How to be your own pub­lisher

Writ­ing and edit­ing tools to help you wade through the process of self-pub­lish­ing a book

India Today - - NEWS YOU CAN USE - BY SHADAB NAZMI

Suhani Mishra, a 27-year-old pub­lic re­la­tions pro­fes­sional dreams of writ­ing her own book. “But ev­ery­one can’t be Haruki Mu­rakami or Arund­hati Roy. You need to know how to write and also have con­nec­tions in the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try,” she says. Like her, there are hun­dreds out there who as­pire to write and sell their own book but don’t know how to ap­proach pub­lish­ing houses. How about self-pub­lish­ing your book in that case? These soft­ware tools will guide you.

YWRITER

yWriter is a pow­er­ful writ­ing pro­gramme which is free to down­load and use. It is a word pro­ces­sor which breaks your novel into chap­ters and scenes, help­ing you keep track of your work. It also al­lows you to see your char­ac­ters and set­tings, all at a glance. FREE OR PAID Free

DIF­FI­CULTY LEVEL Easy AVAIL­ABLE ON Win­dows and OS X GET IT FROM www.space­jock.com/ yWriter5.html

SCRIVENER

Writ­ing a novel, re­search pa­per, script or any long-form text in­volves more than ham­mer­ing away at the key­board un­til you’re done. Col­lect­ing re­search, or­der­ing frag­mented ideas, shuf­fling in­dex cards in search of that elu­sive struc­ture—most writ­ing soft­ware is fired up only af­ter much of the hard work is over. Scrivener, a word pro­ces­sor and project man­age­ment tool stays with you from that first, yet to be formed idea all the way through to the fi­nal draft. Out­line and struc­ture your ideas, take notes, view re­search along­side your writ­ing and com­pose the con­stituent pieces of your text in iso­la­tion or in con­text. FREE OR PAID Free trial for 30 days DIF­FI­CULTY LEVEL Medium AVAIL­ABLE ON Win­dows and OS X GET IT FROM www.lit­er­a­ture­and­latte.com/trial.php

GRAMMARLY

Want to have your own per­sonal proof reader while writ­ing the book? Grammarly, a chrome ex­ten­sion which spots

gram­mat­i­cal er­rors in your writ­ing, can come handy. It can elim­i­nate over 250 er­rors in­stantly, which Mi­crosoft Word can’t find. FREE OR PAID Free

DIF­FI­CULTY LEVEL Easy AVAIL­ABLE ON Win­dows and OS X GET IT FROM www.grammarly.com/

HEM­ING­WAY EDITOR

It helps you un­clut­ter and un­com­pli­cate your writ­ing us­ing colour codes. The app high­lights lengthy, com­plex sen­tences and com­mon er­rors; if you see a sen­tence high­lighted in yel­low, the app alerts you to shorten it. If you see a red high­light, your sen­tence is dense and com­pli­cated, try edit­ing it. FREE OR PAID Paid

DIF­FI­CULTY LEVEL Easy AVAIL­ABLE ON Win­dows and OS X GET IT FROM www.hem­ing­wayapp. com/desk­top.html

KIN­DLE DI­RECT PUB­LISH­ING

Kin­dle Di­rect Pub­lish­ing (KDP) lets authors sell dig­i­tal ver­sion of their books on Ama­zon.com, free of cost. Un­like most other dig­i­tal re­tail­ers, KDP uses the for­mat known as “mobi.” This is the file for­mat for all dig­i­tal books that Ama­zon uses, and it works on Kin­dle de­vices. FREE OR PAID Free

DIF­FI­CULTY LEVEL Easy AVAIL­ABLE ON Win­dows and OS X GET IT FROM www.kdp.ama­zon.com/

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