Software for the Indie Publisher

Software for the Indie Publisher

You want to become an Indie published author. You’ve written a book, or you’re just dipping your toes into the water. Whatever your reason for clicking on this blog, I’m glad you’re here.

When I began my publishing journey, I researched every aspect of publishing, both traditional as well as indie. I bought books and checked out author’s websites to glean any information I could. I still do this. I want to know what’s going on in the publishing world so that I can adjust my writing and book publishing to fit in.

This month we’re going to go into detail about three programs I believe all Indie authors should consider purchasing.

Why do I need to purchase anything?

Publishing can be an expensive world. I paid about $500 for my first book’s cover design and formatting. I absolutely love the way it all turned out, but being a businesswoman, I want to be able to save as much money in the creating of a product so that my profit is higher when I sell books. The three programs I’m going to discuss are a combined price of $300, and I can use them over and over again, so in time they pay for themselves. That being said, if you can afford to have it done by someone else, and that’s what you want . . . go for it. There’s no right or wrong way of doing something as long as it works for you, and you’re happy with the end product.

The three programs I’m going to introduce you to are: Scrivener, Vellum 2.0, and Gimp.

Scrivener is writing software that I absolutely love. It’s like having a huge project notebook on your computer. Vellum 2.0 makes formatting your book a piece of cake, and Gimp help me edit and manipulate photos that I want to use for advertising and my book covers. These are not the only programs available, but they’re the ones that I have found myself using and loving, so I want to share that with you.

Come back next week, and we’ll go into depth with Scrivener.