To do any job well you need to use appropriate tools… and self-publishing is no different. While there are many software applications that can assist you during the process of writing and publishing your manuscript some of the applications are expensive, costing hundreds of dollars each.
So what if you are operating on a tight budget… or you would simply like to keep your operating costs low? Here is a list of free software for indie authors.
If you want to use a word processor similar to Microsoft Word – but without the cost – try the free OpenOffice Writer. You can read and save files in multiple formats including OpenOffice’s format as well as Word format. You can also covert your document into fully-featured PDFs with security, clickable Tables of Contents etc. For PC & Mac.
This is a free novel-writing application that you can use to write your next story. It’s “a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create.” For PC.
This is another novel-writing application for creative writers, novelists and authors. For PC.
For blogging, it is hard to beat WordPress. Either your web host will offer it with an easy install option or you can download it free and install it yourself.
This software will allow you to convert documents into PDF format. The free version will meet many writers’ needs. For PC.
To convert your document into Mobi format, which is readable on the Amazon Kindle, you can use MobiPocket Creator. You can convert from PDF, Word and text files. For PC.
When it comes to converting between ebook formats you really must consider using Calibre. For PC & Mac.
Do you want to make your own ebook cover images but you don’t want to pay for an expensive image editing package? Check out Gimp. For PC & Mac.
If you are working with electronic document s it won’t be long before you need to transfer files via FTP to or from a server. FileZilla will help you do this. For PC & Mac.
Do you need a way to bundle files or unzip them? This is a free zipping/unzipping utility similar to WinZip. For PC.
If you know of any other free software for indie authors…
…please let us know in the comments section below.