PressThis: Atticus Review [2021]: Is it Worth it? Pros, Cons, and Features #MondayBlogs


I have recently came across a writing software in my email that is fairly new, (well, new to me) that looked like it my be useful for someone. It is known to be an all-in-one writing software for authors and the article is informative. The software, Atticus, sounds like it is worth a try when it comes to writing your book and formating.


See a review of the book writing tool called Atticus. Learn about its features and how well they work in this detailed overview. Will you be able to use it for your next book? Find out here!

What is Atticus?

Atticus is a software that currently gives authors an excellent way to write, and format their books at a lower cost and with equal results as a program like Vellum. However, one day it will be the all-in-one solution for writing, formatting, and collaborating.

Atticus not only has a ton of features at launch, but also boasts a HUGE number of upcoming features that will make it the be-all, end-all of writing software.

How Does Atticus Work?

Atticus is currently both a word processor and a book formatting software. You can write, edit, and export your novel with ease.

You start in the dashboard where you can create a new book or upload an old one (there are a variety of ways to import a book that I’ll get to in the features section).

atticus dashboard

Then you’re brought to the word processor element of the program, where you can create chapters (or front and back matter elements), and begin writing. In this section, you can drag and drop chapters or sections just like you can in Scrivener, and are offered an array of writing tools.

In the next couple of weeks and months though, there will be a whole slew of new features added to the writing section of Atticus, to really make this one of the most fun, aesthetic and helpful book writing software out there – without being complicated or convoluted. We’ll talk about this later, but we’ll be focusing on adding writing goals, special writing modes, analytics, character or note cards, and more.

From there, it lets you format the book and export to ebook or print, to use in KDP, IngramSpark, Draft2Digital, or wherever you sell your books.

Alice in Wonderland Formatted Using Atticus

In the future, there will be more features as well, including tools to keep you motivated, organized, and even collaborate with other authors.

In other words, it has everything that the top formatting and writing software has, and there’s more coming to make it the best in the industry.

Atticus Cost

The cost of Atticus is one of its strengths. Programs like Vellum cost $199 for just eBook and $249.99 for ebook & print book capability.

Atticus, on the other hand, costs only $147 for unlimited books and ebooks.

Plus, that price is for a lifetime purchase. $147 will get you the current version of Atticus, plus all future updates.

So, you get all the capabilities as before, but for a fraction of the cost.

Complete List of Atticus Features

Atticus is packed full of features, so for this review we’re going to break down all of them one by one.

1. Cross Platform Use

This is, by far, the strongest feature that authors have been asking for. Package like Vellum are not available outside of a Mac, and their website even says that they do not plan to create a Windows version, so waiting is not an option.

Atticus, on the other hand, is available not just for Mac, but for Windows, Linux, Chromebooks, as well as in your Internet browser.

2. Ease of Use

Atticus was designed to be intuitive and easy to use, while not sacrificing functionality. You shouldn’t have to watch a whole course just to figure out how to use a piece of writing software.

That sets it above other programs that might have a lot of features, but also a huge learning curve.

3. Autosave, Cloud Storage, and Backups

The Autosave function makes it easy to keep from losing your work. All you have to do is write and format, and it will take care of the rest.

The books in Atticus are saved to the cloud. Everything is saved on secure servers, meaning you can access it from anywhere, and you don’t have to worry about your computer breaking down and losing all your data.

Additionally, you have the option to backup your books, either one at a time, or all at once. It’s secure and you therefore you don’t have to worry about losing your work.

4. In-app Spell Check

Atticus is set up to have spell check natively in the app, with further plans to integrate ProWritingAid in the future. While we’d like to integrate with Grammarly, it’s a bit of a difficult company to work with and the way they designed their program, it’s a bit problematic – but we’ll keep trying.

5. Footnotes/Endnotes

endnotes in atticus

Footnotes and Endnotes are also a function of Atticus, making it comparable to Vellum, and also ensuring that those of you who write nonfiction, academic papers, or any other instance where you’d need a footnote, you can add them with Atticus.

6. Offline Use

While Atticus is cloud based, you can use the program and all of its features offline if you so choose.

To do this you can to download the Progressive Web App (instructions here) onto your computer or smart device, or you can log in with a browser before you go offline. That way you can take Atticus with you wherever you need to go. The only time you’ll need to be connected online is either initially login in, when you upload a document, export a document, and when you collaborate (a future feature).

7. Exporting Options

export feature in Atticus

Like Vellum, Atticus will export an EPUB-format eBook, as well as a PDF file for print.

Unlike Vellum, however, Atticus will also export to a DOCX file, which makes collaborating with editors that much easier.

Note: Even though Amazon no longer accepts MOBI files for eBook, Atticus will be coming out soon with a MOBI export so that authors can send MOBI files to their ARC team or Beta Readers.

8. Importing Options

Atticus also allows you to import a document, if you are taking an old book and importing it into Atticus, for example.

Atticus currently supports DOCX, RTF, MOBI, and EPUB file types for importing, with more options on the way. What’s great about this is that incase you need to update a previous submitted m MOBI file, it’s easy to drag the MOBI file into Atticus, make your changes, and export it as an EPUB so you can resubmit to Amazon – cause remember, Amazon no longer accepts MOBI files. This alone should be a major time saver.

9. Device Previewer

atticus device previewer

To see how your manuscript looks when formatted, Atticus boasts a device previewer with 14 different device possibilities to preview, including print.

Currently, this feature is being updated to include pagination, so that it functions more like an actual eReader device or a print book. But you can still get a solid sense of the style of your book, including its font, the chapter header, the table of contents, etc.

10. Chapter Splitting

button to split chapters in Atticus

Atticus allows you to split a chapter from any place in your manuscript. This is useful if the manuscript import fails to detect the beginning of a chapter, or if you’ve written a chapter, decide it’s too long, and want to divide it into two.

Along with this feature is the ability to merge chapters as well, should that be necessary.

(Click link to read more features Atticus has by the founder, Dave Chesson.)

Source: Atticus Review [2021]: Is it Worth it? Pros, Cons, and Features

What do you all think about Atticus? Does it sounds like something you may try?

PressThis: How To Sell Your Book On Amazon [70 Book Marketing Tips] #MondayBlogs #SelfPublishing


Good morning/afternoon, everyone! I hope your weekend went well. I had spent it mostly reading and writing…oh yeah, daydreaming a little. Lol.
I would like to share with you an article about how you can sell your book on Amazon, which you can use other self-publishing services as well.
When it comes to self-publishing, I have learned that marketing is as hard as writing a novel. Although, perhaps writing the book is easier than marketing.
Wherever you are in your self-publishing journey, or if you are thinking about doing so, consider learning as much as you can. Marketing is the most crucial part of self-publishing there’s no avoiding it.

This article has a lot of helpful information and videos resources you can use along with 70 tips, and I hope it helps you. 

P.S. Also, if you haven’t already, do subscribe to my newsletter to get updates on my novel, Secrets Unveil, cover reveals, excerpts, and more, by clicking here.


If you’ve written something the world needs to read, you’re likely wondering how to sell your book on Amazon. Here are the best book marketing tips available.

#1 Collect an Email List

One of the easiest ways to build a platform is to compile an email list of readers and authors interested in what you have to say.

Perhaps you have an author website, a WordPress blog, a YouTube channel — whatever it is, you should be pushing your email list like it’s your number one marketing service.

On this email list, provide value. People will unsubscribe if your email marketing is too spammy or unhelpful. Give your readers book recommendations, tips on how to start writing a book, or a handy list of marketing tips.

#2 Utilize the Best Email Service

What is the best email service for authors? The absolute best email service for authors to use is GetResponse or MailerLite. Both offer authors a great way to communicate with their readers in effective and easy-to-understand ways.

Check out this MailerLite for Authors Course or my side-by-side review of Aweber vs. Mailchimp vs. GetResponse.

#3 Convince Your Email List to Leave Reviews

When you do publish a book, you should mention your new book in every email to your subscribers.

Whether it’s at the bottom or at the top of the email, let your readers know you have a book they can buy. Also, convince your email list to leave you reviews. If they subscribed to your messages, they are more likely to not only buy your book, but leave you a positive review.

Read more in my article on How to Get Your Email Subscribers to Leave Quality Reviews.

#4 Use Email Surveys to Sell More Books

This is a fun trick I learned from Brandon Cullum. Ask your growing email list to take surveys that make it feel like they’re helping you write your book.

When you publish the book, they feel like they contributed, making them more likely to buy the book and hopefully leave some good reviews.

Learn more: How to Use Surveys to Sell More Books by Brandon Cullum.

#5 Gather a Book Launch Team

Gather friends, family, colleagues, etc. to form a book launch team. Particularly for self-publishers, this group is crucial for author support, early book reviews, and word of mouth.

Some on your team will do this because they love you. Others may need an incentive, like a giveaway or premium content from your website or email list.

Read more in our comprehensive article: How to Build a Launch Team for Your Book

How do I market my book to my friends and family? A great way to market your book to friends and family is to include them in the marketing process. Many friends and family will be thrilled to take part in your launch strategy.

#6 Optimize Title & Subtitle

You need to optimize your title and subtitle for Amazon’s and Google’s search engines. Every genre has unique keywords that readers look for — even subconsciously.

For romance, “heart” and “passion” are great words to include in titles and subtitles.

For sci-fi, “star” and “planet” are common words that attract potential readers.

For self-help, “how to” and “definitive guide” will key the right reader in on your book’s topic.

Have you checked out our article on the Best Book Title Generators?

#7 Choose the Right Kindle Keywords

Every author has to choose the right Kindle keywords because it’s how Amazon decides which search terms they should put you in the search results.

Amazon lets you add 7 keywords to your book. Use keywords that readers are searching, that shoppers will pay for, and that doesn’t pose much competition.

What is the best way to promote a book? The best way to promote a book on Amazon is using targeted Amazon ads that capitalize on your keyword strategy. Another great promotion tactic is to build an author platform over the course of several years.

#8 Hire a Cover Designer

Especially for first-time authors, your book cover is your number one marketing tool. A professional-looking cover makes readers think that your book is generally high-quality. If you’re looking to draw readers in, an intriguing cover makes readers want to know more.

I implore you to hire a professional cover designer, such as:

If you really want to create your own cover, Kindlepreneur has a great mastery guide on Book Cover Design. It’s totally free to read! Additionally, check out Derek Murphy’s in-depth DIY Book Covers software and training.

#9 Nail Your Social Media

How do I market my book on social media? You need to market your book on social media in order to increase impressions, engagement, reader base, and other factors that can sell books.

For most self-publishers, I recommend setting up a professional author page on Facebook, maintaining a presence on Goodreads, logging onto LinkedIn, and creating video content on YouTube if possible.

I’ll go into more detail on individual social media platforms below. Stay tuned!

#10 Beseech High-Quality Book Reviewers

High-quality book reviews can get your book in front of a lot of new eyes. Readers gain a special connection with reviewers they trust. A word from these high-quality book reviewers can influence all their loyal listeners.

That’s why I wrote an article on How to Get Free Book Reviews Without Having a Blog, Email List, or Begging.

Check out Kindlepreneur’s list of Best Book Review Blogs.

#11 Skip Pre-Orders (Most of the Time)

While there are some benefits to pre-ordering, I recommend most self-publishing authors avoid the downsides of pre-ordering.

When you open your book up for pre-orders, Amazon penalizes you if your pre-sales don’t perform well. After publishing, Amazon rewards you if your sales are consistent by promoting your book closer to the top of ranking.

However, IF you have a large following or can market consistently during the preorder period, then by all means go right ahead.

Watch this video to learn all the reasons I say don’t do pre-orders unless you’re famous or already have a substantial following.

#12 Thrive With Publisher Rocket

Formerly known as KDP Rocket, Publisher Rocket can help authors with the marketing of their book or eBook. The 4 things Publisher Rocket can do for you:

  1. Find the best categories for your book
  2. Create efficient, effective Amazon ads for your use
  3. Show you what popular authors are doing, how much they’re earning, and much more
  4. Help your book get discovered by more Amazon customers

There are many more benefits to Publisher Rocket, but you can read more about it in my in-depth review: Publisher Rocket Review (2021).

#13 Set Up an Author Website

You have to set up a high-quality author website to funnel readers from retailer and social media platforms to one focused destination.

On your website, you should have books available for purchase, upcoming books announced, a riveting About the Author page, and preferably some well-written blog content to offer potential readers added value.Want people to understand who you are and what you do as an author? Build a killer author website.CLICK TO TWEET

Check out this awesome read: 5 Ways to Sell Your Book on Your Own Author Website.

#14 Use Consistent Branding

Across all social media platforms, your website, and even in-person appearances, I recommend using the same author logo, the same description of your book, and even the same signature.

Inconsistent branding can be confusing to potential readers.

Consistent branding makes a lasting impression on potential readers.

Make sure every platform you’re on features links to buy your book. Buy buttons should pop up everywhere.

Of course, you don’t want to overwhelm potential buyers. But you’d hate for a reader to be interested in purchasing your book, then not see an easy link to click.

For example, check out this screenshot from Alexa Donne’s video on Red Herrings. Almost half the video description is devoted to links to buy her books….

(Read more by clicking the link below.)

Source: How To Sell Your Book On Amazon [70 Book Marketing Tips]