For inspiration, Writer’s Block and Solace:
- Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
- The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice by Laraine Herring
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider
Some books to keep on your shelf and refer to from time to time:
- What if? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter
–This is my go-to book for refreshing my thinking on all the elements of fiction, from character development to plot to point-of-view, etc. Great exercises for writers at all stages of writing
- Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich.
–This book presents the fundamentals of ten basic elements of fiction writing.
Some links to websites and blogs for writers:
When you’re ready to write a novel:
- 90 Days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet
–I found this book incredibly helpful though I didn’t manage to write my novel in 90 days. I decided I’d give it a year, but finished the first draft in 9 months! Some of us have to work for a living. While I loved this book and the exercises, I didn’t agree with her time allotted for each step. I spent much more time on them than she suggested. And I spent considerably more time writing my characters’ profiles.
If you’re writing a memoir:
- FEARLESS Confessions by Sue William Silverman
When you’re finished with you book project:
–This is released annually, so if you purchase your book from Amazon, make sure you buy the most recent issue.
- Writer’s Market: A comprehensive guide to publishers and agent
–This is released annually as well.
- for non-fiction: Author 101: Bestselling Book Proposals, by Rich Frishman & Robyn Freedman Spizman
If you plan to self-publish:
–I highly recommend this site; it’s virtually free.
- The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, by Mark Levine.
–If you’d like to use a full-service DIY publishing service, this book analyzes, compares, and provides insight into a number of self-publishing companies.
–Be sure to purchase the most recent copy. I recommended this book to a friend and she purchased an older version, which turned out to have very outdated information. Mark updates regularly
–We had a terrible experience publishing with Booklocker, so I would recommend avoiding them! I imagine plenty of people have had better luck, but I thought I’d pass that on.
- A Self-Publisher’s Companion, by Joel Friedlander at TheBookDesigner.com.
- The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide, by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent
- Successfully Marketing Your Novel In the 21st Century, by Austin S. Camacho