There's no better way to help answer your questions or get advice than to consult reference books. Whether it's to hone your writing skills by learning about grammar and sentence structure, or dive into a new genre by reading about how to write for sci-fi and fantasy, or learning the tricks to getting published, or just to read advise from of the authors who have made into the business, reference books can provide you with the knowledge you need to expand your skill and take your writing to the next level.
Here is a list of some helpful reference book. Some I've personally read, some I've heard good things about and some I have being delivered to me as we speak. I've split them into four categories: Honing Skills, Genre Specific, Publishing, and Author Advice. Let's get started.
- Courage And Craft: Writing Your Life Into Story by Barbara Abercombie
- Editors on Editing Edited by Gerald Gross
- Essentials of Writing by Vincent F. Hopper, Cedric Gale and Ronald C. Foote
- Essentials of English by Vincent Hopper, Cedric Gale, Ronald C. Foote and Benjamin W. Griffith
- A Writer's Space by Eric Maisel
- Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks
- The Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card & the Editors of Writer's Digest
- Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper
- Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books by Harold D. Underdown
- Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market by Alice Pope
- How to Write Attention-Grabbing Query & Cover Letters by John Wood
- How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
- Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- On Writing by Steven King
There are, of course, many more books out there to choose from. The idea is to find the books that work for you and what you need for your writing. Some good places to look are not only at your book stores or online book shops, but also writer specific websites like the Writer's Digest Shop.
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