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Top 100 Tools For Indie Authors Part 2: Marketing, Promotion, Author Business Organization And Miscellaneous

Top 100 Tools for Indie Authors Part 2: Marketing, Promotion, Author Business Organization and Miscellaneous

Tim Lewis

Audience: All Levels

Audience: All Levels

For the October 2020 Tools and Tech SelfPubCon the team at ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, has compiled a list of the top 100 tools for indie authors. This session unveils the second 50 top tools, tools for book marketing and promotion, author business organization and miscellaneous. The series is being featured on Twitter pre- and post-conference by ALLi's Twitter manager, Tim Lewis. Here he and ALLi director Orna Ross discuss the winners. And we've listed them below as tweetable tweets -- so you can give a shoutout to the tools you use and enjoy as an indie author.

The first 50 were unveiled earlier in the conference! Check them out here.

Tweet The Winners: 50 Marketing, Promotion, Author Business Organization and Miscellaneous Tools

Do you love any of these great tools for indie authors? Share the love by tweeting our tweetable tweets about them.

100 Top Tools Part 2: Marketing, Promotion, and Miscellaneous

Marketing Tools

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @facebook because their social media tools and advertising platform make it easy for authors to reach readers in their genre and niche #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @goodreads because it’s the largest site for readers and book recommendations …. #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @Book Funnel for  #SelfPubConTop100 Delivers reader magnets, sends out ARCs and fulfils books sales and giveaways. #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: Chris Well’s Build Your Brand Academy @BuildYourBrandA If you want to leverage media coverage for you and your book, he’s your man. #selfpubcon 

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @Prolific Works (formerly Instafreebie) They offer great ways to engage with current readers and reach new ones #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @Amazon invaluable source of marketing data through suggestions bar and also-boughts list and its best seller rankings. #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @prestozon makes managing your Amazon Ads easier. #SelfPubCon https://app.prestozon.com/sign-up?via=selfpubcon2020 

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @TheLitRing Connects readers and authors with great books through giveaways. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @PubVendo For their unparalleled insights into social media marketing for authors and small publishers. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: great book promotion that’s built for #authors and loved by #readers #SelfPubCon #bookpromo  

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  #WordPress who makes it so easy to make great author websites on a budget. Easy to use but so powerful. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @RPBooks’s Local Links making it easy to link to users' local stores. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: great deals that help new listeners find your #audiobooks #selfpubcon 

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100: @davechesson who consistently produces great tools for #indieauthors, including PublisherRocket keyword tool. #selfpubcon 

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @k_lytics giving #indieauthors the ebook market intelligence they need to succeed

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @AmyVansant’s AuthorXP help to build email lists, get reviews and find resources. #SelfPubCon

Promotional Tools

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @blueinkreview Honest, credible paid reviews for your book.

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @bookboro for #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors A great critique service and sharing space for #writers and #readers. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @gleamapp for organizing author contests and giveawayst. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @DartFrogBooks for selecting and distributing great sel-published #books to independent booksellers around the world. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @Patreon for #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors as it allows authors to earn continuous funding directly from their readers and you can segment different tiers of readers so easily.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @thepenfactor A round-the-clock writing competition that will give you fast and friendly feedback on your story.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @Tweetdeck, the Twitter-owned tool for using Twitter like a power user. #SelfPubCon Track hashtags, users and phrases and take part in TwitterChats like our #indieauthorchat  

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @streamyard Live stream across multiple platforms, with a simple, powerful, web-based interface.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @AuthAccelerator Matching authors to book coaches and training book coaches to know what authors really need.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @ConvertKit a one-stop shop for forms, landing pages, and email marketing automations.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @Linktree Enabling you to direct your fans from social media platforms to your sales site, sign-up forms, retailer websites, or any other online platform with just one link.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: @planoly a clean and simple tool for setting up, planning and scheduling Instagram posts.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @BookBub The biggest and best book discovery engine for readers. Great #bookmarketing tips & #publishing insights too.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @Booxby for AI using natural language processing to facilitate story discovery.  #SelfPubCon

Rights Licensing

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @pubmatchfor #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors because it allows #indieauthors to present their books as rights buyers want to see them and to reach out to buyers on the platform. #SelfPubCon

Business Organization and Miscellaneous

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @later as a social media scheduler for #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors. Create one image and set it to schedule across multiple social media platforms, with people tagging, hashtags and more.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @Xero accounting software for #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors. “It’s super easy to use, gives me a run down of each months income so I can track it and enables me to invoice from my phone, while in the barbers having a haircut… true story!”  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @Trello for #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors. If you're a visual planner, Trello is a great way to organise your writing, with different boards for each of your books or writing projects, then use lists and cards to organise your tasks.  #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @DokuWiki for #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors because they use it as a private wiki to organise all their notes on their writing and marketing #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @QuickBooks for #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors because they find it much better than a spreadsheet for their accounting #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors: things from @culturedcode: clean notes app for ideas, notes, planning schedules, to-dos and other reminders. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @Asana for #SelfPubConTop100  Unbeatable organizational tool for managing teams and complex events. Like  #SelfPubCon!

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard eliminates RSI pain in hands and wrists. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @PayHip because it’s a brilliant payment tool for #authors and other #creatives who want to sell direct. #SelfPubCon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @krisp.ai’s noise cancelling technology eradicates all background noise so you can meet or podcast in peace #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @TubeBuddy browser extension for YouTube creators, giving lots of extra functionality and ease of use. #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @TheHotSheet from @JaneFriedman for #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors Subscription newsletter telling you all you need to know about #publishing. #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  s @booklikeaboss for #SelfPubConTop100 Automated calendar app for you to take appointments, sell your services, and manage your author business, all in one place. #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @msexcel for #SelfPubConTop100 So much more than just a spreadsheet software.  #Excel #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:  @SurveyMonkey for #SelfPubConTop100 Free online survey solution. Ask your readers what they think.. #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @airtable for #SelfPubConTop100 tools for #indieauthors because it’s a visually appealing spreadsheet that doubles as a database --great for managing reader relationships and everything you use spreadsheets for. #selfpubcon

Nominated by @IndieAuthorALLi for #SelfPubConTop100 Tools for #indieauthors:   @airmailer Lightning fast mail client for Mac and iOS. #selfpubcon

Tim Lewis

ALLi Twitter Manager

Tim Lewis is a former IT manager in a financial markets company who, after the death of his wife, decided to try and become an author, writing time-travel and fantasy. In working out how to sell books online, he became fascinated by the uses of social media for business and to improve your life, as explored in his book Social Media Networking and you can find his courses on author and social media productivity at the SmallBusiness.live training site.

Tim is an in-demand speaker on social media and host of the Oh No! Not Another Live Show! - a topical live show on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. He also runs the #indieAuthorChat Twitter chat (weekly on Wednesdays) for the Alliance of Independent Authors and oversees the live-tweeting and speaker advice on Twitter for #SelfPubCon and #SelfPubConTop100.

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