As the holidays approach, the search for the perfect gift to give the special people in your life may take up more of your (already busy!) schedule. Thankfully, if one of those special individuals is an author, there are a plethora of options for Christmastime gift-giving that will make their “little writers’ hearts” beat wildly in excitement. Whether it’s an author friend you made through Twitter, a critique partner you want to thank for their years of valuable developmental insight, your spouse who’s written ten manuscripts and counting, or yourself (yes, you’re allowed to gift yourself this time of year!), the choices are endless for every author need and every budget. Below are some of Midnight Publishing’s favorite holiday gifts for authors, all vetted by our professional staff of editors and ghostwriters (so you know they’re useful) and priced lowest to highest:

1. Writing Utensils and Notebooks

Now before you get worried that these aren’t fancy enough, remember—the dedicated writer needs something to write on and with! Even with techy options like phones and tablets, many authors still prefer the feel of a pen or pencil in their hands, and the familiar surface of a fresh notebook page. Find unique pencil sets and journals at places like Urban Outfitters and Zazzle, or order personalized ones through Etsy.

2. Scrivener Software

This software program is a favorite with authors, as its flexibility and tailoring options for scene breakdowns and chapter itemization is perfect for keeping a manuscript organized. There are also tabs and pages available for character descriptions, continuity information, and other vital details a writer wants to keep track of when writing and revising a book. Scrivener offers a free trial of the program and costs $45 for either a Mac or PC.

3. Freewrite

This electronic typewriter is the first of its kind to offer a distraction-free writing space. Freewrite allows authors to work on their manuscripts with or without internet and offers many different ways to upload documents either through cloud connectivity (Dropbox, etc.) when logged into Wi-Fi or by connecting the device to your computer. Priced at $499, it’s not the cheapest gift available, but is still less than a nice computer and offers the writer in your life a truly productive experience.

4. Midnight Publishing’s Discounted Editing/Author Coaching Package

This holiday season we’re offering three separate discounted packages perfect for any author’s editing and/or coaching needs. Choose from:

Find information on all of these packages—a 50 percent discount!—in our previous blog posts, or contact us today to purchase one before time runs out!

Other Fun Holiday Gifts and Ideas for the Writer in Your Life:

  • Coffee mugs, especially ones with author-specific sayings, book quotes, etc. Cute coffee/tea mugs can be found on Amazon, World Market, Pier 1 Imports, and Café Press.
  • Gift cards to bookstores, especially local ones. If you live in Phoenix, consider supporting local bookstore chain Changing Hands.
  • E-readers and tablets (writers need to read!)

Midnight Publishing is a writing, editing, and marketing company in Phoenix, Arizona, with almost a decade working with local and international authors to revise, edit and polish their books for publication or querying. Contact us today to talk about your writing and editing needs (or those of the special person in your life!), and we’ll get you on the schedule for the new year!