I started writing when I was around eight years old and over fifty years later I’m still at it, but with a slight difference. In 1963 my one and only writing aids were a Bic pen and a big pad of lined paper. I don’t even think tippex had been invented in those days. Now though, it’s a whole new ball game and the world is awash with writing aids for the Indie Author. So, without further ado here’s my list of Software that I wouldn’t swap for a gold-plated Bic pen.
- Microsoft Word. I’ve used word since before Windows was even a gleam in Bill Gate’s eye. It has to be said there are annoying features, as in all software, but it’s a good solid platform to use to hammer out your best seller. It’s a pity that Microsoft haven’t seen fit to shoe-horn in something to allow you to export your work to a mobi, pdf, epub or any other eBook format. But, that’s easily remedied with No. 2 in my list.
- Atlantis Word Processor. I don’t use Atlantis to write with, rather I use it to format my work and then export to whatever eBook format I need ready to upload to Amazon, iTunes, Smashwords, Kobo or whoever else I publish with. It’s great for that simple little process where you need a text book creating quickly or even a full-blown novel.
- Adobe InDesign. More and more I’m using InDesign to format my books. For pure text it’s probably easier to use Atlantis, but for a picture book or anything with images then InDesign has to be my first option.
- ProWritingAid. This software is a plugin for Word and is an out an out no-brainer. Great for assisting with anything from simple spelling to sticky sentences or anything in between or above and beyond. A great plugin.
- Adobe Photoshop. You may think I’ve added this software by mistake, as it’s for design and graphics. But no, Photoshop is my standard bearer for creating a front cover. I have a template for my standard Kindle front covers and the same for the books I have published with CreatSpace. A piece of software that’s been with me almost as long as word and each new version gives me goose bumps when I try it out for the first time.
Now, as always, these are my top 5 and probably not yours. These are what I use always to not only write my books, but edit them, format them and even design my own front covers before I publish them.
Tom Kane (c) 2016
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