Author Resource: Get Creative And Productive With MindMeister📍

A mind map is an effective tool, especially for students and strategists.

All you need to create a mind map is paper, markers and color pencils. You can also doodle on your iPad and chart out your central goal, building your sub-goals around it.

Mind maps are great aids for product design, company planning and even meetings. They are great student aids, allowing young learners to organize thoughts and make the crucial connections that are so important to learning.

Writers mind map a great deal, especially while writing fiction, sequels and screenplays. The best part about a mindmap is that you can list items in no particular order and make colorful annotations. MindMeister is an interesting mind-mapping tool.

How to Use MindMeister?

MindMeister dashboard
A map designed using MindMeister
  • Login to MindMeister’s web app.
  • Click on + New Mind Map and select one of the templates from the list to get started.
  • Click on the plus sign to start the mapping process.
  • Once you double click you can add the first level idea and on pressing enter add subtopics.
  • There is a map limit of 3 maps for a Basic MindMeister user. For unlimited mind maps, you can switch to the paid plan.

Why Use MindMeister?

  • It’s user-friendly.
  • It offers fun formatting features.
  • The drag and drop feature helps you move ideas around.
  • Maps are instantly saved and so you don’t lose anything.
  • You can share your maps with friends and colleagues.

Recommended or not?

A fun tool. Try it.

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Author Resource: Go Zen with Ommwriter

Writing is a peculiar profession. It is a job where you sit at a table a whole lot and stare at a white paper/screen. The mind needs to churn and create the beautiful images that will end up as chapters in your book. Many writers are distracted by the goings-on around them and are unable to be productive enough. Sometimes there is too much noise and sometimes the silence of being alone and writing can be deafening.

Enter Ommwriter.

Why Ommwriter?

This tool has been designed to keep the monkey minds of writers at bay. Ommwriter has a couple of features including:

  • Soothing audio tracks
  • Typewriter sounds when you key in your work
  • Natural backgrounds that will calm your eyes when you look at the screen
Ommwriter experience test
Ommwriter Experience Test- Best with Headphones

Recommended or Not?

Conceptually brilliant but no ipad/iphone versions available. Payment options are also limited.

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Author Resource: Creative Bonanza for Free at Free Illustrations🎨

While writing a book/blog post or even while promoting a book/blog post on social media, you can not ignore the value of illustrated content. Visual impact is key in getting noticed and if you are in need of a quick drawing or two, there are several free illustration sites out there that help you get the kind of images that are relevant to your needs.

Free Illustrations is Fun to Use

Free Illustrations is a simple site to navigate. It’s a one-stop centre for a variety of illustration websites available online.

screengrab of freeillustations site where you can browse for different file types

Browsing through different available file typesAll you have to do is visit the website and pick from a wide range of illustrations, clipart, avatars, etc. Make sure to double check if acknowledgements need to be provided when using these illustrations.

You will have to visit the sites separately and sign in for free downloads.

If you are an illustrator and want to submit free illustrations, you can submit too!

Recommended or Not?

For sure!

Free illustration image

 

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Author Resource: Make a Mark with the Free ISBN Barcode Generator 🦓

Okay, you have applied for an ISBN and got it. Is that the same as the barcode?

ISBN vs Barcode 😕

Barcode is simply a machine-readable version of some information, in case of books the information being the ISBN and/or MRP, so the question of a difference between the two does not arise.

Remember that you need to apply for an ISBN from an agency first and then create the barcode by entering this number into the barcode generator. Random numbers that are entered into a barcode generator won’t provide a valid ISBN.

Having a barcode is a must if the book is going to physical bookstores since this makes it easier for sellers to identify it. For books sold primarily online i.e. eBooks, it doesn’t play much of a role, so it is up to the author whether they need to add a barcode or not.

The barcode is typically placed on the right-hand side of the back cover of a paperback or hardcover.

How Do You Generate your Barcode?

It’s easy. There are multiple free barcode generators online. The Free Barcode Generator | Cognex is easy to use.

Just select the ISBN Code category.

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Select ISBN option

Fill out the 13-digit ISBN.

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Enter the ISBN and download the barcode

Generate your barcode!

Free Barcode Generator: Recommended or Not?

Recommended.

 

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Author Resource: Formatting Made Easy with Kindlepreneur Book Description Generator

When you see a tool like the book description generator, you can get excited as the hardest part about selling a book is getting the blurb or if your book is on an online store, the description right. You may be able to write a book of 80,000 words but how do you summarize it into just 150-200 words or 4000 characters? It’s really hard and a tool will come handy.

So How Does the Kindlepreneur Book Description Generator Give You a Good Blurb?

Wait a minute. The Kindlepreneur Book Description Generator is not going to tell you how to make that first line draw the reader’s attention or explain how you can summarize your protagonist’s story in the most appealing way.

You will have to create an effective description by using effective keywords and crafting an interesting summary.

The book description generator provides a code to enter into an online ebook-selling platform say Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kobo for a perfectly formatted description. So the goal of this tool is formatting.

How the Kindlepreneur Book Description Generator Works

The instructions are clearly stated on the page.

You need to select which platform you want to format the description for as each format has a different set of rules. For instance, Amazon does now use Headings or strikethrough anymore.

There are instructions about how to paste your text without the accompanying CSS.

Depending on which platform you choose, the formatting options that are not available for those options gray out.

Enter the text and format as required.

Then generate the code.

Features and web editor of Kindlepreneur Book description generator
Enter your text and choose the platform where you will be entering your book.
Generated Code which you can copy
Generated Code that you copy into the Book Description

Kindlepreneur Book Description Generator: Recommended or Not?

Yes but not to write your book description, only to format it for specific platforms.

Author Resource: Research the Right Way With Elephind

The internet is a knowledge magnet but if you are a writer and you want some primary sources for your fiction or non-fiction research, a newspaper (even a local one) can spring up a lot of unexpected information. Especially for crime fiction and historical fiction writers, reading the newspapers of a specific period of time can help you trace the narrative arc of how events unfolded at that moment.

With Elephind you can browse through old newspapers and scour headlines to get a feel of the time, language and use of phrase, setting and general milieu or you can do a more specific keyword search to find out more about a specific event.

Four Solutions You Can Find With Elephind

  • Historical newspapers online at one place
  • Search engine with a focus on digitized newspapers
  • . Provides intimations to signed up readers whenever a new newspaper collection is added.
  • Conducts newspaper digitization projects for customers like Cornell, Princeton, the National Libraries of New Zealand and Singapore, etc.

How to Use Elephind

Browse newspaper publications.

screenshot of elephind historical newspaper archive
Search on Elephind

Search using keywords.

Search Results for Titanic on Elephind
Search Results for Titanic

Elephind: Recommended or Not?

Great resource for family historians, genealogists, and researchers.

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Author Resouce: (Free) Mock Up Covers For Marketing with Placeit 📚

Book mockups are an effective marketing tool for your book promo campaign. Placeit offers over 60,000 ready-to-use templates, designs and mockup tools. We will be focusing on the book mockup options they have on offer.

What Kind of Marketing Solutions Does Placeit Provide?

  • Create lead magnets and promo material for social media.
  • The other options available at Placeit allow you to design stationery, mugs, animations, t-shirts and templates. It’s pretty exhaustive.

How to Create Book Covers on Placeit with Free Templates – It’s Easy!

Creating book cover mockups is really simple with this tool- there are 30+ free options. First, you decide if you want your book to be presented as a hardcover or soft cover and against any specific background (wooden table in the instance below). Then click on the image of your choice and upload the front cover of your book from your device or import the image.

screengrab of template of Placeitmockup template featuring hard cover book placed on wooden table
Moving On by Jaya Jha

There is also an option to add text and logo to the image (the image below is slightly altered from the original). The final image is a high-resolution watermark-free one

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Moving On by Jaya Jha- A Romantic Read

Placeit- Recommended or not?

Worth trying. This tool is free and the image created is commercially usable.

 

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Author Resource: Use Freedom App for Distraction-free Writing Time 💂

We live in a world of excess. There is no shortage of apps and writing tools. What we really need is time to execute our projects. If we are perennially distracted by social media, how will we work-from-homers get the job done?

Freedom app is a website blocker. Since going down the internet rabbit hole is what writers end up doing, this is the app that could get them to write instead!

Five Benefits of the Freedom App

  • Focus on your goals and work towards them
  • Productivity
  • Control over what you do with your time
  • Block the internet when you are using your device
  • Choose what you want to block and schedule distraction-free times

How to Use the Freedom App- It’s Easy!

Download the app. It works on Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, and Chrome. You can do the seven-use free trial and then go for the monthly, yearly or forever plan.

Screengrab of freedom app website blocker
What does the Freedom app block?

Freedom App: Recommended or Not?

For sure.

 

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India Public Domain 2021: Seventeen Indian Authors whose Works are Entering the Public Domain in 2021

Hello 2021! It’s that time of year again. Every year on January 1, the copyright of a number of creative works expires and they enter the public domain in India and in other countries of the world.

The criteria for creating this list for 2021 is that the author died in the calendar year 1960 and the work was published before his death. In case the work was published after the author’s death, it will only come out of copyright after 60 years from the date of publication.

Check out the Public Domain Lists we have created in the previous years: 2012,20132014, 201520162017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

What happens when the work enters the public domain? It is now free to be republished, translated, and converted to different formats.

We have collected the data from various sources including Wikipedia and other online sources, some of which we will be linking here. Please intimate us if you come across any errors and let us know if you are aware of any other authors from India who died in 1960.

Sripada Krishnamurty Sastry (1866- 1960)

Sripada Krishnamurty Sastry was a prolific writer in Telugu and the first poet laureate of Andhra Pradesh. His works include Sri Krishnasweeyacharitam, an autobiography in Sanskrit. He won many awards including the Padma Sri in 1958.

A book by the author here.

Indira Devi Chaudhurani  (1873 – 1960)

Indira Devi Chaudhurani was born to the Tagore family. She grew up in England and corresponded regularly with Rabindranath Tagore. She was well-versed in Bengali, French and English and used her language skills to translate Rabindranath’s works. Indira was a strong proponent of women’s issues and also had a keen interest in classical music.

Click here to see the book with letters that Tagore wrote to Indira Devi.

An interview: Interview of Indira Debi Choudhurani–Interview by Khitish Roy (1960) – YouTube

M. Raghava Iyengar (1878–1960)

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M. Raghava Iyengar

Raghava Iyengar was a well-known Tamil literature scholar, editor and professor. He worked on establishing the time periods of the old Tamil Poets and focused primarily on the Alwars. He collaborated with Pandithurai Thevar to promote the Tamil Language. He also collaborated with the archeologist T.N. Gopinatha Rao to understand the temple inscriptions of Tamil Nadu. He has authored twenty books including Toklaapia Poruladikaara Araichi, Alvargal Kaala Nilai, Alvargal Varalaru, Kesava Perumal Erattai Mani Malai and many others.

A. Chakravarti (1880 –1960)

Chakravarti served the Indian Educational Service (IES) and was a professor of philosophy at the Presidency College in Chennai, India. He is most famous for translating the Tirukkural, a classic Tamil language text consisting of 1330 short couplets, into English in 1953.

Navaratna Rama Rao (1877 – 1960)

Navaratna Rama Rao was an Indian writer, lawyer and scholar based in Mysore. He was pivotal in the establishment of the silk Industry in Mysore and the Central Silk Board of India. He was well-versed in French, English and Kannada and translated Masti’s Kannada novel Chenna Basava Nayaka to English and Niccolò Machiavelli’s book The Prince to Kannada. He chronicled the lives of the Mysore dynasty rulers and wrote extensively on Shakespeare’s work.

You can read his memoir published by his two grandchildren, Navaratna Srinivasa Rajaram and Rajeshwari Rao: The Vanished Raj: Amazon.in: Rajaram N S: Books

Kshitimohan Sen (1880-1960)

Kshitimohan Sen was Indian scholar, writer and  Sanskrit professor. He was the first Deshikottam (1952) of Vishwa Bharati and has the added distinction of being the grandfather of Amartya Sen. Some of his books include Kabir (1910–11), Bharatiya Madhyayuger Sadhanar Dhara (1930), Bharater Sangskrti (1943), Banglar Sadhana (1945), Hindu Sangskrtir Svarup (1947), Bharater Hindu-Mussalman Yukta Sadhana (1949), Prachin Bharate Nari (1950), Chinmay Banga (1957), etc.

If you wish to find books by him, check this.

Rajshekhar Basu (1880-1960)

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Rajshekhar Basu

Rajshekhar Basu, better known as  Parashuram, was a Bengali writer, humorist, chemist, freedom fighter and lexicographer. Even as a child he was scientifically inclined and ended up graduating in chemistry and law.  He worked as a chemist and wrote humorous pieces, eventually graduating to novels that received great appreciation from no less than Tagore. He is well-known for Chalantika, a monolingual Bengali dictionary. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956. Some works by him include Anandibai Ityadi Galpa, which won him the Sahitya Akademi Award for Bengali literature in 1958.

Books by him here: Amazon.in : Rajshekhar Basu

Nathuram Premi (1881-1960)

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Nathuram Premi

Nathuram Premi was a writer, teacher, publisher, poet, editor, linguist in Jain and Hindi literature and a social reformer. He was a clerk in Mumbai and ended up starting his own publishing house and bookstore Hindi Granth Ratnākar Kāryālay which published writers like Munshi Premchand and Rabindranath Tagore.

 

Kesari Balakrishna Pillai (1889–1960)

Akathoot Balakrishna Pillai, better known as Kesari Balakrishna Pillai, was the founder of the newspaper Kesari and a Malayalam literary critic of great standing. His career as a lawyer did not take off and he moved instead to write for a popularly weekly. He ran his own publication Kesari for four years until he was close. He was well-known for his incisive mind and he introduced world literature and progressive arts to the Malayalee audience. One of his famous works is Outlines of the proto-historic chronology of Western Asia. Some of his books mentioned here: Kesari A. Balakrishna Pillai Books (keralasahityaakademi.org)

Jigar Moradabadi (1890 – 1960)

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Jigar Moradabadi

Ali Sikandar, also known as Jigar Moradabadi, was an Indian Urdu poet and ghazal write. He started his career as a traveling salesman but later put to use his education in Arabic, Persian and Urdu to write poetry. He belonged to the classical school of ghazal writing and was a mentor to the famous lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award Award in 1958 for his poetry collection Atish-e-Gul.

You can see some of his work here: All writings of Jigar Moradabadi | Rekhta

Acharya Chatursen Shastri (1891 –1960)

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Acharya Chatursen Shastri

Acharya Chatursen Shastri was a Hindi writer and ayurvedic physician. He was born in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh. It was while he worked at a dispensary that he began writing and became recognized for his stories. The book that bought him into the spotlight was Satyagraha Aur Asahyoga (Civil Resistance and Non-cooperation). Many of his nuanced historical fictions have been adapted into feature films (take his novel Dharamputra which adapted into the Hindi film, Dharmputra (1961) by Yash Chopra. It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi). He has also written fiction and essays and some of his writing is centered on Ayurveda- 72 books in all. You can find many of his books at the Amazon Store.

More about him in a Hindi article here.

Bal Krishna Sharma Naveen (1897 –1960)

Born in Madhya Pradesh, Bal Krishna Sharma dabbled in Hindi poetry and politics from a young age. He was an Indian freedom activist and post-independence he became an active politician.  Some of his anthologies include Kumkum, Rashmirekha, Apalak, Kwasi, Vinoba Stavan and Urmila and his prose Balkrishna Sharma Gadya Rachanavali was published in five volumes.

Kothainayaki Ammal (1901–1960)

Kothainayaki Ammal was a feminist, singer,  author of detective fiction and freedom fighter. Her husband and friend were instrumental in her achieving great literary heights as she had married when only a child and was unschooled. Social reform was dear to her and her plays were a reflection of this sentiment. Besides plays, she wrote 115 novels and established a printing press. Many of her novels were adapted into movies.

Sudhindranath Dutta (1901- 1960)

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Sudhindranath Dutta

Sudhindranath Dutta was a well-known Bengali Indian poet, essayist, lecturer, journalist and critic. He studied literature and law and started a literary magazine called Parichay, besides writing for other prominent literary magazines as well. Sudhindranath is one of the most notable poets after the Tagore-era in Bengali literature. Some of his works include Tanvi (1930), Orchestra(1935), Uttar Falgunee (1940), Sangbarto (1953) Signet Press, and others. Some of his poems here.

Sushila Samad (1906 – 1960)

Sushila Samad was an Adivasi Hindi poet, journalist, editor, publisher and freedom fighter. She completed her BA Honors. She edited and published a magazine with social intent and was the only known tribal freedom fighter at the time. Her works include two poetry collections: Prallap (1935) and Sapne Ka Sansar (1948).

Krishnalal Shridharani  (1911-1960)

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Krishnalal Shridharani

Krishnalal Shridharani was an Indian poet, playwright, journalist and freedom fighter. He studied sociology, economics and journalism at various institutions in India and the US. : His work on Gandhian philosophy was well-known in the US. Other books include The Adventures of the Upside-Down Tree (1959), Story of The Indian Telegraph (1953), The Journalist in India (1956), Smiles From Kashmir (1959) and The Mahatma and the World (1946). He was awarded the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1958.

One of his books is available here.

C. J. Thomas (1918-1960)

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C. J. Thomas

C. J. Thomas or C. J as he was known, was an Indian playwright and literary critic of Malayalam literature. He was born in Kerala and after his schooling, he trained to become a priest though he quit the vocation. C. J trained to become a priest and also had a stint with studying law but could not sustain it. He also taught and worked for a while at the All India Radio. He authored 11 plays and is famous for introducing modernism to Malayalam theater. He was best known for his plays- Aa Manushyan Nee Thanne, Avan Venndum Varunnu and 1128-il Crime 27. He is also remembered for his book designing skills and translations.

Some books by the author are available here.

 

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Author Resources: Get Your Novel Plot Perfect with Plottr 📙

Plottr is a simple and fun-to-use drag and drop story development tool developed by Ryan Zee and Cameron Sutter.

Six Ways Plottr Helps You Create a Story

  • Helps arrange chapters, plotlines, scenes and character arcs.
  • Generates an outline based on the visual story cards.
  • Helps generate character and setting templates
  • Provides interesting templates to plan your hero’s journey.
  • Exports to Word and soon to Scrivener
  • Autosaves data so you don’t have to worry about losing
How to Use Plotter- It’s Easy!

Plottr is easy to use. You need to download Plottr and install it on your PC. Once you do this there is a 30 day free trial period.

You can go to the tour project to get a sense of how to navigate around the site.

First, you go to the File tab and create a new project.

Then go to the Timeline which is the centerpiece of this app. There you can visually create color-coded plot and subplot arcs.

You can filter cards by characters, places, and tags and also flip the timeline. Different perspectives of the storyline help in crafting the overall fiction.

The interface is not complicated at all. Here we created a story plot of Cinderella and evil roomie. The interface is not complicated at all, as you can see below.

 Screengrab of the Plottr interface, showing various plot points in interlinked and color-coded boxes
A quick look into Plottr

Plottr: Recommended or Not?

Yes, yes, yes! Especially for the unique templates available and ease of use.

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