I’m listing a number of programs I’ve used in the past that I’ve found helpful in my own journey toward publication.
Google Documents–online service that handles documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. Free
OpenOffice.org– free program that works similar to MS Office. Includes documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.
Scrivener– ($40.00) Works with both Windows and Mac and organizing your novel. Includes lots of features to compile your work into publishable format.
Skydrive- Windows version of online MS Office.
Storybook– free software for writing novels. Donation required to remove ads.
ThinkFree.com– online MS Office. includes PDF conversion and viewers.
Ywriter– free novel writing software. There is a slight learning curve, but allows for creating scenes, character biography, and storyboards.
Book Data Calculator– calculates pages of books from your total word count.
Bubbl.us– free online mind-mapping service
Chapter-by-chapter- Handy program that breaks up your documents’ chapter into documents and can later assemble them into a book.
Count Lines– addon Macros for MS Word.
Evernote– works much like Google Notebook but includes Iphone/Ipad apps and a desktop program that syncs with your information. You can make ‘notebooks’ and ‘notes, to store information, photos, links, and even web pages in one spot.
Text Analysis– useful tool for keyword density. A tool for bloggers and web writers.
Tip of my Tongue– helps you find words and phrases.
Write or Die– allows writers to use for freewriting and/or timed writing spurts.
WordWeb- a dictionary/thesaurus that works with browsers and word processors.
Word Meter– helps you build a word meter to show your progress for a blog or web site.
YLaunch– handy tool to startup multiple programs/documents with one click.
Amazon Kindle– publish your blogs with Amazon.
Amazon Self Publish–Createspace is a company that offers print-on-demand services.
Sonar– submission tracking software Free