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RECOMMENDED WRITING BOOKS
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Anne Holmberg aka Anne Avery and Kate Holmes 1992, revised 1999
Karen Fox 2010

Guides to Markets (updated on a regular basis)

Writer's Market

  • Artist's and Graphic Designer's Market

  • Canadian's Writer's Market

  • Children's Writer & Illustrator Market

  • Christian Writer's Market

  • International Literary Market Place

  • Novel & Short Story Writer's Market

  • Photographer's Market

  • Poet's Market

  • Screenwriter's and Playwright's Market

  • Songwriter's Market

Guide to Literary Agents
Jeff Herman's Guide To Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents

On Writing

Simple & Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers, Jacques Barzun, ISBN 0-060-93723-8
Scene and Structure, Jack Bickham, ISBN 0-898-79906-6
The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them), Jack Bickham, ISBN 0-898-79821-3
Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print, Lawrence Block, ISBN 0-898-79208-8
Just Open a Vein, edited by William Brohaugh, ISBN 0-898-79294-0
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print, Rennie Browne and Dave King, ISBN 0-0627-2046-5
Line by Line: How to Improve Your Own Writing, Claire Kehrwald Cook, ISBN 0-395-39391-4
How to Sell Every Magazine Article You Write, Lisa Collier Cool, ISBN  0-898-79355-6
The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes & Heroines: 16 Master Archetypes, Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, Sue Viders, ISBN 1-580-65024-4
Plot, Ansen Dibell, ISBN 0-898-79946-5
Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction, Debra Dixon, ISBN 0-9654-3710-8
The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Interpretation of Human Motives, Lajos Egri, ISBN 0-6712-1332-6
Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction, Jon Franklin, ISBN 0-452-27295-5
How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling, James N. Frey, ISBN 0-312-01044-3
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, John Gardner, ISBN 978-0-679-73403-1
Please Understand Me:  Character and Temperament Types, David Keirsey, Marilyn Bates, ISBN 0-960-69540-0
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King, ISBN 0-7434-5596-7
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly, Gail Carson Levine, ISBN 978-0-06-051960-5
The Fire in Fiction : Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great, Donald Maass, ISBN 978-1-582-97506-1
Writing the Breakout Novel: Winning Advice from a Top Agent and His Bestselling Client, Donald Maass, ISBN 1-582-97182-X
Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, Donald Maass, ISBN 978-1-5829-7263-3
The Fire in the Fiction, Donald Maass, ISBN 978-1-5829-7506-1
Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, Evan Marshall, ISBN 1-582-97062-9
The Marshall Plan Workbook: Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish, Evan Marshall, ISBN 1-582-97059-9
Writing the Fiction Synopsis: A Step By Step Approach, Pam McCutcheon, ISBN 0-9654-3711-6
Secrets of Successful Fiction:  A Fun-to-Read, Easty-to-Master Toolkit for Writers of All Ages, Robert Newton Peck, ISBN 0-945-26501-8
Fiction is Folks: How to Create Unforgettable Characters, Robert Newton Peck, ISBN 0-898-79266-5
Make Your Words Work, Gary Provost, ISBN 0-595-17486-8
Techniques of the Selling Writer, Dwight V. Swain, ISBN 0-806-11191-7
Creating Characters: How to Build Story People, Dwight V. Swain, ISBN 0-898-79662-8
20 Master Plots and How to Build Them, Ronald Tobias, ISBN 1-582-97239-7
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, Christopher Vogler, ISBN 0-941-18870-1
Writer's Digest Writing Kit: Everything You Need To Get Creative, Start Writing and Get Published, Writer's Digest, ISBN 978-1-5829-7442-2
On Writing Well:  The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, Third Edition, William Zinsser, ISBN  0-060-00664-1
Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Albert Zuckerman, ISBN 1-582-97127-7

Creativity and Writing

Rotten Rejections:  A Literary Companion, edited by Andre Bernard, ISBN 978-0-916-36657-5
Pushcart's Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections: A History of Insult, a Solace to Writers, edited by Andre Bernard and Bill Henderson, ISBN 978-1-888-88904-8
Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity, Ray Bradbury, ISBN 978-1-8777-4109-8
For Writers Only, Sophy Burnham, ISBN 978-0-345-40405-3
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Julia Cameron, ISBN
978-1-585-42146-6
The Artist's Way Workshop, Julia Cameron, ISBN 978-1-585-42533-4
The Artist's Way Morning Pages: A Companion Volume to the Artist's Way, Julia Cameron, ISBN 978-0-874-77886-1
Inspirations:  Meditations from The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron, ISBN 978-1-585-42102-2
The Right to Write:  An Invitation and an Initiation into the Writing Life, Julia Cameron, ISBN 978-1-585-42009-4
A Writer's Notebook:  Unlocking the Writer Within You, Ralph Fletcher, ISBN 978-0-380-78430-1
On Becoming a Novelist, John Gardner, ISBN 978-0-393-32003-9
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natlie Goldberg, ISBN 978-1-590-30261-3
Writing on Both Sides of the Brain:  Breakthrough Techniques for People Who Write, Henriette Anne Klauser, ISBN 978-0-06-254490-2
Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott, ISBN 978-0-385-48001-7

The Business of Writing

A Writer's Guide to Contract Negotiations, Richard Balkin, ISBN 9780898793604
The Complete Handbook for Freelance Writers, Kay Cassill, ISBN 9780898790443
Writer's Legal Companion: The Complete Handbook for the Working Writer, Vol 3., Brad Bunnin, Peter Beren, ISBN 9780738200316
The Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters, Wendy Burt-Thomas, ISBN 9781582975665
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, Sheree Bykofsky, Jennifer Basye Sander, ISBN 9781592575183
How to Write Irresistible Query Letters, Lisa Collier-Cool, ISBN 9781582971551
Beyond the Bestseller:  A Literary Agent Takes You Inside the Book Business, Richard Curtis, ISBN 9780452264328
How to be Your Own Literary Agent: An Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book Published, Richard Curtis, ISBN 9780618380411
Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do, Gerald Gross, ISBN 9780802132635
Writing the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 That Sold and Why, Jeff Herman, Deborah Levine Herman, ISBN 9780471353126
The Frugal Book Promoter, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, ISBN 9781932993103
1001 Ways to Market Your Books, John Kremer, ISBN 9780912411491
How to Get a Literary Agent, Michael Larsen, ISBN 9781402205606
How to Write a Book Proposal, Michael Larsen, ISBN 9781582972510
This Business of Writing, Gregg Levoy, ISBN 9780898795059
Sell Your Novel Toolkit:Everything You Need to Know about Queries, Synopses, Marketing and Breaking In, Elizabeth Lyon, ISBN 9780399528286
The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published: 90 Strategies and Techniques for Selling Your Fiction, Evan Marshall, ISBN 9781582971964
Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, Tom and Marilyn Ross, ISBN 9781582970912
From Printout to Published, Michael Seidman, ISBN 9780881848229
Time to Write: Professional writers reveal how to fit writing into your busy life
, Kelly L. Stone, ISBN 9781598694383
Getting Your Book Published For Dummies, Adrian Zackheim, Sarah Parsons Zackheim, ISBN 9780764552571

Reference

English Through the Ages, William Brohaugh, ISBN 9780898796551
Writer's Digest Guide to Manuscript Formats, Dian Dincin Buchman & Seli Groves, ISBN 9780898792935
Random House Word Menu, Stephen Glazier, ISBN 9780345414410
The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed, Karen Elizabeth Gordon, ISBN 9780618382019
The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed, Karen Elizabeth Gordon, ISBN 9780679418603
Ultimate Visual Dictionary, DK Publishing, ISBN 9780756626068
Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were: Creatures, Places and People, Robert P. Ingpen and Michael Page, ISBN 9780140100082
Merriam-Webster's Eleventh New Collegiate Dictionary, ISBN 9780877798071
The Synonym Finder, J.I. Rodale, ISBN 9780446370295
Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, Peter Mark Roget, ISBN 9781143774447
The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr and E.B. White, ISBN 9780205632640
The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 9780226104034

Magazines for Writers

Poets & Writers
Publisher's Weekly
The Writer
Writer's Digest


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