A compliation of the top books on the art of writing
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
Authors: William Zinsser,
On Writing Well is a book that aims to help anyone who needs to write anything – from a basic email to your own book. Written with great clarity and warmth, the book guides you through all the fundamental principles of good writing and is filled with valuable insights from a distinguished writer and teacher.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Authors: Stephen King,
His books went on to become record-breaking bestsellers. His name resonates in every library and bookstore. In this book, Stephen King shares the tale of his writing career. In it, you will find the inspiration to write even if you’re battling life and death, just as he did after his fatal accident in 1999.
The One Hour Content Plan
Authors: Meera Kothand
Meera Kothand presents a solution to those that struggle to come up with compelling blog ideas, by building out a years worth of blog posts in 60 minutes using a templatised content plan. This method is useful not only to get a list of post ideas, but also helps establish your brand voice and creates compelling content that truly sells.
Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Let’s Get Digital, #1)
Authors: David Gaughran,
The Internet has changed a lot of jobs, but this book focuses on one of them — writing. David Gaughran reveals how this change has created new opportunities for writers, especially with regards their ability to self-publish. This book is full of practical strategies that will help teach you how to self publish your work, and the benefits of doing so.
Kindle Bestseller Publishing: Publish a Bestseller in the next 30 Days!
Authors: Gundi Gabrielle
Gundi shares the secret strategies that have helped her become an Amazon bestseller author for 10 books, and that too within a few days of their release. The book provides a step-by-step and easy to use system, that can help you become an Amazon bestseller in less than 30 days.
Stein on Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies
Authors: Sol Stein,
Sol Stein provides advice that is sure to change your writing career forever. You will learn everything about creating content — from conception to the very end. His guidance will help you identify the flaws in your work and fix them so that you are left with a story that is absolutely worth reading.
We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media
Authors: Kristen Lamb,
Today, there are more opportunities for authors than ever before. However, social media has changed this field and introduced new concepts such as “branding” and “marketing.” If you’re a writer or you’ve got the potential to become one, Kristen Lamb’s We Are Not Alone is a must-read. Her insights will guide you through every aspect of writing in the 21st century.
The Writing Life
Authors: Annie Dillard,
Writing isn’t like any other profession. For most of their life, a writer remains a mystery to their audience. In The Writing Life, author Annie Dillard, attempts to illuminate potential authors on what it takes to choose this profession. With moving anecdotes from her personal life, the words in this book are sure to reach your heart and help guide your writing journey.
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
Authors: Natalie Goldberg,
Writing is actually a form of meditation. Popular writer, Natalie Goldberg, illustrates the connection between the ancient art of Zen and the art of penning down one’s thoughts and words. Being a passionate lover of words herself, Goldberg demonstrates the power of writing to the world.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Authors: Anne Lamott,
This is a book that uplifts, inspires and motivates writers around the world. Anne Lamott was a kid when her ten-year-old brother was overwhelmed by an essay about birds that was due the following day. When he was close to breaking down, their father embraced him and gave him the following profound piece of advice — “Bird by bird, buddy.”
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Authors: Lynne Truss,
Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a unique work that shows the reader the power of English grammar and punctuation. Lynne Truss uses literature, history and her own mind to present examples of statements that lose meaning because of poor grammar. You will also learn why punctuation marks are significant, how they were introduced and who promoted their use.
The Copywriter’s Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Copy That Sells
Authors: Robert W. Bly,
Writing is inevitable. Whether you’re an author, a salesman or a freelancer, you have to know the basic art of creating magic with your words. Robert Bly aids you through this process. He gives easy-to-implement tips that are sure to impact any copywriter. In this revised edition, you will find thoughts on modern writing platforms as well.
Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book
Authors: Tim Grahl,
For an author, one of the most critical questions is whether their books will get promoted enough. Tim Grahl shows you a way to build such a connection with your readers that they take on the responsibility to market your book. You won’t even have to pester them with emails and queries. All you have to do is follow his five-step plan.
Story Engineering: Character Development, Story Concept, Scene Construction
Authors: Larry Brooks,
Your mind tends to go blank the moment you create a great plot. In Story Engineering, Larry Brooks showcases why amateur planning typically leads to stories that few people enjoy. He provides insights into how you can take advantage of careful planning to help transform your plot to a great story, by planning ahead with relation to developing your characters, scenes and the overall story.
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Authors: Steven Pinker,
The art of writing is becoming very rare in the 21st century, as people forsake letters for texts and informal tweets. Steve Pinker provides a solution to this problem in this book, where he provides practical and catchy insights for mastering writing skills in a world which is fast losing it’s abilty to write.
The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your Own Terms
Authors: Zachary Petit,
Becoming a freelance writer can be one of the most liberating or burdensome decisions of your life. Petit’s guidance will help you build that dream career using your writing skills and avoid common pitfalls. He shows you how to create a strong brand image, establish good connections in the right places and create content that will capture anyone who reads it.
How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them – Misstep-by-Misstep Guide
Authors: Howard Mittelmark,Sandra Newman
While your story may seem extraordinary to you, it is highly likely it contains several errors that will cause publishing companies to reject it. Or worse — the readers will do so. This book isn’t just a bunch of instructions you must follow to create content that will capture the reader’s interest. It tells you everything you should avoid instead.
The Screenwriter’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script
Authors: David Trottier,
Screenwriting is undeniably interesting but equally tiresome. David Trottier’s provides invaluable advice for anyone looking to succeed as a screenwriter. He shows you how to write a great script that caters to contemporary demands and the importance of creating a marketing plan to ensure an audience for your script.
Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go
Authors: Les Edgerton,
Les Edgerton’s Hooked is an invaluable guide to all aspiring and current fiction writers. He shows you how you can portray events with the best emotions and expressions, the best length for your chapters and how to lure your readers in by creating an opening scene that makes them ask for more.
Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence
Authors: Lisa Cron,
Most writers focus so much on how their story is written that they lose sight of the thing that matters the most — the story itself. For any book to become a hit, the plot has to keep the reader turning pages to find out what happens next. Wired For Story shows you how you can write such a gripping tale.
Naked News for Indie Authors: How NOT to Invest Your Marketing $$$
Authors: Gisela Hausmann,
Once you’ve written a great story, your next hurdle comes in the form of marketing. Gisela Hausmann shows you a way to gain access to excellent yet affordable promotional services. She will help you decide whether your work requires outsourced publishing or self-publishing. You will also learn how to carry out effective research before you launch your book.
250 Things You Should Know About Writing
Authors: Chuck Wendig,
Chuck Wendig’s 250 Things You Should Know About Writing is a must-read for every writer and wannabe writer. He teaches the reader everything about creating content, from creating a good and comprehensive sentence to writing an entire bestselling novel. The best part is that this book isn’t rigid and filled with commands, but flexible and practical instead.
How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon – Power Pack!: Sell Books by the Truckload & Get Reviews by the Truckload
Authors: Penny C. Sansevieri,
Marketing books is not the same as marketing products, but with Penny Sansevieri’s guidance, you are sure to master this critical aspect of being an Indie author. She shows you how to use Amazon to your advantage. With it, you’ll learn how to gain countless reviews, a top recommendation on a website and how to use other guaranteed methods for a successful promotion.
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