & Creativity
  •  Ninja Tips & Tricks
     Ninja Tips & Tricks
  • 8 Scrivener Power Templates

Features

Evernote is like having a second brain. You can capture, organize, and share notes from anywhere. Your best ideas are always with you and always in sync.


How you can get Scrivener to do exactly what you want and accelerate your writing career in less than 1 week

Finally...get the secret weapon every successful writer uses to publish their books, finish their novels, and have their work seen by hundreds...even millions of people...every single day

Review

Many writers swear by Evernote. It's a top tool for every writer, researcher, or blogger. 

This is one of the most useful courses I’ve taken as a writer. I learned how to get started with Scrivener and then learned more advanced tips to get the most of the software. I highly recommend this course!

FREE

Evernote is free!


HEADLINE & TOPIC SUGGESTION TOOLS

What's the point in writing your blog post, sales page or book if no one reads it?  Writing eye-catching headlines, offers and book titles is part art, part science. All of the tools below will help you with both.

Features

It won’t tell you if your headline is creatively genius, but it will give you an idea if it’s along the right lines.


https://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer (free with sign up)
One of the best free tools out there to check whether your headline is likely to get clicked. It won’t tell you if your headline is creatively genius, but it will give you an idea if it’s along the right lines.

Review

One of the best free tools out there to check whether your headline is likely to get clicked.

FREE with sign up

Online tool

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

This headline analyzer is really useful if you are trying to target a particular audience with your headline (which, of course, you should be) - it tries to analyze what type of person - intellectual/spiritual etc - your headline will appeal to.

Review

Used in conjunction with coshcedule analyzer it can really help craft better headlines.

FREE

Online tool

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

Ok, I'm not suggesting you go out and create linkbait articles 🙂 Use this simple, fun tool to generate ideas you might not have thought about and then craft your own compelling versions.

Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

Despite it name, this handy little tool can actually come up with some good building blocks.

FREE

Online tool

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

This tool is excellent if you just want to create a list of ideas you can spark off. And sometimes it will come up with exactly what you are looking for.

Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

Use this simple tool to generate ideas you might not have thought about and then craft your own compelling versions.

FREE

Online tool

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

A fun idea generator that might just come up with that oddball suggestion that you need.

Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

Just pop your keywords(s) in. Couldn't be simpler.

FREE

Online tool

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

The definitive list of headline 'formula' from one of the greatest headline writers of today - Jon Morrow.


Review

You need to sign up for this resource, but it’s worth it. Jon is simply one of the most gifted headline creators around and this resource gives you simple templates that work time and time again. Invaluable!

FREE with sign up

Online tool

RESEARCH TOOLS

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features


This tool will help you spot many readability issues you might otherwise miss. You don’t have to go with its suggestions, but it’s handy to be aware of them.

This tool will help you spot many readability issues you might otherwise miss. You don’t have to go with it’s suggestions, but it’s handy to be aware of them.
Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

Just paste in the passage you want analyzed and away you go

FREE

Online tool

Lorum Ipsum generator

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

If you need some block text to see how an article will look or to build a new web page this tool will not only generate lorum ipsum block text for you, but also tells you all about the history. Fascinating!

If you need some block text to see how an article will look or to build a new web page this tool will not only generate lorum ipsum block text for you, but also tells you all about the history. Fascinating!
This tool will help you spot many readability issues you might otherwise miss. You don’t have to go with it’s suggestions, but it’s handy to be aware of them.
Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

I've actually used this tool numerous times when building web pages and sorting out the layout of a book.

FREE

Online tool

Lorum Ipsum generator

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

We all need a Thesaurus from time to time and this one is pretty good.

If you need some block text to see how an article will look or to build a new web page this tool will not only generate lorum ipsum block text for you, but also tells you all about the history. Fascinating!
This tool will help you spot many readability issues you might otherwise miss. You don’t have to go with it’s suggestions, but it’s handy to be aware of them.
Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

Simple to use and pretty comprehensive -and it's free!

FREE

Online tool

GRAMMAR & PROOFREADING TOOLS

Small SEO Tools Grammar Checker
Lorum Ipsum generator

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

This is quite a simple online grammar checker but if you just want the bare bones, it might do nicely.

This is quite a simple online grammar checker, but if you want just the bare bones, it might just do nicely.
If you need some block text to see how an article will look or to build a new web page this tool will not only generate lorum ipsum block text for you, but also tells you all about the history. Fascinating!
This tool will help you spot many readability issues you might otherwise miss. You don’t have to go with it’s suggestions, but it’s handy to be aware of them.
Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

Again, just paste in your selection and away you go.

FREE

Online tool

grammarly
Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Review

Grammarly has established itself as the leading grammar tool. 

There's a basic free version or the pro version that will not only make suggestions about spelling and grammar, but style and a whole lot more.


Grammarly has established itself as the leading grammar tool. There’s a basic free version or the pro version that will not only make suggestions about spelling and grammar, but style and much more.

Review

If you're in the market for an all in one tool that will save you the labor (and stress) of manually checking your writing,  then Grammarly is probably the tool for you.

FREE and PAID versions ($11.66/month)

There's a free online version, a browser extension or you can buy the paid version

  • Critical grammar and spelling checks (free version)
  • Advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure (paid version)
  • Vocabulary enhancement suggestions (paid version)
  • Genre-specific writing style checks
  • Plagiarism detector that checks more than 8 billion web pages

Features

I’m always recommending Hemmingway’s rules for more powerful writing. Now you can test your work  against his rules for simple, clear writing with this handy app for PC or MAC.

Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won't tell you how to write—it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.

Review

You'll probably love or hate it 🙂

Paid

$19.99 for desktop app.

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

Plagiarism affects many writers on the web, most of whom aren't even aware of it.
This simple tool is a good start to combating the problem.

This tool will help you spot many readability issues you might otherwise miss. You don’t have to go with it’s suggestions, but it’s handy to be aware of them.
Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

Paste the text in to the box and you're good to go.

FREE

Online tool


http://www.copyscape.com/signup.php (5c a copy?)
http://www.copyscape.com/copysentry.php
Standard: Your pages are checked every week.
$4.95/month for up to 10 pages.
$0.25/month per additional page.
Professional: Your pages are checked every day.
$19.95/month for up to 10 pages.
$1.00/month per additional page.
monitors your website content for plagarism on web

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

Another plagiarism checker, copyscape is perhaps the best known. Not only will it check two articles side by side for differences, it will also check the web.

There’s a free version or a paid version and they even have a version that will check for plagiarism  of your work round the clock! Well worth it if you value your writing.

This tool will help you spot many readability issues you might otherwise miss. You don’t have to go with it’s suggestions, but it’s handy to be aware of them.
Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

All versions are easy to use and are invaluable in checking if an article is unique.

FREE and PAID

The only confusing thing about these products is the different versions and pricing.

Copyscape Sentry:
Standard: Pages checked every week
$4.95/month for up to 10 pages.
$0.25/month per additional page.
Professional: Pages checked every day
$19.95/month for up to 10 pages.
$1.00/month per additional page.

http://www.copyscape.com/signup.php (5c a copy?)
http://www.copyscape.com/copysentry.php
Standard: Your pages are checked every week.
$4.95/month for up to 10 pages.
$0.25/month per additional page.
Professional: Your pages are checked every day.
$19.95/month for up to 10 pages.
$1.00/month per additional page.
monitors your website content for plagarism on web

  • Continuous protection of all your important content:Scan the entire web daily or weekly for copies of some or all of your pages.
    Continuous protection of all your important content:Scan the entire web daily or weekly for copies of some or all of your pages.
    Corkboard
    Outliner
    Scrivenings
    Text Editing
    Tools for Writing Non-Fiction
    Scriptwriting
    Draft the next blockbuster
    Statistics and Targets
    Snapshots
    Full Screen—Evolved
    Integration between the corkboard, outliner and editor
    Collections
    Name generator
    Automatic backups

  • See all the results, organized for your needs:Be alerted to all new copies, not just a few. Browse previous results online.
    See all the results, organized for your needs:Be alerted to all new copies, not just a few. Browse previous results online.
  • Powerful technology tracks down stolen content:Find copies even if they have been modified from the original.
    Powerful technology tracks down stolen content:Find copies even if they have been modified from the original.
  • Manage cases of plagiarism with ease:Keep track of multiple cases of plagiarism and your responses to them.
    Manage cases of plagiarism with ease:Keep track of multiple cases of plagiarism and your responses to them.
  • Personalized results, targeted for your requirements:Set the number of copied words required for a match. Choose sites to ignore.
    Personalized results, targeted for your requirements:Set the number of copied words required for a match. Choose sites to ignore.

BRAINSTORMING & OUTLINING TOOLS

mindmeister

Features

Mind maps are essential tools for brainstorming blog articles or creating outlines for books. There are several out there, most of which have free and paid versions. Mindmeister is one of the best.

Mind maps are essential tools for brainstorming blog articles or creating outllines for books. There are several out there, most of which have free and paid versions.

Reviews

The advantage of Mindmeister is that you can invite others (even if they do not have a Mindmeister account) to collaborate on your maps and you can hold meetings in real time where the team can work on the map together.

I use Mindmeister all the time. My maps are repositories of ideas, projects, and information. I gather all my ideas (and also the ideas of team members) and also upload files to relevant maps.

Best of all, I enjoy using Mindmeister maps collaboratively. A mindmap is a great basis for a meeting because it heightens creativity and enables each team member to actively participate in creating the respective mind map.

The advantage of Mindmeister is that you can invite others (even if they do not have a Mindmeister acount) to collaborate on your maps and you can hold meetings in real time where the team can work on the map together.

I use Mindmeister all the time. My maps are repositories of ideas, projects, and information. I gather all my ideas (and also the ideas of team members) and also upload files to relevant maps.

Best of all, I enjoy using Mindmeister maps collaboratively. A mindmap is a great basis for a meeting because it heightens creativity and enables each team member to actively participate in creating the respective mind map.

PAID

The Personal version is $4.99/month. The Professional version $8.49/month.


  • Unlimited mind maps
  • Attach files and images
  • Export to image and PDF
  • Printing
  • Priority support
  • Pro version includes many other features
coggle

Features

Coggle is another mind mapping tool. It has a simple interface that hides a wealth of options.

Mind maps are essential tools for brainstorming blog articles or creating outllines for books. There are several out there, most of which have free and paid versions.

Reviews

The advantage of using Coggle is that it has a free version. But all the mindmaps you create will be public. If you want want to create private mindmaps, you’ll need to choose the paid version

The advantage of using Coggle is that it has a free version. But all the mindmaps you create will be public. If you want want to create private mindmaps, you’ll need to choose the paid version
The advantage of Mindmeister is that you can invite others (even if they do not have a Mindmeister acount) to collaborate on your maps and you can hold meetings in real time where the team can work on the map together.

I use Mindmeister all the time. My maps are repositories of ideas, projects, and information. I gather all my ideas (and also the ideas of team members) and also upload files to relevant maps.

Best of all, I enjoy using Mindmeister maps collaboratively. A mindmap is a great basis for a meeting because it heightens creativity and enables each team member to actively participate in creating the respective mind map.

FREE or PAID

Paid version is $5/month

SEO TOOLS

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

Google Trends is an offshoot of Google Search. It shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Review

This can be really useful to find out what the latest 'hot' topic is. Or to find out if your topic is actually becoming less popular.

FREE with Google account

Online tool

Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

Features

Adwords is simply the ultimate go to tool for research on keywords. You need a google account but if you have gmail or a YouTube account, then you’re good to go!

Review

Finding keyword suggestions as well as volume and other data is fairly straightforward.

FREE with Google account

Online tool

  • Get keyword suggestions
  • Find out monthly search volumes for keywords
  • Find out competition for keywords
  • Set up campaigns
longtail pro

Features

Use Longtail Pro’s step-by-step system to discover thousands of profitable, targeted keywords and calculate Keyword Competitiveness for almost any niche.

Use Long Tail Pro’s step-by-step system to discover thousands of profitable, targeted keywords and calculate Keyword Competitiveness for almost any niche.

Reviews

LongtailPro is a great way to find good keywords to get to the top of Google’s search pages. They’ve recently redesigned it and it works really well. I wasn’t always a great fan of Long Tail Pro but it’s now matured into a very useful tool. And it’s much better than any of the free tools I’ve come across! I suggest getting the free 7 day trial to test it.

LongtailPro is a great way to find good keywords to get to the top of Google’s search pages. They’ve recently redesigned it and it works really well. I wasn’t always a great fan of Long Tail Pro but it’s now matured into a very useful tool. And it’s much better than any of the free tools I’ve come across! I suggest getting the free 7 day trial to test it.

FREE trial then PAID

Free trial then:
Starter Plan $25/month

Pro plan : $45/month

  • Score Keyword Competitiveness
  • Custom Difficulty Targets
  • Determine Metrics
  • Calculate Keyword Profitablilty

Features

Love it or hate it, SEO is essential if you want to rank your article or site. And Google Webmasters Tools is essential for anyone who is serious about SEO.

Reviews

Google's webmaster tools aren't for the fainthearted. There is a scary amount of data and options, none of which is particularly intuitive. However, they have a lot of useful articles and videos on how to get started.

FREE with Google account

Most people already have a Google account -gmail or YouTube for instance.

semrush

Features

Get insights into your competitors’ strategies in display advertising, organic and paid search, and link building.

Get insights into your competitors’ strategies in display advertising, organic and paid search, and link building.

Reviews

SemRush is pretty much the industry standard for many serious bloggers.

FREE Trial then PAID

Free 7 day trial then:

Pro: $99

Guru $199

  • See competitors’ best keywords
    See competitors’ best keywords
  • Discover new organic competitors
  • Observe position changes of domains

Features

I've mentioned a couple of their online tools before. If you want your blog to rank in your niche, you need to know your competition. Small seo tools supply  a few tools for free, all of them useful and easy to use.

If you want your blog to rank in your niche, you need to know your competition. Small seo tools supply  a few tools for free, all of them useful and easy to use.

Reviews

These tools are not as fully featured as some of the paid tools, but they'll get you started.

FREE

Most of these tools you can use online without an account.

SOCIAL SHARING TOOLS

Features

If you want people to share your article or new book then give them all the help you can. This cool tool creates shareable links to twitter/faceboook/google + and pinterest that you can send out in your emails.  

If you want people to share your article or new book then give them all the help you can. This cool tool creates shareable links to twitter/faceboook/google + and pinterest that you can send out in your emails.
 

Reviews

I use this all the time to make it a no-brainer share my articles. It's one of the most useful free tools out there.

Free

Online tool

Features

The easiest way to promote, share & track
your content on Twitter.

The easiest way to promote, share & track
your content on Twitter (and it's free)
If you want people to share your article or new book then give them all the help you can. This cool tool creates shareable links to twitter/faceboook/google + and pinterest that you can send out in your emails.
 

Reviews

I use this all the time to create click to tweet text and images like this one .

https://goodlifezen.com/dream-of-a-new-start/

Free

Online tool

buzzsumo

Features

If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also tell you who shared those items.

If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

Reviews

With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it!
Some of the most successful (and high earning) bloggers use Buzzsumo. Indeed, at the moment, I don't know of any alternative that does the job. Pure gold!

Price

All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!

All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!
Social Warfare

Features

A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.



A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.


If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

Reviews

I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

FREE Trial then PAID

$29/yr (free trial)

$29/yr (free trial)
All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!
hootsuite

Features

Hootsuite is a social media management platform. It supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and many more.

Hootsuite is a social media management platform, created by Ryan Holmes in 2008. The system's user interface takes the form of a dashboard, and supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and many more.
A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.


If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

Reviews

My editor, Laura, has used this fro many years and rates it highly.

I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

FREE Trial then PAID

$16/month (free trial)

$29/yr (free trial)
All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!
social oomph

Features

To make the most out of Twitter, you need to have some of the best tools in your arsenal. One thing that could skyrocket your Twitter marketing efforts is the use of an automation tool. 


A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.


If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

Reviews

Social Oomph is a really useful social media tool. You can schedule Twitter and Facebook. 

I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

FREE Trial then PAID

$29/yr (free trial)

$29/yr (free trial)
All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!
Buffer

Features

Buffer is a simpler and easier way to schedule posts, track the performance of your content, and manage all your accounts in one place.



Buffer is a simpler and easier way to schedule posts, track the performance of your content, and manage all your accounts in one place
A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.


If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

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Buffer automates your social media posting, saving you a load of time and work.
And there's a free, if limited  account.

I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

FREE and PAID

Free account available

$10 for 'Awesome'

$99 for 'Small'

$29/yr (free trial)
All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!

BOOK MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

The book publishing industry has gone through a revolution in the last decade with the advent of self-publishing. Whether you want to self-publish or not, there's an almost limitless choice for readers out there today.
If you want your book to stand out, you need smart tools to do the job faster and better. Below are some of the best tools in the industry to help you do just that.

resources for writers

Features

Reverse Engineer The 'Best-Selling' Categories With A Single Click
Browse any category in the Amazon Kindle marketplace and in the background, KDSPY will 'automatically' reverse engineer the best sellers. When you want more information about a Kindle category, just click on KDSPY and in mere seconds, you'll know the landscape of that category and the potential profit you could make here, along with a breakdown of each individual books performance.

Reverse Engineer The 'Best-Selling' Categories With A Single Click
Browse any category in the Amazon Kindle marketplace and in the background, KDSPY will 'automatically' reverse engineer the best sellers. When you want more information about a Kindle category, just click on KDSPY and in mere seconds, you'll know the landscape of that category and the potential profit you could make here, along with a breakdown of each individual books performance.

The Fastest, Most Accurate Way To Identify 'Bestselling Kindle Niches’. This software
‘reverse engineers’ Kindle categories In seconds to find your next ‘bestselling' book idea.

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Along with Kindle Rocket below, probably 'the fastest, most accurate way to identify 'Bestselling Kindle Niches’. '
This software
‘reverse engineers’ Kindle categories In seconds to find your next ‘bestselling' book idea.

PAID

$47 one off payment with lifetime updates

  • Reverse Engineer The 'Best-Selling' Categories With A Single Click
    Reverse Engineer The 'Best-Selling' Categories With A Single Click
  • Another Click Tells You 'Exactly' What Your Next Book Topic Should Be
    Another Click Tells You 'Exactly' What Your Next Book Topic Should Be
  • Analyse "Niche Potential" With The Kindle Search Results Analysis Feature
    Analyse "Niche Potential" With The Kindle Search Results Analysis Feature
kindle rocket

Features

Not sure what to write about? Don’t worry, KDP Rocket will help you find profitable book ideas with a pre-existing hungry market ready to buy your book.

Not sure what to write about? Don’t worry, KDP Rocket will help you find profitable book ideas with a pre-existing hungry market ready to buy your book.

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I’ve recently bought this program and am totally blown away by it! It’s quite simply a must-buy if you are serious about writing, publishing, and promoting a book! You won’t believe how much information this program spits out!
KDP Rocket is a simple to use software that works on both Mac and PC and helps authors validate their book ideas, find profitable niches and keywords, and research the book market.

I’ve recently bought this program and am totally blown away by it! It’s quite simply a must-buy if you are serious about writing, publishing, and promoting a book! You won’t believe how much information this program spits out!

KDP Rocket is a simple to use software that works on both Mac and PC and helps authors validate their book ideas, find profitable niches and keywords, and research the book market. (Aff link being approved)

Price

$79

  • Shoes How much money other books are making in that niche.
    How much money other books are making in that niche

  • How many Searches Per Month on Amazon are being made for your book idea
    How many Searches Per Month on Amazon are being made for your book idea
  • How many books are competing for that term
    How many books are competing for that term

Features

Amazon Ads service is something Amazon self-published authors just can't ignore. 
Not only does it let you get your book in front of more potenital readers, if used right it can dramatically improve your sales.

Reviews

The course is very straightforward and broken up into easy to digest modules.
If you've never tried amazon Ads before or if you've tried  and couldn't get it to work for you, this is an excellent FREE course.

FREE

Delivered to your inbox.

WRITING COURSES

All the research in the world, even with the great tools listed above, wont help unless you've mastered the art of writing. Below are son great writing courses designed to turbocharge your writing.

The MASTERCLASS SERIES for Writers

These four courses are all taught by experts. They are particularly valuable for those of us who want to learn to write for the screen, or TV or to learn dramatic writing.
They’re beautifully produced with multiple videos with lifetime access. Click on any of these links to check them out (play the videos to get some hot tips straight away.

The MASTERCLASS SERIES for Writers
These three courses are a great selection of courses by experts. They are particularly valueable for those of us who want to learn to write for the screen, or TV or to learn dramatic writing.
They’re beautifully produced with multiple videos with lifetime access. Click on any of these links to check them out (play the videos to get some hot tips straight away

James Patterson

Features

This is a great course where James reveals a lot of his secrets for becoming a blockbuster author.

This is a great course where James reveals a lot of his secrets for becoming a blockbuster author.

Reviews

Difficult to criticize the advice of a 19 times New York No.1 Best Selling author 🙂

PAID

$90

  • 22 video lessons and exercises
  • 100% exclusive content
  • Lifetime access
  • Group feedback
David Marnett
Dramatic Writing a Masterclass by David Marnet

Features

This is an amazing chance to learn from a Pulitzer prize winner, the creator of Glengarry Glen Ross and American Buffalo.

This is a great course where James reveals a lot of his secrets for becoming a blockbuster author.

Reviews

It would be hard to imagine anyone more qualified to teach dramatic writing than David Mamet

PAID

$90

  • 26 lessons
  • 100% exclusive content
  • Lifetime access
  • Group feedback
Shonda Rhimes
Writing for TV a Masterclass by Shonda Rhimes $

Features

Learn how to write for television from the creator of Grey's Anatomy.

This is a great course where James reveals a lot of his secrets for becoming a blockbuster author.

Reviews

Shaonda has written some of televisions biggest hit shows, so there's no doubting her expertise.

PAID

$90

  • 6+ hours
  • 100% exclusive content
  • Lifetime access
  • Group feedback
Aaron Sorkin
Writing for TV a Masterclass by Shonda Rhimes $

Features

It's difficult to believe that there's anything about writing screenplays that Aaaron doesn't know and can't teach.

This is a great course where James reveals a lot of his secrets for becoming a blockbuster author.

Reviews

It's difficult to believe that there's anything about writing screenplays that Aaaron doesn't know and can't teach.

PAID

$90

  • 35 video lessons
  • 100% exclusive content
  • Lifetime access
  • Group feedback

WEBSITE TOOLS

Features

Have you ever visited a site and found you couldn’t access it? Maybe it was your own site! Just pop the URL into the search box and this tool will tell you if the site is actually down for everyone, or if it’s your end that’s got the problem.

Have you ever visited a site and found you couldn’t access it? Maybe it was your own site! Just pop the URL into the search box and this tool will tell you if the site is actually down for everyone, or if it’s your end that’s got the problem.
TIP: If you find it’s only your end, it’s often a browser cache issue. Try clearing your cache. If that doesn’t work, try shutting everything down and then starting it uo again.

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TIP: If you find it’s only your end, it’s often a browser cache issue. Try clearing your cache. If that doesn’t work, try shutting everything down and then starting it uo again.

FREE

Online tool

DOMAIN NAMES

namecheap

Features

Cheap domain names.

Reviews

The name says it all 🙂

They also do cheap hosting and other related services.

FREE to search

It's obviously free to search for the availability of a particular name but then you'll have to pay for that domain.
Domains start at $0.48/year, but you'll probably have to pay a little more for something desirable.

crazy domains

Features

Another good cheap domain name source.

Reviews

In addition to NameCheap, I also use CrazyDomains, especially if I want a domain name that isn’t the usual .com, .net, etc. For example, I recently bought the domain writetodone.university for the courses we are producing.

In addition to NameCheap, I also use CrazyDomains, especially if I want a domain name that isn’t the usual .com, .net, etc. For example, I recently bought the domain writetodone.university for the courses we are producing.

Free to search

.coms from around $2/year. Again you may have to pay more for something useable.

HOSTING

sitegroound

Features

This is an excellent hosting provider, especially if you want to create a bigger site,

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You get 1-click WordPress installs and free transfer.

Paid

From $3.95 per month

  • One-click WordPress Installer
  • Free Transfer

Features

This is a good hosting company for small to medium size websites

Reviews

I've used this hosting company for many different websites and I like their ease of use. An important tip is to get the free domain AND the hosting together.

Price

From $3.95 per month

  • Free Domain with hosting
  • 1-click WordPress installer
  • 24/7 Support
hostgator

Features

My editor, Laura, recommended Hostgator as a great hosting company if your just starting out.

Reviews

Hostgator are affordable and have great customer service. Since Laura used them they have been taken over but still definitely worth a look if

PAID

From $2.78 per month for their 'hatchling' plan, $3.98 for their 'baby' plan and $5.98 a month for their 'business' plan.

  • Free Domain with hosting
  • 1-click WordPress installer
  • 24/7 Support

WORDPRESS THEMES & EDITORS

Thrive Themes

Features

Thrive Themes is state-of-the-art bundle of WordPress themes and plugins which are all focused on Conversion. Of especial interest is Thrive Architect, a page builder which allows you to design a page or blog post in many different ways. For example, this page is built with Thrive Architect.