Black Friday Deals for Authors 2023 – Don’t Miss Out!

Black Friday Deals for Authors 2023 – Don’t Miss Out!

It's that time of year again!

We've got a whole slew of deals from some of our friends and partners!

Most of these deals are for a limited time only (and some don’t begin until Black Friday or Cyber Monday), so keep an eye on the dates listed to make sure you get the best deal.

We have tried/regularly use a lot of these products, but not all of them. And please note, some of these are affiliate links, which does not change your pricing, but I might get a little thank you if you purchase.

Women in Publishing Summit

The largest virtual summit designed to support women in the publishing industry. Authors, editors, publishers, book marketers, etc come together to build community, network, learn together, and support each other.

Black Friday Offer: Save $125 ($25 off the early bird pricing of $147)

How? Visit and use code BLACKFRIDAY

Sale dates: Until Nov 30



We’re celebrating 10 years in the business of supporting authors with a bundle of 4 of our most popular book marketing workshops for ONLY $10!

Black Friday Offer: 4 Marketing Workshops for only $10

How? Visit to grab the bundle!

Sale dates: Until Nov 30

Fictionary StoryTeller

Looking for a structured approach to edit your book? Fictionary’s groundbreaking software, combined with live expert guidance, gives you the tools and support you need to write an unforgettable story.

1) 40% off StoryTeller Editing Software

Generate a story arc that allows you to see how your structure, characters, plot, and setting compares to best-in-class.

2) 40% off StoryTeller Premium

Premium subscribers get the powerful combination of StoryTeller software and personalised guidance from our Fictionary Certified StoryCoach Instructors. Stay focused and on track by joining our six-week, real-time editing courses. It’s a sure-fire way to get your manuscript over the finish line.

3) 40% off StoryCoach Software

StoryCoach is the only software that allows professional editors to easily deliver comprehensive and objective story feedback and insights to their clients. Clients will love your work, and you’ll have more time to edit more books!

4) 40% off StoryCoach Editor Certification

Fictionary StoryCoach Certification stands out as a unique editing qualification, laser-focused on the art of story editing, not mere copyediting.

Black Friday Offer: 40% off all Fictionary products.

40% off six months of a monthly subscription or

40% off one year of an annual subscription.

How? Sign up or login at and then use code BLACKFRIDAY2023 when upgrading.

Sale dates: Nov 16 – Nov 27.


ProWritingAid gives you clear, easy steps to improve your writing so you can write, edit and share your stories with confidence. ProWritingAid’s real-time feedback and in-depth reports offer world-class grammar, style and consistency checking. Writers strengthen their prose, improve their clarity, and have more time to focus on their story when using ProWritingAid. If you are serious about writing, then this is the grammar and style checker for you.

Black Friday Offer: 50% off all subscriptions, including a lifetime license.

How? Visit

Sale dates: Nov 13 – Nov 29.

Grab ProWritingAid HERE!

The Novel Factory

The Novel Factory is the ultimate novel writing software, and includes character development tools, plot templates, target tracking and so much more. Developed by author, Katja Kaine, the software includes a wealth of writing advice, which helps new writers master the craft and more established writers hone and perfect their skills. So many writers have said it has changed their writing lives – allowing them to achieve goals they had been struggling with for years. It’s completely free to try for 30 days, so why not see if it lives up to the hype?

Black Friday Offer: 30% off a one-year license

Grab it here!

Sale dates: Nov 15 – Nov 24.

Helping Writers Become Authors

Elevate your writing game with this arsenal of resources from Helping Writers Become Authors! K.M. Weiland’s popular writing books offer expert guidance on plot, character, and story structure. Take it a step further with interactive workbooks (including the Outlining Your Novel Workbook software) that can turn your knowledge into practical skills. Dive deep into character development with the Creating Character Arcs Course, and don’t miss the unique Archetypal Character Guided Meditations for delving into your characters’ minds and dreaming up new story ideas. Whether you’re a budding writer or seasoned wordsmith, these tools from Helping Writers Become Authors tools will enhance your storytelling prowess. Invest in your writing journey today!

Black Friday Offer: 25% off all products in the store

How? Visit

Sale dates: Nov 13 – Nov 27.

Jenna Moreci – Free Ebook

Are you struggling to finish, or even start your novel? Are you overwhelmed by the many steps in the writing process, drowning in endless drafts, or creatively blocked? Shut Up and Write the Book is a step-by-step guide to crafting a novel from your first spark of an idea to the final edit. Whether you’re brand new to writing or wanting to hone your skills, this action plan provides straightforward advice while demystifying the art of storytelling.

Black Friday Offer: 50% off Shut Up and Write the Book ebook

How? Visit

Sale dates: Nov 24 – Dec 1

One Stop for Writers

Ready for a game-changer? Look no further than One Stop for Writers – your ultimate storytelling companion. Our groundbreaking tools will help you craft characters with true depth, invent fresh and captivating plots, and construct immersive worlds that your readers won’t want to leave. Whether you’re just starting your journey or need an extra push to get your book to the finish line, our Storyteller’s Roadmap guides you as you plan, write, and revise, and our one-of-a-kind Description Thesaurus database will help you master show-don’t-tell, so only your best prose makes it to the page.

Black Friday Offer: 40% off a Six-Month Plan

How? Visit

Sale dates: Nov 24 – Dec 1

Sacha Black

Do you want to improve your prose, characters or storytelling? Join rebel author, podcaster, and bestselling author Sacha Black for her writing classes, books and audiobooks.

Black Friday Offer: 30% off Books and Courses

How? Visit and use code BLACKFRIDAY30

Sale dates: Nov 20 – Dec 3

Atticus – Book formatting software

Transform your writing journey with—the all-in-one powerhouse for book writing and formatting. Forget juggling multiple tools; Atticus brings you a sleek, intuitive platform that takes you from draft to publish-ready masterpiece effortlessly. is your non-negotiable companion if you’re ready to publish like a pro.

Black Friday Offer: Free Course with every purchase of Atticus: Publishing for Indie Authors

How? Visit

Sale dates: Nov 22-27


Scribophile is one of the web’s largest online writing communities and workshops. Writers of all skill levels join to make friends, finish their novels, help each other improve, take writing classes, and meet beta readers.

Black Friday Offer: 30% off a Scribophile Premium membership

How? Visit:

Sale dates: Until Nov 30


Self-publishing platform with a global reach Easily self-publish ebooks online, audiobooks, and print books to thousands of stores worldwide. One click, publish everywhere.

Black Friday Offer: Subscribe to our annual plan, and get 12 months of service for the price of 9.

How? Visit:

Sale dates: Until Dec 31


Novlr is the first writer-owned creative writing workspace that lets you focus on what’s most important- your words. Our smart design is distraction-free, writing streaks and goals keep you motivated, advanced analytics provide insights into your best writing times, and automatic cloud syncing keeps your work safe. You will be more productive on Novlr.

Black Friday Offer: $50 off an annual subscription of Novlr Pro

How? Visit and use code BLACKFRIDAY23

Sale dates: Until Dec 31

First Editing

FirstEditing’s professional editors correct and perfect every word so you can publish your manuscript confidently and successfully. You get an expert editor in your genre to personally edit your writing, revise your syntax, and advise you on how to develop and structurally strengthen your writing. They choose their best editor for your project which allows you to save time and energy while avoiding the frustration of “shopping” for a freelancer. Their editors are vetted, trained, and certified experts with publishing experience who can coach you too. Plus, you’ll receive a satisfaction guarantee and a FREE editing sample of your writing.

Black Friday Offer: 21% Off Any professional editing service including Certified Structural Editing, Book Coaching, and more.

But we've got an even better deal! Use our Women in Publishing Summit deal and get 25% off!

How? Grab Your deal here!

Sale dates: Nov 25 – Dec 5

Self Publishing Advice Conference (SelfPubCon)

Get unrestricted access to the full archive of the Self-publishing Advice Conference, SelfPubCon, including the recent Success Mindset for Indie Authors conference! SelfPubCon, the Self-Publishing Advice Conference, runs in association with the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and runs once a year, featuring the cream of self-publishing authors and advisors. The access passes give six-month or lifetime access to an extensive conference archive featuring self-publishing advisors like Jane Friedman, Mark Dawson, Joanna Penn, Anna Featherstone, Karen Inglis, Russell Nohelty, Ricardo Fayet, Orna Ross and 100+ more.

Black Friday Offer: 50% off a 6-month or lifetime all-access pass.

How? Visit: and use code: BLACKFRIDAY23

Sales dates: Until Nov 30

Publisher Rocket – one of our FAVORITE tools!

Publisher Rocket is the world’s leading book marketing software that has helped over 70,000+ authors of all levels sell more books, and save loads of time doing it. It comes from Dave Chesson, the brains behind Kindlepreneur, so you know you’re in safe hands!

Black Friday Offer: Get the Kindlepreneur Keywords and Categories Course for Free with Publisher Rocket Book Marketing Software (Normally $50)

How? Grab your deal here!

Sale dates: Nov 21-29

Myth HQ

From Jason Hamilton (aka The Nerdy Novelist on YouTube), comes AI Storyteller Premium, which is a thorough training platform designed to help authors navigate the world of AI, finish a book, and publish it using AI tools, but without sacrificing the quality of the book itself.

Black Friday Offer: Get the membership for $27 a month (normally $47/month) and get the book, 10,000 Words an Hour, for free with your free trial.

How? Visit

Sale dates: Nov 20-Dec 21

Writers Room Membership

The Writers Room is the world’s fastest growing virtual community for writers who want to master the craft and make a living as a writer. Led by Maxwell Alexander Drake – Comic Con San Diego’s pre-eminent writing instructor – Join regular writing sessions, critique pods, develop circles, story intensives and more.

Black Friday Offer: 50% off your first three months.

How? Visit

Sale dates: Nov 21-28


MasterWriter is the most powerful suite of writing tools ever assembled in one program. Why struggle to find the right word when you can have all the possibilities in an instant?

Black Friday Offer: 40% Off a 1 or 2-Year License


Sale dates: Nov 15-Dec 1

I haven’t had the opportunity to try out everything on this list, so I'm not officially recommending any of these products or services (beyond ProWritingAid, FirstEditing, PublisherRocket, Fictionary, and PublishDrive – of which I use all of and love!) Also, some of the links above are affiliate links, and some are are not.

I hope you find something that works for your needs!

Write on!


Alexa Bigwarfe

Publishing Consultant and Book Marketing Expert


PublishHER Podcast Episode 111: Writing About the Things That Matter: Dr. Tameka Ellington

PublishHER Podcast Episode 111: Writing About the Things That Matter: Dr. Tameka Ellington

Continuing our discussion on using books to write about the things that matter and advocate for knowledge, understanding, and change, this episode is an interview with Dr. Tameka Ellington and her decision to write the book: “Black Hair in a White World”

This episode sheds light on the importance of addressing sensitive issues that matter to you through writing. It also provides insight into the challenges of promoting books that address sensitive topics and emphasizes the significance of understanding and acceptance, making it a must-listen for writers and readers aspiring to tackle social justice issues.

Books and resources can be such an important tool in helping us create empathy, knowledge, and understanding. It's critical to humanize the experiences of others and learn from their stories. – Dr. Tamika Ellington

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Dr. Ellington's journey to write this book, despite it being outside of her normal areas of focused
  • Why she was so passionate about bringing the topic of Black hair to the forefront
  • Writing about difficult topics
  • Why writers shouldn't be afraid to bring their message to the world
  • Tips for authors who do want to advocate/ bring about activism through the books
  • Her book, Black Hair in a White World

Societal Impact and Meaningful Change That Matters

Dr. Ellington's work offers a deep dive into the significance of black hair in the societal context, shedding light on its historical, cultural, and aesthetic connotations. By unraveling this subject, she aims at encouraging a better understanding of the black community, thus bringing about meaningful societal change. The subsequent awareness can perhaps pave the way for eliminating biases, thereby fostering a more inclusive society.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the need for legislation like the Crown Act to prevent discrimination and foster inclusivity.
  • Extend the conversation on sensitive topics to various areas of society, shedding light on its significance and implications.
  • Promote empathy, understanding, and knowledgethrough your writing to inspire positive social transformation.


Memorable Moments:

00:01:31 – Dr. Tamika Ellington's Background and Inspiration
Dr. Tamika Ellington shares her journey from fashion design to academic research on black hair and body image. Her work has led to the publication of multiple books, including “Black Hair in a White World.”

00:11:31 – Advice for Addressing Social Justice Topics in Writing
Dr. Tamika advises maintaining authenticity and truth when addressing social justice issues in writing. Authenticity plays a key role in successfully navigating controversial topics and making a meaningful impact.

00:23:39 – Knowledge, Compassion, and Understanding
Tameka and Alexa emphasize the power of knowledge in fostering compassion and understanding for social justice issues. They discuss the importance of learning about and empathizing with others' experiences to create a more inclusive and equitable society.

00:29:37 – Target Audience and Community Outreach
Tameka shares her target audience, focusing on empowering black women and girls, as well as working with organizations and corporate offices with women's ERG groups. She highlights the importance of community outreach in her work.

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2024 Silver Sponsor: FirstEditing

2024 Silver Sponsor: FirstEditing

Every author needs an editor. No matter what you’re writing, no matter how great your prose is, having an editor is a must.

But hiring an editor can be complicated. Where do you find one? How do you figure out a working relationship? How do you know they really know what they’re talking about? 

JoEllen Nordstrom founded FirstEditing to make writers’ lives easier. She understood the importance of finding the right editor for authors at all stages of their book and careers. She created FirstEditing as a simple, elegant solution to connecting them. 

I’m so grateful that FirstEditing has again joined the Women in Publishing Summit as a Silver sponsor. We love their company for creating a more connected world, and we appreciate their support! 

What does FirstEditing do? 

FirstEditing provides professional Editing Services for fiction and nonfiction writers. They have served over 50,000 authors since 1994! 

FirstEditing is a one-stop shop to connect writers with editors. Rather than needing to search out your own editor on the dozens of freelance websites out there, First Editing makes hiring the right person for your work simple. 

But what really sets this company apart is that every editor on the team has professional credentials, AND they can back it up. So you’re not just getting a self-proclaimed “expert,” but someone who’s been proven and screened to be an effective industry professional.

Their editors are certified story coaches, bringing expertise on the 38 story elements to evaluate your novel. You’ll get actionable feedback on your story arc, structure, characters and so much more.

In addition to traditional editing, FirstEditing offers academic editing as well. This means they have subject matter experts with the verified educational credentials to help prep your work for journals, nonfiction publication and peer review. So even if your work isn’t fiction or creative nonfiction, you can still find an editor who can dig in and make sure your final work is as good as it can be. 

What kind of author needs FirstEditing?

Any author in search of editing support will benefit from working with FirstEditing and their team of trained industry experts. No matter your genre of publication goals, every author deserves a great partner in a qualified, experienced editor. First Editing can make that happen for you.

How can I learn more about FirstEditing?

Head to the FirstEditing website to learn more about the services they provide for authors. Be sure to take advantage of their special offer:

Get 25% OFF Editing: Receive a one-time 25% OFF Editing coupon valid for any service purchased before December 31, 2024. Lock in your price today! Plus register to Win a FREE Developmental Edit of your book worth up to $1000!

Come meet JoEllen Nordstrom and ask all of your questions at the Women in Publishing Summit!

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PublishHER Podcast Episode 110: The Raging Grannies – Sharing Your Story & Social Justice Messaging through a book with Samantha Wilson

PublishHER Podcast Episode 110: The Raging Grannies – Sharing Your Story & Social Justice Messaging through a book with Samantha Wilson

Captivated by the merging of publishing and social justice, Samantha Wilson has found a unique way to use books as a tool for emotional marketing among Gen Z and Millennial readers.

With Gen Z and Millennial readers hungry for meaningful content, Samantha's approach taps into the untapped potential of books as a medium for emotional marketing and social change. Through her innovative strategies and emphasis on authenticity and engagement, Samantha is revolutionizing the way books are used as a force for good.

Books are an untapped market for marketing, especially among Gen Z and Millennials who are conscious consumers. These generations have a strong emotional connection to books, and it's a place where you can build trust, engagement, and authenticity while addressing important social justice issues. – Samantha Wilson

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The power of storytelling in promoting social justice issues and how to amplify your message through books; story telling as a form of activism
  • The impact that books can have in raising awareness about social justice issues and gain insights on how to effectively engage readers.
  • The unique and powerful role that books can play in emotional marketing among Gen Z and Millennial readers, connecting with them on a deeper level.
  • The value of collaboration and the expansion of services in the publishing industry, and learn how to leverage partnerships to amplify social justice efforts through books.
  • Insights into how to leverage books as a platform to create various productions and platforms for social justice stories, expanding the reach and impact of your message.


Your Book As a Tool For Social Change

Learning how to effectively use books as a tool for social change requires a mix of creativity, strategic thinking, and passion for the cause you're advocating for. Authors should tap into their readers' emotions, using storytelling as a potent hook to keep them engaged and invested in the cause. To maximize impact, consider implementing meaningful calls to action in your narrative and form strategic partnerships to amplify your message.

Key Takeaways

  • Discover the transformative power of storytelling in promoting social justice issues and learn how to amplify your message through books.
  • Uncover the profound impact that books can have in raising awareness about social justice issues and gain insights on how to effectively engage readers.
  • Explore the unique and powerful role that books can play in emotional marketing among Gen Z and Millennial readers, connecting with them on a deeper level.
  • Understand the value of collaboration and the expansion of services in the publishing industry, and learn how to leverage partnerships to amplify social justice efforts through books.
  • Gain insights into how to leverage books as a platform to create various productions and platforms for social justice stories, expanding the reach and impact of your message.

Memorable Moments:

00:01:09 – Samantha's Background,
Samantha shares her journey as an activist, starting with animal rights and climate justice in 2010. She discusses her experience studying ethical fashion in India and how it led her to combine her passion for social justice with publishing and marketing.

00:07:30 – The Power of Publishing for Nonprofits,
Samantha discusses the unique power of publishing for nonprofit organizations. She explains how books can serve as a vessel to spread their mission, educate and inspire readers, and attract donations, volunteers, and impact sponsors.

00:10:46 – Using Books for Marketing and Call to Action,
Samantha provides tips on how authors can use their books for marketing and achieving their desired outcomes. She emphasizes the importance of reaching out to influencers, bloggers, and journalists, and thinking about the call to action readers should take after reading the book.

00:17:01 – Partnering with Small Businesses for Social Impact,
The guest discusses how partnering with small businesses can help generate revenue for nonprofits while also promoting the businesses themselves. This creates a win-win situation where both parties benefit and contribute to social impact.

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2024 Silver Sponsor: Speak Write Play

2024 Silver Sponsor: Speak Write Play

The 2024 Women in Publishing Summit is excited to announce that Speak Write Play is joining us as a Silver Sponsor this year.

Speak Write Play offers many services for self-publishing authors including editing, proofreading, and translation services. They have skilled content writers, editors, and translators. They work to maintain your voice in order to communicate with your audience effectively. It doesn't matter if you're a first-time author or a seasoned independent author – their services are for everyone!

They provide editing and proofreading services that will ensure that every piece of your content presents you and your brand in the best light. This includes blog posts, articles, newsletters, and more. They strive to help you connect with your audience through content.

And as if that wasn't enough, they also offer translation services. If you're looking to have your book translated to French or Spanish, they have skilled translators that can make it happen.

If you'd like to learn more about Speak Write Play, you can visit their website right here.

SWP has an amazing offer for our conference attendees and community as well. Our community will receive 20% off manuscript editing and French and Spanish book translation services!

We'll have an exclusive webinar with Speak Write Play in 2024 so you can learn all about their services! We have heard great feedback from our community members who have worked with Ethleen and her team!

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