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8 free tools for authors

free soap

This stuff is almost as good as free soap.

This tool has been infinitely useful during my travels.  You can access your writing online, from any computer or mobile device, and store files, photos, and notes in organized folders.

The text editor is basic, but you can download a file as a txt, docx, PDF, odt, or html file.  That’s invaluable when organizing submissions to presses that only accept docx files, but you don’t have Microsoft Word.

OpenOffice is a free Microsoft Word alternative available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Gimp is an image manipulation program for both Windows and MacOS.  Gimp offers tools for image retouching, image authoring, and basic editing.  It’s a great alternative to Photoshop.

An ebook manager working as both a reader and writer.   I used this in the past to add book meta data, and convert compatible files into ebook formats.

This is a simple editor for epub files, and is quick to learn.  It provides editors of metadata and can generate tables of content for you. Pictures and SVG images are supported.

With Hootsuite, you can send status updates to Twitter and Facebook, along with write WordPress blog posts. I use the mobile app to manage social media while traveling, as rarely do I have computer access.

Paste your text into the site, and it’ll check your spelling and grammar.  It’s a free online proof reader.  This does not replace an editor for your manuscripts. 

This is a social network for questions and answers.  You can use this similar to how an author would use forums, making their content relevant to readers, generate traffic to your blogs, and establish yourself as an expert in your field.


Books & Shovels, a cross country traveling bookstore and publisher, is seeking financial pledges to murder Apathy.  Your rewards for pledging are of a Nostrovian! nature, including book reviews and PokePoet cards (with your face on them).

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Jeremiah Walton is wary of bios, but there's the current sign they're flying: “Jeremiah Walton is founder of Nostrovia! Press & traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. They’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival, Oakland Beast Crawl, San Francisco Lit Crawl, Death Rattle, the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur: Snoetry, among other lit fests, street corners, & living rooms across the country. They loath-themselves, & are struggling to find a healthy extension of the poem that incorporates publishing. Consistently confused, & trying to make space for compassion for the parts of myself I hate.” That feels like tattooing "love me" across my neck, but hopefully you get to know me thru my poems, not the accolades that are nothing more than memories to let go of.

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