Tools, Courses & Resources for Writers

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Ebooks for freelance writers

71 Ways to Make Money as Freelance Writer71 Ways to Earn as a Freelance Writer, from The Write Life: This is our premiere ebook on freelance writing jobs for beginners. It also provides all the practical information you need to get started, including how to pitch, land clients, set rates and create invoices.

Earn More Money as a Freelance Writer, from The Write Life: Successful freelancer Nicole Dieker has grown her freelance earnings to $10K a month, and now she’s sharing the nine achievable strategies that helped her get there. You’ll learn how to maximize your income and grow your freelance business. 

Blogging tools

BlueHost: Used by top bloggers around the world, this web hosting company is known for its customer service, reliability, and the wide range of packages available. Read our post about how to start a blog to understand how BlueHost might be useful for you. Blog hosting starts at just $2.95/month.

Writing software

Vellum: Book-formatting software that’s popular with writers. Here’s our Vellum review if you want to learn more.

Scrivener: A book-writing software program that provides a management system for writers to document and organize notes, research, ideas, etc. Available for both PC and Mac. Check out our Scrivener review to learn more.

Editing software and grammar checkers

ProWritingAid: Easily spot errors in grammar, spelling, style and word choice using this web editor and plugin for Google Docs, MS Word and other writing tools (excluding Mac’s Pages). Here’s our ProWritingAid review.

AutoCrit: This tool for fiction writers analyzes your manuscript to identify areas for improvement, including pacing and momentum, dialogue, strong writing, word choice and repetition. Our full review for AutoCrit is coming soon.

Grammarly: An AI-powered product that checks online grammar, spelling and plagiarism. It’s also available as a Google Chrome and Google Docs plug-in. Read our Grammarly review to see if it’s right for you. 

Tools for writers

Self-Publishing tools

Publisher Rocket: If you’re selling your book on Amazon, you’ll want to use this tool to optimize for the right keywords. Lifetime access costs $97.

Invoicing software 

Freshbooks: This easy-to-use software lets you create and automate invoices, and so much more. Read our full Freshbooks review, or try it free for 30 days. 

Bonsai: Create invoices, log expenses and track your time, plus take advantage of their integrated proposal and contract system.

Harvest: Another invoicing software that also allows you to record expenses and track your time. Test it out in a free 30-day trial.

Marketplaces for hiring editors, designers and more 

Reedsy: A marketplace for authors and the professionals who support them; you can find and hire editors, marketers and designers. This site is a go-to for authors who self-publish. 

Courses for writers

Personal Essay Writing Course, with Amy Paturel: Learn how to write a compelling personal narrative and how to pitch editors to get your essay published. Our full Personal Essay Writing Course review has more details. You can enroll anytime.

Grammar Lion’s Grammar Refresher Course, with Ellen Feld: Writing well starts with good grammar, and this course will give you the foundation every writer and editor needs! It covers commonly misused words, contractions and possessives, punctuation, run-on sentences and much more. You can enroll anytime.

Creative Class, with Paul Jarvis: This class covers the business side of freelancing so you can make a living from your writing. Here’s our full Creative Class review. Get $30 OFF with discount code THEWRITELIFE. If you use that code, you can enroll anytime.

Freelance University, with Craig and Kelly Cannings: Access 80+ courses that will help you with all aspects of running a freelance writing business, as well as social media management, content management, web design, digital media and more. Read our Freelance University review. Enrollment opens a few times each year.

Freelance Writers Den, with Carol Tice: When you join the membership site, you get access to nearly two dozen courses (called “bootcamps”) that cover all aspects of building a freelance writing business, including how to find clients. Here’s our full Freelance Writers Den review. Enrollment opens a few times each year.

DIY MFA (Do-It-Yourself Masters in Fine Arts), with Gabriela Pereira: This creative writing course is an affordable alternative to a traditional Masters in Fine Arts. Learn the skills and habits to write a novel or nonfiction book, and walk away ready to promote your brand, expertise and career as an author. Check out our DIY MFA 101 course review. Enrollment opens a few times each year.

Proofread Anywhere, with Caitlin Pyle: This course covers everything you need to make money as a proofreader. Not only will you learn the nuts and bolts of proofreading, but you’ll also walk away prepared to find freelance work in this field. Read our Proofread Anywhere review. You can enroll anytime.

Transcribe Anywhere, with Janet Shaughnessy: Learn the ins and outs of transcription, so you can land a transcription job. Most of these positions allow you to work from home on your own schedule, so they’re a good income option for writers who want flexibility. You can enroll anytime.

38 Expert Tips for Writers on Medium, with Dave Schools: Here’s your chance to make money by writing on Medium. The course teaches how to use Medium’s Partner Program, plus shares stories of writers who have been successful on the platform and what worked for them. You can enroll anytime.

Learn Scrivener Fast, with Joseph Michael: Scrivener is a popular writing software, but it can be confusing when you first use it. This course is a short-cut to getting the most out of the tool as you write your book. Here’s our full Learn Scrivener Fast review. You can enroll anytime.

Unconventional Guide to Publishing, with Chris Guillebeau: The plan you need to finally share your book with the world. This resource will help you make this your year of becoming an author. Read our review.