5 Great Gifts for Writers
including Black Friday deals for the tech savvy novelist
Despite the stereotype of the unshaven, chain-smoking Luddite typing away on an old Smith Corona in a darkened room, most writers I know are pretty tech-savvy. For all the writers out there who are happily moving along with the times, here are 5 great gifts for writers.
Livescribe – who says you can’t have your Moleskin and your smarten too?
Livescribe is offering an amazing $70 off its Livescribe 3 Pro smarten, bringing the cost for this fantastic gadget down from $199 to $129.95. And you can get the Livesribe 3 for just $99, which is a savings of $50 from the regular price of $149. If you haven’t met Livescribe, it’s time to! I use mine to write stories, scenes, blog posts, and more in a physical notebook. The Livescribe app then translates all that garbled handwriting into actual text that you can download to Evernote and elsewhere. It’s the closest thing to magic I’ve seen in accessible tech.
Read my original review of Livescribe.
Livescribe has teamed up with Moleskine to make this highly efficient process even more beautiful. Write in your Livescribe Moleskine notebook (which has the feel and classic beauty of your old Moleskins), and watch your words magically appear on your iPad screen. Better yet, everything you write can be synced automatically to Evernote, so that your handwriting can be searched in the same way you would search typed text. Amazing, right?
Online Writing Classes with The The Book Doctor
Stuck in your novel? Want to brush up on craft? Need deadlines to help you finish your novel or stories? Get serious, get inspired, and rev up your writing practice with an online writing class. Over at The Book Doctor, get $20 off Writing the Short Story, an eight-week class in narrative craft. Intermediate to advanced writers who are writing or revising a novel can get $50 off of the Online Novel Writing Master Class, which begins in January.
Blurb – publish your book with ease and style
If you’re taking the plunge into self-publishing, Blurb is a great place to start. Beautiful templates and intuitive software make Blurb’s book publishing tools one of the better options out there. You can even create a beautiful landing page to sell your books from the Blurb website and elsewhere. Blurb has done a lot of the heavy lifting, to simplify the design and publishing of your book.
WPEngine – savvy web hosting for author sites and everything else
Every author needs a website. Only those with lots of expendable income should pay someone to do it for them. WordPress is, in my my mind, the best way by far to run an author website. It’s super easy to add new books, interviews, pages, posts–anything your heart desires. Endless options for free and premium themes make WordPress a no-brainer for authors who want to present their work to the world. From pay portals to social sharing to press kits, a WordPress site can do it all. And no one does WordPress better than WPEngine. WPEngine hosts sites of any size and provides top notch security and support to keep your website looking and feeling professional.
Now, WPEngine is offering 30% off your first month’s hosting
One Kings Lane – for writing desks, organizers, and all things lovely
I love working in a beautiful space. One Kings Lane has gorgeous desks, comfy chairs, practical trays, and all kinds of fun desk accessories. Check out Black Friday deals at One Kings Lane. Pictured: the Dinora Writing Desk and the Weston Desk Lamp. New members always get 15% off their first purchase.