The Best Resources for Writing and Publishing a Book

A few of the most necessary resources to help save you time and energy!

Michelle Massie

2/14/20236 min read

Hey guys! Today, I want to talk to all authors out there who are writing or thinking about writing. Here are some essential software resources to help you write and publish your own novel!

Let’s break it down!

Have I mentioned I love Scrivener? I absolutely, completely love it. Writing software is so important if you want to get organized and stay on top of things while drafting your book.

My favorite part is how I’m able to split my book up into chapters, and I can just click into which one I need. (I also use it for my blog!) It allows me to keep notes, research, my tons of outlines, EVERYTHING!

It’s super easy to compile documents (meaning transferring documents into Atticus or Amazon or Word or whatever) and has changed my writing around!

Now, if you want to shop around a bit, I’ve put together a list of some other good writing programs you may want to check out. Let’s check out some pros and cons.


Cost-One time payment of $59.99


  • Allows you to split the book into chapters, scenes, or however you prefer.

  • Easy access to notes, research, outlines, etc.

  • Pre-made templates for character and setting sketches

  • Great for large projects, like a novel

  • 30-day FREE Trial!


  • There is a steep learning curve

  • Customer Service is not the best

Google Docs

Google Docs is a free online word process similar to Microsoft Word. Google Docs allows authors to write and edit and has the benefit of real-time collaboration.


  • Free to use

  • Collaborate with other editors and writers in real-time.

  • Use offline

  • Easy to Use


  • Not great for large projects

  • Requires internet connection

  • Can be slow to save changes

  • Lacks features and usefulness when compared to other programs

  • Users have to have a Google account


NovelPad is a relatively new word processor that lets authors rearrange scenes by the drag-and-drop method. It comes with many other writing tools, like setting monthly writing goals.

Cost-$15 monthly or $120 annually


  • Character tracking-lets you jump to any section where a specific character name appears.

  • Simple to use and navigate

  • Can work offline

  • Great customer service

  • Settings, character boards


  • No folder features to store book series

  • Requires subscription

  • Not the best for non-fiction

  • No real-time collaboration

The Novel Factory

The Novel Factory is an excellent writing software for fiction novel writers. This software includes “The Roadmap,” which walks you through every step of writing your book, including outlines, characters, plots, and even editing! Seems like great software for newer authors that need more guidance and instruction on writing a book!

Cost- Yearly-$75 for the basic version, $198 for the standard version, $600 for Premium, Monthly-$7.50 for the Basic Version, $20 for Standard Version, $60 for Premium


  • Great software for a new author, excellent tips, and templates for your whole book.

  • Several outlining templates available, or upload your own.

  • Characters section--easily input character description, back story, picture, questionnaire, etc.

  • World Building Section

  • Word Tracking


  • On the pricey side

  • May be a bit too detailed for some writers


Vellum makes novel formatting easy as pie. Not only can you type out your whole manuscript, but you can use it to get your novel ready for publishing. It has themes and styles all ready to go, so you can integrate your book into what looks and feels best. Vellum also has a previewer, so you can ensure everything is arranged and looks as good as you think!

Cost: $199.99 one-time payment for Vellum eBooks, $249.99 one-time payment for Vellum Press


  • Great tutorials

  • Ready-made book styles and formatting

  • Future updates are free

  • Makes a great-looking book!


  • Only imports Word files

  • Not available on PC, iOS, or Android

  • The free trial lasts as long as you want, as long as you don’t export

  • Super expensive

  • Not meant as writing software, but more of a formatting software

  • Separate price points for print books and eBooks


New software alert! Atticus is a word-processing software and book formatting tool. Dave Chesson has created this program to battle the high cost of Vellum, while still giving authors everything they need to write, edit and format a book for publishing.

I used Atticus to put my novel on Amazon. And speaking from experience, it was about a million times easier to do it through Atticus, instead of formatting in Kindle.

I loved the styles and was able to preview my book and make changes that I needed. I still use Scrivener for writing my book, as it has more features I need for the writing part, but Atticus is my go-to for formatting.

Cost-one-time payment of $147


  • Ease of use

  • Awesome formatting abilities

  • Several different styles to choose from

  • Front and back matter templates

  • Preview your manuscript in eBook or paperback

  • Available for Mac, Windows, Linux, Chromebooks, and Internet browser

  • Collaborate with other writers and editors within the program


  • More of a formatting tool than a writing tool

  • Must have internet access to use it

  • As a new tool, it is still developing


It is essential to have a grammar and spell checker if you are going to write. Grammarly is an AI-driven writing assistance platform, available in a free or paid version. Great for essays, blogs, short stories, articles, and more.

Cost: $30 per month, $60 for 3 months, or $144 annually


  • Easy to Use

  • Easily corrects grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors

  • Free version

  • Plagiarism Checker w/paid version

  • Access to instant synonyms w/paid version


  • Not the best for novels, it can slow down significantly for large documents.

  • Doesn’t support on all platforms


Another great tool I use on a daily basis! ProWritingAid is Grammarly’s direct competitor, and I use ProWritingAid due to the fact that is better for novels, and I love all the articles and instructions when I come across an error I don’t know how to fix.

Cost: $30 per month, $120 per year, or $399 one-time payment


  • Great for novels and real-time checking

  • 20 in-depth grammar reports

  • Style suggestions

  • Free articles and videos form every type of report

  • Integrates into MS Word/Outlook, Google Docs, Scrivener, Open Office, and Final Draft.

  • Browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari


  • The Plagiarism Checker is separate and is paid for additionally

  • Sometimes is a bit slow

Publisher Rocket

Another of Dave Chesson’s software tools, and one of my favorites! Publisher Rocket is a research tool, designed especially to help boost your sales.

Publisher Rocket is a mountain of information, from gathering the most productive keywords to sell your book to finding out how much a competing book is making per month. Learn what categories to put your book in, and what niches are the most profitable.

Cost-One time payment of $97


  • Keyword Search Feature

  • Competition Analyzer Feature

  • Category Search Feature

  • AMS Keyword Search feature

  • Plenty of video tutorials


  • No Free Trial (but a 30-day money-back guarantee)

So, that’s it, folks! Your list of computer software that will make your writing and publishing journey more productive and enjoyable! I hope I’ve helped with some questions you may have! And remember—

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!

Happy Writing!


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