10 Apps to Help You Be More Efficient as a Writer

10 Apps to Help You Be More Efficient as a Writer by Frances CaballoJoanna Penn refers to herself as a creative entrepreneur. Guess what? So are you.

Anyone who endeavors to write a book, self-publish it, and market it to improve sales is a creative person who is in business for himself or herself. Producing and selling books is a business and it’s important to see yourself as a publishing entrepreneur.

Here’s a question for you: Do you want to write one book or do you want to write as many books as you possibly can? The reality of being a self-published author is that the more books you write, the more books you’ll sell. The second book will help to sell the first book, and the third book will boost the sales of the second book. It’s true.

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This line of thinking brings me to this question that I want you to consider: do you want to be a productive entrepreneur? In other words, do you want to fit writing lots of books into your already busy life?

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6 Cool New Apps for Writers

He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life.

—Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, dramatist

7-7-14Getting lost in the vortex of time while navigate the Internet is easy, and it’s the greatest fear among writers who are new to social media.

However, you can avoid the temptations of the Internet if you have a plan and stick to its execution. The first step is to curate your potential tweets and other social media updates with care. But first you need to develop a system.

I don’t spend hours curating information every day. Instead, I use my favorite curation methods: I check my Twitter lists, I navigate to Alltop.com to review the day’s best blog posts, and I turn to the experts in my niche to see what they are saying or tweeting.

Throughout the day, I occasionally check some of my curation applications, such as Swayy or Scoop.it. If I find a story or two that I like, I send a quick tweet.

If you haven’t yet curated a list of Tweeps to closely follow or if you’re overwhelmed by the lists of bloggers on Alltop, you might want to consider using one of the applications I mention in my new book, Avoid Social Media Time Suck. Or, you might want to check out the new content curation apps I discuss below.

New Content Curation Apps for Writers

I am always on the lookout for new applications so you can imagine my excitement when I found the following content curation apps.

Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo acts much like a social web search engine. Just type in a term, and it will produce articles on the topic you designate. As an example, I typed in “self-publishing” and the app produced articles as well as the number of times they’ve already been shared on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. You can even filter the results by date and type (Infographics, interviews, videos, etc.), and export the results to an Excel spreadsheet.

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Feedly

Feedly is a news aggregator application that compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources, such as your favorite blogs. On Feedly, you can organize your favorite blogs as well as your news sites, podcasts, and YouTube channels. It can also act as a search engine. When I typed in “self-publishing” I received the following results:

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Daily by Buffer

I was especially excited to hear about this new application, which you’ll find in iTunes. Made for iOS, this application provides content in five categories, including inspiration. It will automatically connect to your Buffer account, which is a scheduling app. All you have to do is scan through the content on your iPhone or iPad and decide whether you want to post the article or delete it. The app will automatically add your save posts to your Buffer schedule and tweet the posts for you. This is the only application I’ve seen that combines content duration with scheduling and unites the two functions into one, seamless action.

Applications that Writers Will Love

BookTrack 

While reading Jane Friedman’s blog recently, I learned about this really cool app. You can use this it to read and hear books for free. Let me add a clarification. You won’t be hearing the words you will be hearing music set to the words. This innovation is adds a whole new dimension to e-reading.

Biosgraphy 

Biosgraphy claims to be a social network for “deeper and meaningful human connection that touches hearts, opens minds and inspires the world through storytelling.” The developers say that this application is about the how and why – how did your life unfold and why do you care about the things you care about. You can use this network to share your poetry, feature articles, display your photo essays, and share your blog posts. The network’s tagline is “Set your story free.” You can submit your email address for early access to this network.

Medium 

Medium is a place where you can literally share your stories. You can use this application to share your words, graphics and images.

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Which application will you be trying out today?

 

About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, the San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+. 

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