So there are a variety of softwares that aspiring authors can use to write their first books. In this video I’m going to be featuring softwares that I personally use and also softwares that I suggest for my clients. The first software is iBooks Author. This software comes already installed on Mac computers and is perfect for bloggers and influencers who are looking to create ebooks for their audience and want to sell it directly from their own website or blog. For example, I use the software to create my ebooks How To Do Research and How To Find Beta Readers. These are both smaller books with beneficial information for my audience, but won’t make as much sense to sell in paperback format. So what I love about iBooks Author is that it has great templates for aspiring authors to work from. They offer different layouts such as, landscape, portrait and epub and the ePub option is useful in accommodating different devices and orientations such as a mobile phone or an iPad. The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a template. For the sake of this video I’m going to choose the classic template to show you just how simple this software is. What I love about iBooks Author is the fact that your book is formatted while you are writing, whereas with other softwares you may need to do additional formatting in order to publish to paperback or Kindle version. So if you were to use this template, you can just change the photo, update the title and insert your text. There’s also a table of contents and when you’re ready to add a new page there are additional options that you can choose for your pages layout. Another software I use is Microsoft Word, which is pretty popular among first-time authors, but is a paid software that is a part of the office 365 package, which includes other softwares like Excel and PowerPoint. Now this software is perfect for long-form books. So this is going to be for those of you who are looking to create a book that you publish in paperback or Kindle version. I really like the newest version of this software because like Google Docs, which we’ll talk about next, it saves your document as you write and you don’t have to worry about losing your most recent draft. This web-based software also offers collaboration features, which basically means you can share your document with your writing coach, editor, beta reader all with just a click. Because Word is online, it can be easily accessed from any device. If you’d like to learn more about how to write your manuscript in Word, I’ll link the video I recently did on the screen and in the description box. And if you’re looking to learn more about the software’s electronics and apps I used to write my books make sure to check out the description box and grab my FREE PDF that contains clickable links to all of the softwares I mentioned in this video and more. Next up is Google Docs, which is a favorite for authors looking for a free software option. Simply log into your Google account from any browser and then open docs.google.com. While most of us have used Word for everything from resumes to work documents, Google Docs is a great alternative. Like Word, it’s also perfect for long-form books and it’s also web-based, offers collaboration features and has very similar features to Word for average users. If you’d like to learn more about how to write your manuscript in Google Docs, I’ll also link that video on the screen and in the description box. Final Draft 10 is most known for being a screenwriting software, which is what I use it for. But it can also be used to write your manuscript, and even for those of you who write graphic novels. Final draft comes with templates for your manuscript, the query letter you send to a literary agent, a novel and even your outline. So like Word this software is also a paid software and it’s perfect for authors who don’t want to deal with formatting as much of this is handled within Final Draft in itself.