D.L. Young Fiction

Tools and Resources for Indie Authors

I get asked A LOT about the apps, reference books, and resources I use as an indie author. Below is a select list of highly recommended apps I personally use and books I often refer to.

ESSENTIAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT APPS

MAILERLITE

Mailing lists are VITAL for indie authors, and MailerLite beats MailChimp hands-down (I know because I switched). FREE up to 1,000 subcribers, also.

PUBLISHER ROCKET

These days indie authors can’t afford not to run Amazon Ads. Publisher Rocket is an INVALUABLE tool for discovering the best ad keywords and phrases for your target audience.

With Adobe Creative Cloud I can re-purpose my books’ cover art for ads, bookmarks, business cards, and my website. I have the Photography Plan, only $10 per month and includes Photoshop.

WORDPRESS

Website creation made easy. Simple to use, and thousands of available plugins.

WRITING AND EDITING SOFTWARE

SCRIVENER

Simply put, Scrivener is the best tool out there for organizing your writing to keep you productive. I swear by it.

SCAPPLE

Scapple’s a great app for making free form notes, mindmaps, even novel outlines. Easy to learn. Fun to use.

GRAMMARLY

Not a substitute for a living, breathing editor, but still a great tool for catching misspellings, punctuation and grammar oopsies.

BOOKS ON WRITING CRAFT AND INDIE AUTHOR MARKETING

Clear, very useful tips and strategies that have helped me run successful Facebook ad campaigns.

Guaghran is THE Bookbub Ads guru. Invaluable reference if you plan on using this powerful platform to sell your books.

Best book I’ve read (by far) on how to start, grow, and engage your readers via a newsletter.

If you’re new to Amazon Ads, this book is a great resource for getting you started.

My favorite book on writing craft ever. I refer to it again and again. Worth every penny.

The ONLY outlining book you’ll ever need. Trust me on this. I’m an outlining nerd and this is my Bible.

Solid, practical advice and exercises that will help you create a compelling, coherent storyline.

Excellent reference from a scifi legend and author of Ender’s Game.

The above are affiliate links, so I get a small portion of any related purchases. Usually about enough to buy a small coffee (not Starbucks). That said, I personally own all the books above, and I also use and endorse all the apps.