The Nexus

The Nexus is a resource page creative people! From new generators to publishing tools, art sources to useful services, The Nexus is here to take your creativity to the next level!

Art Sources
  • Free
    • Pixabay - A source for art that is free as well as royalty-free. There's a lot here, and much of it is professional.
    • Unsplash - A source for photos that are free as well as royalty-free. The quality is very high.
  • Royalty Free
    • Canstockphoto - A great source for royalty-free art, photos, and more. Has a subscription system and a pay-more-get-more credit system.
    • Shutterstock - The classic source for royalty-free art, photos, and more. Has both monthly and specific purchases available.
    • The Noun Project - A fee or membership-based site for downloading a huge selection of royalty free icons! Once you pay for it or download it, it's royalty-free! Useful for all sorts of projects
Book Covers
  • Premade
    • Go On Write - Premade covers for books - pick one that looks right and the artist will change the title and author appropriately. A great bargain, and even has series of covers at discount! Will do custom work to.
  • Services
    • Paper and Sage - A reliable source of both premade and custom book covers.
  • Tools
    • Canva - Book cover creator, though you will want to provide your own art if you don't want to pay for rights to their stock photo. Also has other services.
Book Reviewers
  • Review Sources
    • Midwest book review - Will review books for free, but it's a matter of choice.
    • Self Publishing Review - A classic paid review service (where a pool of reviewers is available) for books. Not always a guarantee of the best reviews of course, so you take your risks . .
    • The Indie Review - A large, constantly-updated list of indie book reviewers.
Color Tools
  • Collections
    • Color Tools - Plenty of useful online color tools.
    • HTML Color Codes - Useful color tools, with a focus on web-focused colors.
    • Material Palette - Useful tools for desginging palettes, finding icons, and locating specific colors
  • Color Schemes
    • Color At Adobe - A color theme creator that lets you create schemes, or even get one from a picture, and has a powerful interface.
    • Color Calculator - A color scheme creator that also has useful advice and guides.
    • Colormind - A color theme creator that creates schemes with simple clicking, or get one from a photo.
    • Colors at Halfpixel - A simple palette creator (with a mobile option) with intuitive controls.
    • Coolors - A useful and powerful color palette creator that's easy to use and powerful.
    • Huesnap - A palette repository and creation tool
Contact Management
  • Mailing Lists
    • Mailchimp - Mailchimp may have some restrictions, but it's the go-to for easy mailing list management, which is perfect for authors and artists. It also integrates well with other tools.
  • Professional
    • LinkedIn - The classic business networking site, and pretty unavoidable for most professionals.
Generators
  • Generator Sites
    • Chaotic Shiniy - A diverse source of generators in a variety of styles.
    • Darkest of Nights - Fantasy-oriented generators.
    • Donjon - Generators for a variety of genres and game systems, some of which provide graphics as well!
    • Dropping-the-form - Generators for various settings.
    • Eposic - Generators - among other imaginative efforts.
    • Fantasy Name Generators - And there are a LOT of them here. About anything you could want, and a few you didn't know you needed.
    • Feath - Generators of various types, conveniently categorized.
    • Generator Blog - Links out to many other generators.
    • Generatorland - Lots of generators and generator tools.
    • Mithril and mages - Generators for a variety of genres.
    • Name Pistol - Band name generators.
    • RanGen - Random generators, from fantasy to helpful writing tools.
    • Serendipity - A generator site with some setting and name generators.
    • Seventh Sanctum - A gigantic collection of generators founded in 1999, with a focus on writing and RPGs.
    • Springhole.net - A site of generators and other creative tools.
    • Squid.org - Home of a complex name generator with many, many options.
    • The Force - A powerful name generator with multiple options.
Graphics
  • Graphic Tools
    • Art Rage - A painting-oriented digital art program supporting many operating systems, tools, and formats.
    • Clip Studio - A comics, painting, and illustration tool with many options and features
    • Mediabang - A comic and painting application that's free and multiplatform!
    • Paintstorm - A low-cost digital painting program with many advanced features.
  • Graphic Tools - Free
    • Gimp - Aka The GNU Image Manipulation Program. A free, open source graphic tool that will take care of almost all of your graphic needs (barring a few limits like CYMK conversion and the like).
    • Krita - A free graphic tool focused on professional workflows.
    • Made With Mischief - A quick, free sketching and brainstorming tool.
    • Sketchbook - A free sketching program.
  • Graphic Tools - Painting
    • BlackInk - A painting program, focusing on stylistic work as opposed to realistic
  • Mac
    • Pixemlator - A low-cost alternative to Photoshop for Mac, with lots of compatibility options
Helpful Tools
  • Relaxing Backgrounds
    • 4 Ever Transit Authority - Ride the bus through randomly generated art deco cities. A great program to run in the background or on your TV or monitor to relax you while you create.
    • Anomolies - A relaxing background display/artgame that creates surreal spacescapes, often with strange nebulas and sites that resembe anything from devices to lights to disturbing lifeforms.
    • Becalm - A relaxing journey via sailboat through surreal worlds with a relaxing soundtrack and audio. Can be run for a few minutes or in a loop and you can switch between multiple settings.
    • Panoramical - Available on Itch.io And Steam. Panoramical is an audio/visual remixer where you can tweak settings in multiple environments, turning them into audio/visual displays. Find your favorite setting, leave it on, and relax.
    • Station To Station - A simulated train ride through imaginary environments. Run it in the background or through your television while you create to help relax you
Portfolios
  • Services
    • Adobe Portfolio - The popular porftolio site - that comes with many Adobe subscriptions.
    • Artstation - Multimedia-focused portfolio and blog platform
    • Format - A portfolio site with store services as well.
RPG Resources
  • Random Charts
    • Chartopia - A site with a huge and expanding amount of charts for RPGs, easily sortable and classified.
Self-Publishing
  • Audiobooks
    • ACX - Amazon's self-publishing audio platform
    • Audible - Another amazon audiobook publishing platform
    • Findaway - A wide-ranging audiobook distribution service.
  • Cards
    • Drive Thru Cards - Self-publishing for card games, both physical and downloads.
  • eBook
    • Itch.io - Itch.io doesn't just do games - it also allows for people to publish books, and is very open-minded.
    • Kobo Writing Life - Distribute your eBook via Kobo
    • Nook Press - Distribute your eBook via Nook
  • eBook-Multiple
    • Draft2Digital - A service that distributes to multiple eBook platforms.
    • Smashwords - A wide-ranging ebook distribution service.
  • Physical And Ebook
    • Ingram Spark - Ingram's eBook and physical book publishing platform. Wide reach, but may require some setup fees and has some limitations.
    • KDP - Amazon's full-service print and Kindle publishing service. Warning, the eBook distribution is only through Amazon.
    • Lulu.com - A print and eBook creation and distribution service.
  • RPGs
    • Drive Thru RPG - Self-publishing for RPGs, both downloadable and in print. Also supports related merch like calendars.
  • Video Games
    • Itch.io - Itch.io is a supportive, indie-oriented game store site. It also has a lot of self-published resources for game development, as well as supporting books of all kind.
Website Creation
  • Services
    • Squarespace - The popular website creator with many options.
    • Weebly - Easy and simple to use website, blogs, and stores.
    • Wix - A simple And effective website source, though paid options are reccomended.
    • Wordpress.com - The classic site, with free and paid options. Obviously blog-focused.
Writing Tools
  • Ebook Creation
    • Calibre - A free ebook creation tool.
    • Jutoh - Not only converts your book to various ebook formats, it's a powerful enough tool that you could even write books in it.
  • Word Processing
    • LibreOffice - A full, free, open source office suite. Beyond the free price, it's fantastic ad using ODT format and creating PDFs.
  • Writing
    • Scriviner - A writing tool that combines note taking, tracking, and writing into one application.
  • Writing Checking
    • Grammarly - A pricey but powerful service and software for checking grammar, spelling, and even plagarism if you need. There are free, limited options.
    • Hemmingway - A grammar checking tool with both web and desktop versions.
    • Pro Writing Aid - A subscription-based writing checker service/tool.
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