Last Updated on September 3rd, 2022 by Chris Von Wilpert

7 Best Book Writing Software of 2022 (50 Tools Reviewed)

Last Updated on September 3rd, 2022 by Chris Von Wilpert

Today there are 324 different book writing software. We spent 63 hours comparing the top 50 to find the seven best you can use to write your books.

What is the Best Book Writing Software?

  1. Scrivener — best of the best
  2. Publisher Rocket — best for Amazon publishers
  3. Atticus — best for self-publishers
  4. Google Docs — best free option
  5. Ulysses — best Mac exclusive writer
  6. ProWritingAid — best for editing
  7. The Novel Factory — best for newbie novel writers

Our Verdict — Best Of The Best

Price: $49

Scrivener is the top book writing app if you want to achieve your writing goals. It provides tools for every phase of your book writing: researching, composing, and editing.

It’s brain-dead easy to gather all your research and story development, and to flick between parts of your manuscript, notes and references.

Get it if you want the software of choice for many bestselling authors.

If you’re looking for a free option, go with Google Docs or Reedsy instead.

(30-day free trial)

Best For

Scrivener is best for long form writing (fiction and non-fiction). Its advanced features help you organize and execute your writing projects, for a fair price. 

What We Like

  • No more messing up your entire project, every time — Let’s say you’re ready to send your book file to the publisher, but they want a specific font size and ask you to exclude the foreword. The “compile” function allows you to quickly set up a project without having to touch your original work.
  • Reorganize your stories at will with Scrivener’s “binder” view. You can break up your manuscript into different book chapters and sections, and reorganize your story by clicking, dragging, and dropping. 
  • Get motivated to write. Create daily goals for your word count and track your progress. See your average paragraph length, average sentence length, and word usage frequency. 

What We Don’t Like

  • Steep learning curve. There are so many functions and tools that Scrivener may feel intimidating to newcomers. Don’t skip the interactive tutorial!
  • Your license won’t work on different platforms. Bought the Windows version, but want to work on your iPhone this weekend? You’ll have to buy another license.
  • It’s not suitable for co-authors. If you want to collaborate and co-author a book, you’re better off using Google Docs. This is where Scrivener really falls short when compared to other writing programs. No cloud-based collaboration possibilities... what year is it? They could at least offer it on a premium version. We'd pay for it.

Try Scrivener today with a free 30-day trial.

Our Verdict — Best For Amazon Publishers

Price: $97

Publisher Rocket taps into the power of Amazon to help you position your book in front of your potential readers, and maximize your sales.

It will even help you come up with a title that will draw more eyeballs.

Get it if you intend to sell e-books or physical books on Amazon.

(30 day money-back guarantee)

Best For

Publisher Rocket is best for writers who want to tap into Amazon's audience to sell their e-books or physical books.

What We Like

  • Understand what your potential readers want. By learning the phrases Amazon shoppers are searching for and how much money people are spending on specific topics, you can make smart decisions on how to name your book or what to write on the book description, for example.
  • Save time and money with your book research. If you were to hire someone to figure out the right keywords, and who’s running Amazon ads… you’d likely be paying more than what you pay for this software (and they’re probably using this for their research). 
  • Find the perfect keywords for your Amazon listing. Kindle authors know that when you publish your book on Amazon, you can choose up to seven keywords to describe your book. Instead of guessing, pick seven relevant keywords that readers are already searching for… and see your book show up on way more searches.

What We Don’t Like

  • The competition suggestions aren’t smart, so sometimes unrelated terms show up on your searches. You’ll need to make sure the terms you’re getting are relevant to your topic, or else you might end up showing up on searches for people who’ll never buy your book.
  • The learning curve is a bit steep, so make sure you go through all their tutorials to really get value out of the software. There's a lot of data there, and you've got to know what you're looking at to make the best of it. Basically, if you're committed to spending the time to really understand it, it will be valuable.
  • Some users reported problems with Publisher’s sales numbers. One guy said that the software pointed out his book was selling $4,000 per month, while he really was only selling three units per month. I’d be careful around the sales stats, and focus more on the users’ search behavior.

Try Publisher Rocket today with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Our Verdict — Best For Self-Publishers

Price: $147

Atticus is the best option for self-publishers who will write and format their books themselves.

It’s almost like Scrivener and Vellum shagged and had a gifted child who can do it all.

Get it if you’re going to write, edit, and export your book all by yourself.

(30 day money-back guarantee)

Best For

Atticus is best for self-publishers who want to take care of their entire book writing process: do all the writing, editing, formatting, and exporting themselves.

What We Like

  • Buy it once, own it for life. Atticus is a one-time purchase of $147… and you’ll get all future updates at no additional costs… forever!
  • Bang for your buck — If you were to buy Vellum in order to format your book just the right way, you’d pay $249… and you’d still need a separate text editor on top of that. 
  • See your book come to life with the device previewer. You can see what your manuscript looks like on 14 different devices, including Kindle and print previews.

What We Don’t Like

  • It’s still under development — Some features like dark mode, analytics dashboard, and MOBI export are still being developed. If they actually develop everything they're promising, though, Atticus will likely be the most powerful book writing software out there.
  • The word processor is a little basic. If you’re new to this category of software, it’s all good… but if you’re coming from Scrivener, you might feel like Atticus is missing some bells and whistles.
  • No outlines or plot capabilities. If you like to break up your story into scenes so you can easily move them around, have an outline, a character sheet, etc… you better stick to Scrivener.

Try Atticus today with a 30-day money back guarantee.

4. Google Docs

Our Verdict — Best Free Option

Price: Free

Google Docs is 100% free, easy to use, and keeps everything safe and sound, in the cloud.

If you’re writing along with one or more authors, this is one of the best options out there for real-time collaboration. It even keeps a complete version history.

Get it if you want to get to writing right now, and take care of formatting later.

If you want to use more advanced book writing tools and have support, go with Atticus for collaborative writing, or Scrivener if you're a solo author.

Best For

Google Docs is best for people who just want to sit down, write, and leave everything else for later. Great for collaboration with editors and co-authors.

What We Like

  • It’s 100% free and it’s so easy to use. You’ll have access to your documents anywhere you can login to your Google account, and all changes are saved automatically. You can even retrieve previous versions of your document.
  • Its collaboration abilities are superb. You can invite anyone to edit the document, and watch their changes in real time. They can leave suggestions and comments… and you can even have more than two people working on your document at the same time (you can give access to multiple writers and editors).
  • Sharing is a breeze. With one or two clicks, you’re able to share your document via email or instant messenger to anyone, and even set up their access level (if they’ll be able to edit or just view the document).

What We Don’t Like

  • Google Docs isn’t a specialized book writing software, so it lacks some basic tools and features other book writing tools in this list might have. For example, you can’t do things like advanced book formatting, character description and character development. 
  • You can’t pick and choose pieces out of your document versions. You either pick an old version, or the last version and accept all changes at once. Although you can copy (CTRL+C) and paste (CTRL+V) your way around that.
  • Performance might take a hit with large documents. Once your script is about 100 pages long or more, you may experience some lags in the software, depending on your hardware.

5. Ulysses

Our Verdict — Best Mac Exclusive Writer

Price: $5.99/month

Want to write your book on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone? Consider testing the Ulysses experience.

Ulysses, just like Apple, is clean. It’s super-easy to use and has powerful organization capabilities. It has the most straightforward, distraction-free writing mode you’ll ever get.

If you’re looking for more advanced tools like story templates, corkboard, or character tracking, for example, you should go with Scrivener, instead.

Best For

Ulysses is best for Mac users who want straightforward, distraction-free writing sessions using Apple's signature clean interface.

What We Like

  • It’s incredibly intuitive. You can execute every single command from your keyboard, without ever touching your mouse. It's the ultimate "focus mode" writing experience.
  • Retrieve your files from any device, as Ulysses integrates with iCloud and Dropbox.
  • It gives a seamless “Apple” Experience. Ulysses even won Apple’s Design Award back in 2016. It looks and feels just like Apple’s native apps, and seamlessly integrates with iCloud.

What We Don’t Like

  • No support for Windows or Android makes this app only suitable for Apple-heads. Not an Apple user? No soup for you!
  • It may feel too stripped down for people who enjoy writing with more advanced writing and editing features.
  • The writing experience can get frustrating if you’re not familiar with typing in the “Markdown” language. This is a way to apply formatting to your text by using codes, like using asterisks to *bold text*, for example.

Try Ulysses today with a 14-day free trial.

6. ProWritingAid

Our Verdict — Best For Editing

Price: $20/month (or $6.58/month if you pay for a full year)

ProWritingAid is your best friend when you’re getting ready to submit your manuscript to an agent or publisher.

Good writing comes from rewriting. Editing skills are what really separate good writers from great writers.

Get it if you want to make sure you strip away flaws, inconsistencies, and poor readability from your manuscript, without having to hire an editor.

Best For

ProWritingAid is best for self-publishers who don’t want to hire a professional editor and be out of pocket on editing.

What We Like

  • Incredible writing support. ProWritingAid analyzes your writing through 25 different reports — each one analyzing your writing from a different perspective, such as grammar, writing style, and pacing, to name a few.
  • Free Chrome extension that checks for grammar errors on emails, social media, instant messaging and more.
  • Use it along with your writing app. This software integrates with Scrivener, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and a bunch of others.

What We Don’t Like

  • Mac integrations are underwhelming. There are no Safari plugins, and it won’t integrate with Word for Mac.
  • Their pricing tiers feel a little off. If you buy the monthly option, it’s $20 per month. The Yearly option costs the equivalent of $6.58 per month. That’s quite the difference… and then, there’s the Lifetime option, which costs the same as five whole years. Bit too much, ain’t it?
  • Got large documents? Better go make some coffee. Analyzing documents with 30,000+ words can take a while. At least you get to work on your patience.

Try ProWritingAid with a 14-day money back guarantee.

7. The Novel Factory

Our Verdict — Best For Newbie Novel Writers

Price: Starts at $7.50/month

The Novel Factory is amazing for anyone who is naturally a “planner” and likes to have every piece of their plot well structured.

The Novel Writing Roadmap makes it the perfect choice for newbie novel writers, because it helps them learn while they write. 

Get it if you need help putting your novel idea into practice, while you learn how to properly write one.

If you’re not a novice novel writer, go with Scrivener instead.

Best For

The Novel Factory is best for newbie novel writers who need guidance and direction on how to write their novel, as they write it.

What We Like

  • Learn as you write and get your novel done. Once you fire up The Novel Factory, you’ll see a series of videos and text that enable you to expand a simple idea into a full-blown novel. It even helps you write your cover letter!
  • Go “visual” to outline your story. Their “Planning” tool allows you to either pick an existing template or start from scratch. If you’re new to creating a plot, the tool will even give you tips you can follow. 
  • Superb writing experience with a balance between having lots of tools for plotting, characters, locations, etc… but at the same time, the interface is so simple, and so easy to pick up. Score!

What We Don’t Like

  • May get a little too feature-heavy for intuitive people. Working with scenes, plots and subplots can get a little convoluted if you’re not used to them. People who are detail-oriented may love it, but people who are more right-brain oriented might find it a pain.
  • Syncing hiccups may happen, as it has been reported by some users. You may need to click on the sync button and refresh the page to ensure your mobile version is up-to-date with your desktop version, and vice-versa.
  • The desktop app doesn’t work on Mac. Even though The Novel Factory will run on any browser, some people might prefer to use their desktop app. You’ll need Windows for that.

Try The Novel Factory with a 30-day free trial.

Our Three Top Picks

Here’s a quick summary of our top three picks:

  1. Scrivener — best of the best
  2. Publisher Rocket — best for Amazon publishers
  3. Atticus — best for self-publishers

Here’s a quick comparison of our top seven picks:

Tool

Entry Offer

Pricing

Scrivener

14-day free trial

$49 (one-time)

Publisher Rocket

30-day money back guarantee

$79 (one-time)

Atticus

30-day money back guarantee

$147 (one-time)

Google Docs

Free

Free

Ulysses

14-day free trial

$5.99/mo

ProWritingAid

14-day money back guarantee

$20/mo

The Novel Factory

30-day free trial

Starts at $7.50/mo

Here are the top 50 book writing software tools we considered in this review:

  1. Scrivener
  2. Publisher Rocket
  3. Atticus
  4. Google Docs
  5. Ulysses
  6. ProWritingAid
  7. The Novel Factory
  8. Vellum
  9. Hemingway Editor
  10. Grammarly
  11. NovelPad
  12. Reedsy Book Editor
  13. Squibler
  14. Flodesk
  15. FastPencil
  16. Bibisco
  17. Dramatica
  18. Storyist
  19. Fictionary
  20. OmniaWrite
  21. Storyline Creator
  22. Writer’s Blocks
  23. Novelize
  24. Jasper
  25. Frase
  26. Milanote
  27. Novlr 
  28. WriteItNow
  29. AutoCrit
  30. Novellus
  31. Kindle Create
  32. Flodesk
  33. Shaxpir
  34. Wavemaker
  35. Ginger Grammar
  36. Evernote
  37. Freedom.to
  38. Quillbot
  39. FocusWriter
  40. Microsoft Word
  41. Libre Office
  42. Apple Pages
  43. Grammar Lookup
  44. Zoho Writer
  45. Plottr
  46. PauseFor
  47. Scribus
  48. Zotero
  49. NaturalReader
  50. The Most Dangerous Writing App

The Bottom Line

Here are our top picks for the best HRIS systems to try this year:

  1. Scrivener — best of the best
  2. Publisher Rocket — best for Amazon publishers
  3. Atticus — best for self-publishers
  4. Google Docs — best free option
  5. Ulysses — best Mac exclusive writer
  6. ProWritingAid — best for editing
  7. The Novel Factory — best for newbie novel writers

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