10 Most Important Tools every New Author Needs when Writing a Book

By Team Azuni

Writing a book can be a daunting task, especially for new authors. However, there are several tools available that can help make the process smoother and more efficient. In this article, we will discuss ten essential tools that every new author needs when writing a book.

Word Processor

A word processor is a must-have tool for any author. It allows you to create and edit your manuscript easily. Some of the most popular word processors include Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice Writer. Choose one that suits your needs and budget.

Grammar and Spell Checker

While word processors come with built-in spell-checking tools, they may not catch all the errors in your manuscript. Consider investing in a separate grammar and spell checker like Grammarly or Hemingway. These tools can help you catch more complex errors and improve the readability of your manuscript.

Writing Software

Writing software like Scrivener can help you organize your manuscript into chapters, sections, and scenes. It also allows you to keep track of characters, settings, and other important details. Scrivener is a popular choice among authors, but there are several other options available.

Research Tools

If you’re writing a non-fiction book, you’ll need to conduct extensive research. Tools like Google Scholar, JSTOR, and ResearchGate can help you find reliable sources for your research. You can also use reference management tools like Zotero or EndNote to organize your sources.

Mind Mapping Software

Mind mapping software like MindMeister or XMind can help you brainstorm and organize your ideas. You can create a visual representation of your manuscript and link related ideas. This tool can help you see the big picture and identify any gaps or inconsistencies in your manuscript.

Writing Prompts

Writer’s block is a common problem for many authors. Writing prompts can help you overcome this problem by giving you a starting point for your writing. There are several websites and books available that offer writing prompts. Alternatively, you can create your own prompts based on your interests and experiences.

Writing Groups

Joining a writing group can be a great way to get feedback on your manuscript and connect with other authors. You can share your work with other writers and receive constructive criticism. There are several online writing groups available, or you can start your own group with friends or colleagues.

Time Management

Tools Writing a book requires a significant time commitment. Time management tools like Trello, Asana, or RescueTime can help you manage your time more efficiently. You can create a schedule, set deadlines, and track your progress.

Inspiration Boards

Inspiration boards can help you visualize your manuscript and stay motivated. You can create a physical or digital board and fill it with images, quotes, and other items that inspire you. Pinterest is a popular platform for creating digital inspiration boards.

Accountability Partners

An accountability partner can help you stay on track and meet your writing goals. Choose someone who is also working on a writing project and schedule regular check-ins. You can share your progress and offer each other support and encouragement.

How to Leverage Twitter Spaces as an Author

By Team Azuni

Twitter Spaces has become an increasingly popular platform for authors to promote their books. Twitter Spaces is a live audio chat room feature that allows users to have real-time conversations with their followers. Authors can use this feature to promote their books, connect with their readers, and gain exposure to new audiences. This article will explore how best authors can use Twitter Spaces to promote their books.

  1. Host a Q&A Session

One of the most effective ways for authors to promote their books is by hosting a Q&A session on Twitter Spaces. This session can be used to answer questions from readers, provide insights into the book, and give readers a chance to connect with the author. By hosting a Q&A session, authors can build relationships with their readers, increase engagement, and gain exposure to new audiences.

  1. Collaborate with other authors

Authors can also collaborate with other authors on Twitter Spaces to promote their books. This collaboration can take the form of a joint Q&A session, a panel discussion, or a book club discussion. By collaborating with other authors, authors can reach new audiences and gain exposure to different communities. Additionally, collaborations can help authors build relationships with other authors and create new opportunities for future promotions.

  1. Offer exclusive content

Another way for authors to promote their books on Twitter Spaces is by offering exclusive content. This can take the form of a behind-the-scenes look at the writing process, an exclusive chapter reading, or a sneak peek into the author’s next project. By offering exclusive content, authors can give readers a reason to tune in to their Twitter Spaces and engage with their content.

  1. Create a book club

Creating a book club on Twitter Spaces is another effective way for authors to promote their books. This book club can be used to discuss the author’s book and other related topics. By creating a book club, authors can build a community around their books and create a space for readers to connect with each other. This community can then be used to promote future projects and engage with readers on a more personal level.

  1. Host a launch party

Finally, authors can use Twitter Spaces to host a launch party for their book. This party can include readings from the book, discussions with other authors, and giveaways for attendees. By hosting a launch party, authors can generate excitement around their books and create a buzz on social media.

In conclusion, Twitter Spaces is an excellent platform for authors to promote their books. By hosting Q&A sessions, collaborating with other authors, offering exclusive content, creating a book club, and hosting a launch party, authors can reach new audiences, build relationships with readers, and generate excitement around their books. Using these strategies, authors can create a successful book promotion campaign on Twitter Spaces.

Increase Your Email List as a Self-Publishing Author

By Team Azuni

As a self-publishing author, having an email list is essential to your success. An email list allows you to keep in touch with readers, inform them about new releases and promotions, and build an audience for your writing. But how do you increase your email list? This blog post will explore some of the best ways to grow your authorship email list.

Facebook Ads

One of the best ways to increase your email list is through Facebook ads. With Facebook Ads, you can target potential readers who are interested in similar topics or genres as yours. You can also target specific audiences based on age, location, interests, etc. It’s important to create engaging ad copy that will grab people’s attention. It should be clear why they should sign up for your mailing list. You can also offer incentives such as free ebooks or exclusive content for those who join your mailing list.

Content Marketing

Another great way to increase your mailing list is through content marketing. Content marketing is all about creating valuable content that appeals to your target audience and drives them to take action. It could be a blog post, video, podcast episode, eBook – anything that provides value for the reader and encourages them to join your mailing list. Make sure to include links or buttons in each piece of content that directs readers directly to your signup page so they can join easily and quickly.

Social Media

Using social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram is another great way to promote your mailing list and get more subscribers. Share links or images with information about why people should sign up for your newsletter. Try using hashtags relevant to the topic of the post so it reaches more people who may be interested in joining your mailing list. You can also use social media polls or contests as a way to entice people into joining by offering prizes for those who participate in these events.


Growing an email list takes time and effort but it’s worth it if you want to reach more readers and expand the reach of your work as an author. The strategies outlined above are just some of the many ways you can go about increasing your email list but there are plenty more! Get creative with different tactics such as influencer marketing or cross-promotion with other authors/brands in order to get more subscribers added onto your growing email list. With a little bit of effort, you’ll see results soon enough. Good luck.

How Do Books Become Bestsellers? (Can Authors Increase Those Chances?)

by Kristen Tsetsi

As longtime readers know, writer Kristen Tsetsi is the host of a regular author Q&A at this site, 5 On, that asks 5 questions about writing and 5 questions about publishing. (You can browse them here.)

Recently, Kristen sent me questions related to book marketing that she wanted to be answered but didn’t know the right person to ask. As I reviewed them, I decided that I myself might be the right person to address them.

Thus, in a strange turn of events, I am running an interview with myself at my own site. My thanks to Kristen for sparking what I think is an important—and I hope useful—discussion.

Kristen: Authors published by a Big Five publisher are often responsible for much of their own marketing and publicity, and chances are slim that their novel will be the one that takes off and veritably markets itself. What, then, is the benefit of publishing with a major house versus publishing with a small press with decent distribution channels? An author publishing with Random House might have a better reason to at least hope for a Today Show or NPR interview, sure, but obviously most Big Five authors aren’t interviewed on the Today Show or NPR.

Jane: Much depends on what we mean when we talk about a “small press with decent distribution channels.”

First, and most critical to understand, is that the playing field is more or less even when it comes to retail distribution, or what I might call “availability.” Any self-publishing author, and any small press, can make their books available to be ordered or purchased in the same retailers as a Big Five publisher if they’re willing to use print-on-demand technology. It’s not logistically complicated or expensive. That doesn’t mean the author’s or publisher’s books will sit on the shelf of most (or even a few) bricks-and-mortar bookstores in the country—just that the book can look and appear like any other when viewed in an industry database.

Where the playing field is not even is when we look at how print books get sold and purchased in advance of publication, then stocked on physical store shelves. That’s an investment and risk on the side of the publisher, since it requires doing a print run of books that may not sell as expected, plus all books are returnable by bookstores at any point for a full refund. Retailers such as Barnes & Noble commit to purchasing hundreds or thousands of copies of book, prior to knowing how successful it will be, and their commitment is based on how persuasive the publisher’s sales pitch is. When you’re playing that kind of game, the Big Five publishers have a huge advantage—their sales teams pitch books for placement at bookstore accounts, big-box stores, specialty retailers, and so on. It’s part of their job to get the biggest sales commitment possible in advance of publication.

When considering a small press, you should figure out how their books get sold into stores. Do they have their own sales team? Does a larger publisher sell their books for them to store accounts? Do they not even try—do they just make the book available for sale on Amazon or available through Ingram, and call it a day? That’s not a deal breaker (and the majority of all book sales are through Amazon any way!), but for authors who place a great deal of importance on seeing their book stocked in physical retail stores, then the bigger your publisher, the more muscle they probably have to get that nationwide store distribution, and possibly pay for displays or other merchandising during your book’s launch.

Next time you’re in a chain bookstore, study carefully the front-of-store tables and look at the publishers. Those publishers have paid for that placement. You won’t find many “small” presses. You’ll find that Big Five and mid-size houses or strong independent houses (such as Sourcebooks or Chronicle) dominate.

But here’s the other side of the argument: most Big Five publishers, after your book has been out three months, they’re done with you. You won’t hear back from the publicist or marketing team unless your book has gained traction and the publisher sees an opportunity to build further sales and attention. A smaller press may have more time and bandwidth to spend with you both prior to launch and after, in order to find the audience. The approach may be more thoughtful and customized. A Big Five publisher does not have time to take a customized approach to every title on its list; as you say, only a few get the attention they truly deserve, and it tends to be based on who received the highest advance, because that’s where the most risk resides. So a Big Five author is more likely to see a cookie-cutter approach to their book’s launch unless they’re an “A” title (one of the most important titles that season) or otherwise selected for special treatment.

So is it worth the trade-off? There’s not one answer to that question. Partly I think it depends on the author’s personality and how they’re best complemented by the publisher, and maybe even who their agent is. (An agent can play a role in getting marketing support from the publisher!) At some point, money usually speaks loudest, and authors go with the publisher that pays the highest advance, which then can help ensure sufficient attention. If your advance isn’t much of a risk (let’s say $20,000 or below), then you may be better off with a small press if they offer more personalized marketing attention or support, or better and more informed reach to your particular readership. (Here’s my post on evaluating small presses.)

People scoff at debut authors who want to negotiate with publishers over, for example, conditions related to film rights: “It’s your first novel. Don’t even worry about film rights and just be happy to have a publisher. Have three books and a following before you start thinking about film rights.” However, debut novels are optioned: Melanie Raab’s The Trap, Michael Hodges’s The Puller, Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. Because it could happen, then, however unlikely it may be, shouldn’t each contract be approached with that potential in mind?

My rule of thumb is always “Assume everything is negotiable.” However, in every industry, there are some things that basically are not negotiable, especially if you have little or no leverage over the publisher. The 25% ebook royalty rate is not negotiable, no matter who you are. Granting ebook rights along with print: it will be demanded. This is where having an agent is invaluable, because they know from experience where and when a publisher is willing to negotiate. They also know why things might not be negotiable. For example, the ebook royalty rate isn’t negotiable for now because every single author with a decent agent has a clause that says as soon as another author at the same house receives a higher rate, they’ll get the higher rate, too. To ameliorate that, an agent can say, “We know you’re not going to budge on the ebook royalty rate, but that means you need to do better on these other terms.”

It never hurts to ask for what you want, to ask “Can you do better?” and to get an explanation for why your requests aren’t reasonable or standard. But the truth is that unless you’re a highly desirable author, or unless you have an agent who is able to leverage their influence on your behalf, sometimes you have to accept terms that are less than satisfying.

Do authors have any more negotiating room these days simply because there are so many publishing options available? Do publishers (typically) fight for manuscripts these days if they’re not written by someone well-known, or could they take or leave most authors?

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How to Recognize the Author’s Tone in Short Works of Fiction


How many times can you remember hearing your mother say to you, “Watch your tone!” Maybe an angry attitude came through your voice as you spoke to a parent or teacher. An author’s tone in a written work isn’t that different from the voice tone in a conversation. We just have to be able to learn the signs that give clues to the meaning behind the words.

Exmples of Tone Changes

Tone of voice can change instantly as the speaker places emphasis on different words.

  1. didn’t say you ate the pie.
  2. didn’t say you ate the pie.
  3. I didn’t say you ate the pie.
  4. I didn’t say you ate the pie.
  5. I didn’t say you ate the pie.
  6. I didn’t say you ate the pie.

Tone in Spoken Conversation

How many times have you been in the middle of a conversation with a friend or co-worker when you suddenly became aware of their voice tone? Maybe they appear exuberant and unusually happy about something. On the other hand, you may remember a time when the other person in a conversation withdrew and became quiet. Then, when they finally spoke, their tone indicated clear resentment or outright anger. If you remember such occurrences, you probably realize that one’s tone of voice can change the meaning of the words. For example, “Have a good day,” spoken in a clear, forthright, pleasant tone brings forth happy, positive responses in the listeners. On the other hand, “Have a good day,” spoken in a sarcastic tone, suggests quite the opposite.

A speaker’s tone of voice is usually easy to discern in spoken conversation. One reason it’s easier for us to pick up on tone in conversation is that we can read the facial expressions of the other person. But an author’s tone in a story or novel, is not always as clear to the reader. Missing the tone can cause confusion to the reader. In fact, a lack of understanding of tone can cause the reader to miss key points and completely misunderstand the author’s main ideas. However, readers can learn to discern an author’s tone in a story just as easily as listeners pick up a speaker’s voice tone.

Good writers usually leave clues for readers regarding tone and other story elements. One just has to watch for these hints. Most importantly, readers need to remember that tone, style, plot, mood, and even characters are interwoven together, and these elements work together to form a unified story. Teachers who teach tone and other story elements effectively can point out these tidbits of information so that students can pick up on the author’s tone quickly.

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5 Essential Tips for Self-Publishing Authors

By Team Azuni

Self-publishing is becoming a popular and viable option for authors who want to take control of their own destiny. It’s also a great way to make money, since you can keep more of the profits that come in. That said, there are some things you should know before taking the plunge into self-publishing. Here are five essential tips that self-publishing authors should keep in mind.

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Before you embark on your self-publishing journey, it is important to understand what rights and responsibilities you have as an author. You need to make sure that you fully understand all the legalities associated with copyright law, taxes, contracts and other matters related to publishing a book. It’s also important to be aware of the rights and responsibilities of those who will be helping you publish your book (such as editors, illustrators and printers). Knowing these things upfront can save you a lot of headaches later on.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is essential if you want your book to be successful. You need to create an effective marketing plan that includes both online and offline strategies. Additionally, it is important to plan out the production process so that everything runs smoothly from start to finish. This includes budgeting for printing costs, hiring an editor or illustrator, setting up distribution channels and promoting the book once it has been published. Taking the time to plan ahead will set your book up for success from day one!

Do Market Research

It’s important to do market research before launching into self-publishing your book. You need to know who your target audience is, what type of books they read, how much they are willing to pay for them and where they are likely to purchase them from. Doing this kind of market research can help you craft a better product that meets the needs of readers in your target market—thus increasing its chances of success!

Choose Your Platform Wisely

When it comes time to actually publish your book, there are many different platforms available—from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to Smashwords and beyond. Each platform has its own advantages and disadvantages; therefore it is important that you do some research beforehand so that you choose the platform that best suits your needs. Consider factors such as cost, ease of use and customer service when making this decision.

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Preparing to be an Author in 2023

By Team Azuni

Are you dreaming of becoming a published author in the next few years? With the right plan and mindset, it’s possible to make your dream a reality. Writing and publishing a book is a long journey that requires focus, dedication, and patience. Read on for tips on how to kickstart your writing career and make it happen in 2023.

Create A Writing Routine

Writing can be overwhelming if you don’t have any structure or routine. To get into the habit of writing regularly, create a plan and stick with it. Set aside dedicated time each day or week to write. Whether it’s 30 minutes or 3 hours, having consistent writing time helps you stay focused and productive instead of feeling overwhelmed by the task at hand. If you’re really struggling to find time, try getting up 30 minutes earlier than usual or write during lunch breaks—you may be surprised with how much progress you can make!

Find Your Writing Style

Once you have a routine in place, begin experimenting with different writing styles until you find one that works for you. There are so many ways to tell stories; take some time to explore different techniques such as free-writing, dialogue-driven narrative, stream of consciousness, etc., until you find your voice as an author. This will help engage readers while they read your work and keep them wanting more. Also consider joining an online writers group or attending workshops—surrounding yourself with other writers can provide great inspiration and motivation when crafting stories of your own.

Start Building An Audience

Once you have some content ready for publishing, start building an audience by utilizing social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok etc., as well as blogging about topics related to your book (or simply writing). If done correctly this can help increase engagement and interest in your work before its even published! Get creative with marketing strategies such as giveaways and contests—this will help get people excited about what’s coming next from you. Another great way to build hype around your work is partnering up with other authors who already have an established presence online – they may be willing to share something of yours if it’s interesting enough.


Becoming an author isn’t easy but with the right plan in place it’s possible! Creating a writing routine, finding your unique style as an author, and starting to build an audience are all steps that need to be taken before beginning the journey towards publication in 2023. Take some time out of each day/week/month (whichever applies) devoted specifically towards working on this goal – consistency is key! With patience, dedication, creativity – there’s no limit on what can be achieved if one perseveres through the process . Good luck.​​​​​​

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What It Takes To Become a NY Times Best Seller

By Team Azuni

Becoming a New York Times best-selling author is the dream of many aspiring authors. But what criteria do books need to meet in order to hit the coveted NYT Bestseller list? In this blog post, we’ll dive into the requirements for becoming a best-selling author and explore how you can increase your chances of making it on the list.

The Criteria for Making the List

To even be considered for the NY Times Bestsellers list, books must first meet certain criteria. The book must be sold by a select group of retailers that report their sales data to The New York Times. This includes big box stores like Barnes & Noble, online retailers like Amazon, independent bookstores, and specialty stores that focus on specific topics such as cookbooks or children’s literature. For nonfiction books, major book clubs such as Book-of-the-Month Club will also count towards meeting the criteria.

Once these criteria are met, The New York Times then compiles sales data from these retailers and uses it to create its weekly lists—not just its overall Best Sellers list but also its lists broken down by category such as Fiction or Nonfiction. To make it onto one of these lists, books must sell significantly more copies than their competitors within their category in a given week. It’s important to note that while total sales figures are taken into account when compiling the list, they aren’t necessarily the deciding factor; quality is also an important consideration when determining which books make it onto the list.

How You Can Increase Your Chances

So what can you do to increase your chances of making it onto The New York Times Best Sellers list? One way is to focus on pre-sales prior to your book’s release date. Pre-sales are a great way to get people excited about your book and generate early buzz so that once your book does come out, readers will already be familiar with it and ready to purchase it. Additionally, pre-sales often count towards total sales figures taken into consideration when compiling lists (although they may not count towards rankings). So if you can drum up enough pre-sales leading up to your book’s release date, you may have an edge over other titles within its category.


Becoming an NYT best seller is no easy feat; there’s no guarantee that any given title will make it onto this prestigious list regardless of how well written or popular it is. However, with careful planning and smart marketing strategies like focusing on pre-sales before your book’s official launch date, you can increase your chances of hitting The New York Times Best Sellers list – and achieving literary success! With some hard work and dedication (and maybe a little luck!), you could find yourself amongst some of history’s greatest writers. Good luck.

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5 Mistakes You Should Avoid as an Author in 2023

By Azuni Team

Writing has been an integral part of society for centuries—and it still is. As technology continues to evolve, the way authors create and publish their work is changing rapidly. In 2023, the world of writing will be completely different than it is today. With that in mind, there are some mistakes that authors should be aware of and avoid if they want to stay successful. Here are five mistakes to avoid when you’re writing in 2023.

Not Staying Up-To-Date on Technology

Technology advances quickly, and that means authors need to stay on top of the latest trends and tools if they want to stay competitive. This means staying up-to-date on the latest software, understanding how artificial intelligence can help with your writing process (and even writing itself), and understanding the new publishing landscape that is emerging from these technological advancements.

Not Utilizing Automation

Automation can be a great tool for authors who want to streamline their workflow or free up time for other activities. Automation allows you to set up tasks so that they run automatically instead of having you manually do them every time. This can include things like scheduling posts, setting up marketing campaigns, and more. Authors should look into automation options available in 2023 and figure out which ones would be most beneficial for them.

Not Understanding Your Audience

Understanding your audience is key in any kind of writing, but it’s especially important in 2023 because readers have more options than ever before when it comes to content they consume. Knowing what your audience wants will help you create content that resonates with them and keeps them coming back for more, so doing research into who they are and what they’re looking for is essential.

Not Building an Online Presence

Building an online presence is essential for authors in 2023 because this is where most readers will find you first—long before they pick up your book or read one of your articles online or offline. Social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram are great places to start building a presence because you can interact with people who share similar interests or values as you do (or who might become fans!). Having a website dedicated to yourself as an author can also help people find out more about who you are and what kind of books or articles you write without having to search through social media profiles or websites dedicated to other topics entirely.

Not Utilizing Networking Opportunities

Networking with other writers or industry professionals can be a great way to get advice, exposure, feedback, resources, etc., but many writers don’t take advantage of these opportunities enough—especially those just starting out in their career as an author in 2023! Attend conferences when possible (even virtual ones!), join online forums related to writing/publishing/etc., follow influential people in the industry on social media platforms—all these things can help open doors for you and give you much-needed advice from experienced professionals.

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The Top 10 Mistakes New Writers Make

By Phoebe Yu

So you want to write but don’t know where to start? The journey to becoming a published author is a bumpy ride with lots of ups and downs along the way. 

As a new writer learning the ropes you will inevitably make some mistakes. That’s okay, but here’s a list of common mistakes (in no particular order) that will help you avoid them.

1. A Weak Introduction

First impressions are everything. Often, writers will start with a long description of the setting, or a mundane event like waking up from a dream or talking to themselves in a mirror. 

Not only are these clichés, but we don’t learn anything about the story or the character.  

Readers will keep reading when you make them care about a character and their motivations.  Who are they and what do they want?

That’s why the first paragraph – no, the first sentence – is important to hook your readers right away.  For more tips on writing introductions, seehere.

2. Too Much Backstory

Some backstory is good to introduce your character.  But save some for the rest of the book.

Whether you’re writing a thriller, romance, YA, or any other genre, some detective work on the part of the reader is what keeps them curious. 

Besides, too much backstory in the beginning derails the story when it should be moving along.

Give your readers time to get to know your characters and fall in love with them.

3. Lack of Research on Genre

Different genres have their own set of conventions about word count, character ages, etc.Some new writers end up with a manuscript that’s too long, too short or a premise that doesn’t clearly fit into a category. 

Genres exist to make it easier for publishers to market a book and for bookstores to know where to shelve a book.

Even if you’re doing a cross-genre, clearly decide under which category your manuscript falls under.  It will likely fall under one genre more than the other.

If you want to reinvent the wheel and do away with genres, realize the risks you’re taking.  Alternatively, you can always self-publish if you don’t wish to go the traditional route.

4. A Weak Plot

Plotting is one of the most challenging aspects of crafting a story.  No plot = no story. Sometimes writers make the mistake of thinking a series of events equals plot. 

A plot has a beginning, middle and end.  Think back to your high school or creative writing classes regarding the elements of a plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution. 

For more tips on how to outline a plot, see here.

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