There's nothing you need to be a great writer. Pen and paper are just as good as a fancy computer setup. 

Having said that, here's our favourite tools and software that we've found useful in our writing journeys. 

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Best Email Marketing Software: MailerLite

Screenshot of the MailerLite dashboard for Jed Herne

If you want to be a successful author, you need a great author platform - a way of connecting and selling books directly to your readers.

One of the best ways to do this is to create an email list.

Jed, Rob, and Dyrk all use MailerLite to build direct relationships with readers through their email newsletters. (Michael doesn't, because he doesn't have an email list.)

Here's a quick example of the power of email:

In Jed's recent launch of Siege of Treboulain, he sold ~5,500 copies in the first 2 weeks. This was largely due to creating a direct relationship with his audience through regular, fortnightly email newsletters, where he took them inside the writing process, showed sneak previews of artwork, and gave them other exclusive behind-the-scenes details. His publisher also relied mostly on their own email list for the launch. 

  • MailerLite is free for up to 1000 subscribers.
  • No credit card required.
  • MailerLite allows you to create automated email sequences to sell books on autopilot.

If you’re ready to level up your author marketing game and sell more books, join over 1.4m MailerLite users today:

> Click here to claim your free MailerLite account.

Editing Software: ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid is an AI 'writing coach' that provides suggestions to improve your writing. Both Jed and Dyrk have used it to tighten their prose while editing their books. 

The software does this by offering several editing passes to focus on different issues, like:

  • Avoiding repetitive language.
  • Spotting cliches.
  • Improving sentence flow.

It plugs right into Microsoft Word (and most other word processors) for easy use. 

Best of all, you can try it for free

If you do want the premium version, use code MJS7LSNQGQ to get 20% off. 

> Click here to check out ProWritingAid.