Writing, Marketing, and Publishing Resources

Janet Grant

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What’s new in the writing, marketing and publishing section of your bookshelves? I’ve found it’s helpful for us to share with one another the writer’s toolbox each of you have assembled that’s helped you grow as a writer who aims to have a long and productive career.

To get us started, I’m proffering this nowhere-near inclusive list of publishing resources:

Publishing Resources

Writing Tools

  1. The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
  2. Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
  3. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  4. Getting the Words Right: 39 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Theodore A. Rees Cheney
  5. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite by June Casagrande
  6. Woe is I by Patricia O’Conner
  7. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  8. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  9. Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
  10. On Writing by Stephen King
  11. The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Fiction Tools

  1. Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
  2. Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
  3. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
  4. Writing and Selling the Christian Novel by Penelope J. Stokes
  5. The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes: (And How to Avoid Them) by Jack M. Bickham
  6. The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah Lukeman
  7. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French
  8. The Dance of Character and Plot by DiAnn Mills
  9. The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises by James Scott Bell
  10. Revisions & Self-Editing (Write Great Fiction) by James Scott Bell

Basic Reference Tools

  1. The Chicago Manual of Style by the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff
  2. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary by Merriam-Webster
  3. Beginning Writer’s Answer Book edited by Jane Friedman
  4.  Christian Writer’s Manual of Style by Bob Hudson & Shelley Townsend
  5. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen
  6. The Flip Dictionary by Barbara Ann Kipfer
  7. Merriam-Webster’s Visual Dictionary by Jean Claude Corbeil
  8. The Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale

Publishing Books

These titles help you to understand how publishing works and how to get your books published.

  1. The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters by Wendy Burt
  2. The Art of the Book Proposal by Eric Maisel
  3. Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino
  4. Literary Market Place by Karen Hallard and Mitra Purkayastha
  5. Christian Writer’s Market Guide by Steve Laube and Jerry Jenkins
  6. The Inside Scoop by Janet Kobobel Grant and Wendy Lawton (I couldn’t resist)
  7. How Do I Decide: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing by Rachelle Gardner (I REALLY couldn’t resist)

Marketing Books

  1. Publicize Your Book by Jacqueline Deval
  2. Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul by Susan Harrow
  3. Your First 1000 Copies by Tim Grahl
  4. Platform by Michael Hyatt

What tools have served you well? Both books and online mentions are welcomed.

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