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Valuable Resources for Writers


Writer's Market
(or specific editions such as Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, etc.) All are published by Writer's Digest Books and updated annually or every other year.

Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents (updated periodically)
by Jeff Herman

How To Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and
How To Overcome Them

by Sol Stein

Stein on Writing
by Sol Stein (essentials on craft and technique)

Writing Personal Essays: How to Shape Your Life Experiences for the Page
by Sheila Bender

Writing Creative Nonfiction
Edited by Carolyn Forche and Philip Gerard
(Essays on writing creative nonfiction by more than thirty authors)

Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life
by Philip Gerard
(director of the creative writing program at UNC-Wilmington)

The Art of Creative Nonfiction
by Lee Gutkind

Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir
Edited by William Zinsser (wonderful essays by nine authors who have written memoirs, including Annie Dillard, Frank McCourt, and Toni Morrison)

The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear
by Ralph Keyes

Writers' Tools:

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Quotes

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotes

Roget's Super Thesaurus

If you write for magazines and books - The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

The NEWEST dictionary available (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and The American Heritage Dictionary are editors' favorites.)

Random House Webster's Pocket Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation (handy for quick look-ups)

Books for Inspiration and Support:

The Artist's Way
by Julia Cameron
(will help you free blocks to creativity and get you in the habit of writing; not a "how to write" book)

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott (entertaining; funny; not a how-to book)

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
by Natalie Goldberg (includes good writing exercises)

The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear
by Ralph Keyes
(Afraid of failure? Afraid of success? Just afraid? This book really helps! And it’s filled with fascinating stories of how accomplished writers deal with their own bugaboos.)

Magazines for Writers:

Poets & Writers (

The Writer (

Writer's Digest (


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