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 womeninpublishingsummit.com and use code BLACKFRIDAY

Sale dates: Until Nov 30

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Write|Publish|Sell

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 writepublishsell.com/marketing-bundle 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 https://fictionary.co and then use code BLACKFRIDAY2023 when upgrading.

Sale dates: Nov 16 – Nov 27.


ProWritingAid

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 prowritingaid.com

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 www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/25-off-all-books-courses-software-and-meditations-for-black-friday

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 books2read.com/suawtb

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 onestopforwriters.com/blackfriday

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 sachablack.thinkific.com and use code BLACKFRIDAY30

Sale dates: Nov 20 – Dec 3


Atticus – Book formatting software

Transform your writing journey with Atticus.io—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. Atticus.io 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 www.atticus.io

Sale dates: Nov 22-27


Scribophile

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: www.scribophile.com/join/black-friday

Sale dates: Until Nov 30


PublishDrive

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: account.publishdrive.com/register/black-friday-2023

Sale dates: Until Dec 31


Novlr

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 novlr.org/black-friday 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: selfpublishingadviceconference.com/access-passes/ 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 storyhacker.ai/special-offer-1

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 writersroom.us/girlfriday

Sale dates: Nov 21-28


Masterwriter

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

Visit: https://www3.masterwriter.com/store/licensepromotion.do?dcn=10387&writer_type=2

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

Alexa Bigwarfe

Publishing Consultant and Book Marketing Expert

Write|Publish|Sell

PublishHER Podcast Episode 105: DIY your MFA with guest Gabriela Pereira

PublishHER Podcast Episode 105: DIY your MFA with guest Gabriela Pereira

Are you a fiction or genre writer looking to take your craft to the next level? Join DIY MFA, where founder Gabriela Pereira empowers writers to succeed in their chosen genres with their unique approach to teaching.

In this episode, our guest Gabriela Pereira will debunk some writing myths about whether you need an MFA to be a good writer and help you develop a stronger foundation for success in your chosen genres.

DIY MFA provides a space for self-starters who want to learn and succeed in their chosen genres. – Gabriela Pereira

In this episode, you'll be able to:

  • Understand how DIY MFA homes in on fiction and genre writers, opening up new avenues of storytelling and engagement.
  • Gain insights into the unique analytical techniques taught by DIY MFA, geared towards enriching your literary perspective and writing abilities.
  • Recognize the convenience and adaptability of DIY MFA's courses, designed to accommodate diverse interest levels and schedules.
  • Uncover the smooth enrollment procedure and the ready accessibility of DIY MFA's courses, bringing superior writing instruction to your doorstep.
  • Grasp the fundamental values of this program and their indispensable part in guiding your literary journey, inspiring originality, and enhancing your narrative capacity.

 

DIY MFA's distinct focus on genre and fiction writers

Gabriela Pereira's program provides unique support for genre and fiction writers. The organization stands out by working to fill the gap often left by traditional MFA programs, which typically exclude specialization in genres like romance or cozy mystery. This distinct focus ensures these writers receive the guidance and resources they need to excel in their craft.

Key Takeaways

  • DIY MFA helps genre and fiction writers to learn the strategies and techniques peculiar to these writing genres.
  • Unveil the reading strategies and analytical tools taught by DIY MFA, aiming to empower and streamline your writing process.
  • Get familiar with the tailored adaptability and ease-of-access of DIY MFA's courses, facilitating writing education tailored to your needs.

Memorable Moments:

00:01:17 – The Beginnings of DIY MFA,
Gabriella shares the story of how DIY MFA started as an idea after her graduation from a traditional program. She explains how the concept gained traction through a blog post and an experiment in September 2010, and how it eventually grew into a business model.

00:06:03 – Taking an Entrepreneurial Approach,
Alexa and Gabriella discuss the importance of taking an entrepreneurial approach to writing and how DIY MFA helps writers do just that. They highlight the opportunities that have arisen due to the boom in self-publishing and the need for writers to build their own author platforms.

00:08:01 – The Three Components of DIY MFA,
Gabriella explains the three components of DIY MFA: writing with focus, reading with purpose, and building a community. She discusses how DIY MFA addresses both the craft and motivation/productivity aspects of writing, as well as the importance of reading widely and strategically.

00:13:56 – DIY MFA's Focus on Fiction Writing,
DIY MFA primarily focuses on fiction and memoir writing, providing resources and courses for writers with a narrative or storyline. However, they also welcome poets, essayists, and genre fiction writers who are often overlooked by traditional programs.

00:15:12 – Meeting the Needs of Genre Writers,
DIY MFA recognizes the lack of MFA programs that specialize in genre fiction writing. They aim to fill this gap by offering resources and instruction specifically tailored to genre writers, helping them improve their craft and find the support they need.

Learn more at:

Visit the DIY MFA website: This is the official website of Gabriela Pereira's program. Here, you can find information about the program, including courses, resources, and community opportunities.

Check out the DIY MFA book: Gabriela Pereira is the author of DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, and Build Your Community. This book is a comprehensive guide to creating your own experience and is available for purchase on various online platforms, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For more information check out Gabriela's LinkedIn profile or follow her on social media.

Want more tips for fiction authors? Here are a few recent podcast episodes:
PublishHER Podcast Episode 104: Using Archives to Write Your Book with Amy Tector

PublishHER Podcast Episode 104: Using Archives to Write Your Book with Amy Tector

Amy Tector and Alexa Bigwarfe discuss using archives for both research and setting in your novels. Amy is the author of THE HONEYBEE EMERALDS, a book club fiction set in Paris and THE FOULEST THINGS, a murder mystery set in Ottawa.

If you're feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the lack of historical accuracy and engaging details in your writing, despite your best efforts to research, then you need to try using archives. Throughout the episode, Amy highlights how they can contribute to the authenticity and richness of a narrative, offering unique historical details and unexpected stories. She encourages writers not to shy away from archives and explores the accessibility of these valuable resources.

Archives give you the unfiltered life, the unexpected things that were never created with a purpose, making them a great resource for writers. – Amy Tector

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The indispensable contribution of archives in supplementing research and crafting insightful write-ups.
  • How to exploit them for polished research work essential in writing.
  • Amy Tector's riveting encounter with using primary sources from archives to fuel her literary creations.
  • Canada's National Archives Library and Archives Canada collection of historical records and documents.
  • Why you should explore the archive department in your local area or the archives related to your specific writing interests to uncover hidden stories and insights.
  • Consider incorporating archival research into your own writing process to bring a unique perspective and depth to your stories.
  • The importance of encouraging people to support indie authors by buying their books and spreading the word!
  • Amy Tector's debut novel, The Honeybee Emeralds, available now.

 

Uncovering the Role of Archives

Archives act as a treasure trove of history, housing original, unpublished materials. They're akin to libraries but hold a distinct, more candid take on past events, people and societies. Understanding and utilizing these distinct resources can inject an authentic flavor into writing, enhancing its immersive quality. The digitization of certain resources has eased access, though a significant portion still requires in-person visits. Seizing the potential of these unique records can deliver a riveting experience, giving writers the extraordinary opportunity to touch and connect with materials once held by historical figures.

Key Takeaways

  • Archives magnify the value of history and enhance a writer’s perspective.
  • Learn essential strategies for leveraging archived materials to construct a well-researched and informed narrative.
  • Walk alongside Amy Tector as she unfolds her adventure of incorporating archives in her masterpiece mystery novels.
  • Get acquainted with the open-access nature of your local archive department and the support extended by reference archivists.

Memorable Moments:

00:07:38 – Using Archives for Research,
Before visiting an archive, it's essential to have a good understanding of your research topic. Primary materials are unique, so knowing where to find them requires prior knowledge. Many archive departments still require in-person visits, offering the experience of physically touching historical documents.

00:11:21 – Amy Tector's Journey with Archives,
Amy's interest in writing and history led her to a career in archiving. She worked as a reference archivist, answering research questions and discovering countless story ideas. Her novels, including “The Dominion Archives Mysteries,” are heavily influenced by her experiences and fascination.

00:16:05 – Using Archives for Storytelling,
Amy Tector discusses their value in storytelling, particularly for authors writing historical fiction or stories with a historical element. While they can be intimidating, there are reference archivists available to help researchers navigate and access the information they need.

Want more tips for fiction authors? Here are a few recent podcast episodes: