There are a variety of platforms (or tools) vying for our attention as authors. Sifting through these to find truly useful ones is a laborious task, and also subjective. Some authors will prefer tools to help them keep to a daily or weekly work count, some will prefer tools to help with character names, some will prefer tools to help with sentence structure, and so on. The following 5 tools are near-indispensable for helping authors write and complete manuscripts, in my opinion (8 books down in a mix of indie and trad publishing + a few in the oven!). They're tools I've personally used, and find helpful.
It's vital that online "mentions" exist for you as an author. When a reader searches for you or your book, the more results that come up in the search engine, the better. Ensuring your book(/s) are mentioned online is even more important if you have not cultivated an email list of subscribers. They do not take a lot of effort, and once you've ensured the information is correct, you're pretty much done! Here are 5 of the most useful places for you to do this. These platforms are free, although some do offer various paid services (which I'm not 100% sure I'd recommend).