Author Must Haves

Lists of valuable online tools and resources for authors to help with productivity and social media marketing

Author Must HavesLooking for some quick and easy DIY online graphic apps to help meet your social media marketing needs? Not sure what online grammar checkers you should be looking more at? Overwhelmed by stock photo site choices? Here are some suggestions. Keep in mind, they’re all paid services and you’ll want to read their TOS carefully.

General Graphics Creation Tools

  1. Canva 
  2. Bookbrush
  3. PicMonkey
  4. Stencil 
  5. Easil
  6. Crello
  7. BeFunky
  8. Visme
  9. Snappa
  10. Piktochart 
  11. Adobe Spark
  12. Ripl
  13. Alternatives to Photoshop (Click here)


  1. Animoto
  2. Biteable
  3. Filmora9
  4. WeVideo
  5. iMovie
  6. Viddyoze 
  7. inVideo
  8. Wave.Video 
  9. Adobe Premier
  10. Final Cut Pro

Mockup Generator

  1. Bookbrush
  2. Renderforest
  3. MockupBro
  4. MockupWorld
  5. ArtBoard Studio
  6. MockupsJar

Stock Photos and Video

  1. Adobe Stock 
  2. Shutterstock
  3. Depositphotos
  4. Pond5
  5. StoryBlocks
  6. 123RF 
  7. iStock by Getty Images
  8. Dreamstine 
  9. Alamy 

Other suggested apps that authors should have in their toolbox

  1. Adespresso”
  2. Scrivener 
  3. Plottr
  4. Evernote

Services to help with your ARC (advance reader copy) distribution and finding reviewers as well as promotional opportunities.

  1. Booksprout
  2. Bookfunnel 
  3. StoryOrigin

Online Editing and Proofing Tools

  1. ProWritingAid
  2. Grammarly
  3. AutoCrit
  4. WhiteSmoke 
  5. Ginger 
  6. Natural Readers (have the computer read your MS back to you and listen for errors)

Find editors for hire, designers, publicists, web designers, and more.

  1. Reedsy

Social Media Scheduling Apps

  1. Wonderful blog post covering 21 of them.