The 30 Best Tools for Writers

by Joe Bunting | 6 comments

If you want to write a book, you need the right tools for the job. But what are the best tools for writers? We get asked that all the time.

The 30 Best Tools for Writers

Whether you're ready to write, publish, or market your book, there are hundreds of resources you could use. They're not all equal, though. Some will help you make your book better than you'd ever dreamed, and others, well, won't.

I've worked with hundreds of writers and learned what tools they recommend—and which ones they avoid at all costs. I've also experimented with all kinds of tools for writers myself as I've written my own books.

I want to help you find the best tools for your writing, too. I've put together a roundup of the thirty best tools for writers at every stage of the writing and publishing process. The best part is, it's completely free. You can download the guide here:

Click here to get your free copy of 30 Tools to Write, Publish, and Market Your Book »

A Sneak Peek at Five Amazing Tools for Writers

Wondering what you'll find on this list? Here are five of my favorite tools:

  1. For writing: Scrivener. The best word processor for writing a book. There's a learning curve, but once you've mastered Scrivener, you'll never write a book in Word again. Click here to read our Scrivener Review.
  2. For editing: Pro Writing Aid. My favorite tool that helps find grammar problems and even generates reports to help improve my writing. Click here to read out ProWritingAid Review.
  3. For traditional publishing: The first step to traditional publishing is getting an agent, and is a free database of agents that also guides you through the querying and submission process to those agents.
  4. For self-publishing: Vellum. This tool is fantastic for easily designing beautiful digital and print books.
  5. For marketing: Your First 1000 Copies by Tim Grahl. A book marketing consultant, at one point Tim Grahl had five clients on the NY Times bestsellers list at the same time. This is the best and timeless guide to marketing your book.

No matter where you are in your book writing journey or how you plan to share your book with the world, this guide has you covered. You can get the full roundup of the 30 best tools for writers here.

Discover the Best Tools for Writers

30 Tools to Write, Publish, and Market Your Book

We've already heard from so many writers how this guide has helped them to find exactly the tools that will help them. I think you'll love it, too. And did I mention it's free?

Don't waste your time (and money!) on tools for writers that won't get you the results you need. Download this resource and discover the tools that will help you write and publish the book you've always dreamed of.

What's your favorite tool for writing, publishing, or marketing your book? Let us know in the comments below!


First, get the free guide. Then, choose one of the tools on the list and try it out. Tell us in the comments which tool you chose and how it went!

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Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real life adventure story set in France. It was a #1 New Release on Amazon. Follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).

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  1. Eileen

    I am using Scrivener and really like the ability to “post note” my scenes without covering the wall in front of my desk! It really streamlines the process of moving things around and publishes into different formats. I have not tested this side too much yet, but excited it exists! I purchased it as a “gift” at discounted prices through successful completion of nanowrimo.

  2. Robyn Campbell

    For editing how about Fictionary. I have not spent enough time over there but I do know it is worth every penny. Hey, Joe, about doing a post on it.

  3. Mike Young

    The Story Grid looks interesting, but it’s $35 to buy in paperback and not in my library, so I’ll pass.
    I am a big Scrivener fan, though. It was easy to get started with in 2010, and I have been adding new features every year as I need them.

  4. Terri Acevedo

    I used this tool – Scrivener and I agree that it is one of the best products of this direction. I saw a similar list on this site –, where I also got acquainted with the writer colleagues who advised, if we talk about the auxiliary literature, to read Zen in the Art of Writing. As for the other tools from the article, I personally did not use it, but the friend who will soon publish her book used Vellum and spoke very well of him. Although the designs are kind of all in one style, as for me.

  5. Brenda

    Being a writer is hectic, no lie about that. But having the right writing tools that enable you do the perfect job is the best thing that could ever happen to you. For those in the field of PhD paper writing service ( it is inevitable that you get the right tools for your writing job as these thesis papers are of paramount importance. One needs to look for what works for them and this usually requires a lot of time on the part of the writer. But no time could ever be wasted if one is investing it in bettering what they are doing.



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