Adian Reference Shelf

Below are some of the books I’ve read and regularly reference
in editing and my own writing. Keep in mind that independent publishing
changes so quickly at this point that I do recommend sticking with reference guides
under Marketing and Independent Publishing that were published
or have been updated within the past six months.

General Writing Craft

Barrington, Judith. Writing the Memoir
Benedict, Elizabeth. The Joy of Writing Sex
Bradbury, Ray. Zen in the Art of Writing
Browne, Renni and Dave King. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
Goldberg, Natalie. Long Quiet Highway
Goldberg, Natalie. Wild Mind
Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones
Gornick, Vivian. The Situation and the Story:
The Art of Personal Narrative

King, Stephen. On Writing
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird
McKee, Robert. Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
Sokoloff, Alexandra. Screenwriting Tricks for Authors

Children’s Writing

Bine-Stock, Eve Heidi. How to Write a Children’s Picture Book
Lamb, Nancy. The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children
Paul, Ann Whitford. Writing Picture Books

Crime Writing and Reference

Edited by John Boertlein. Howdunit: How Crimes are Committed and Solved
Carr, John C. The Craft of Crime: Conversations with Crime Writers
Corvasce, Mauro V. and Joseph R. Paglino. Murder One: A Writer’s Guide to Homicide
Faron, Fay. Missing Persons: A Writer’s Guide to Finding the Lost,
the Abducted, and the Escaped

Hirahara, Naomi et al. Writing Crime Fiction
Malmgren, Carl D. Anatomy of Murder: Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction
Page, David W., M.D. Body Trauma: A Writer’s Guide to Wounds and Injuries
Renner, Jodie. Style That Sizzles & Pacing for Power
Renner, Jodie. Writing a Killer Thriller
Roth, Martin. The Writer’s Complete Crime Reference Book
Walton, Priscilla L. and Manina Jones. Detective Agency:
Women Rewriting the Hardboiled Tradition

Wilson, Keith D. Cause of Death: A Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder, and Forensic Medicine

Journalism and Freelance Writing

Bowerman, Peter. The Well-Fed Writer
James-Enger, Kelly. Six Figure Freelancing
Kovach, Bill and Tom Rosenstiel. The Elements of Journalism
Edited by Ruberg, Michelle . The Handbook of Magazine Article Writing

Marketing and Independent Publishing

Bennington, Jeff. The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Success
Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Crosby, Lucinda Sue and Laura Dobbins. Sell More Ebooks
Friedlander, Joel. A Self-Publisher’s Companion
Gaughran, David. Let’s Get Visible: How to Get Noticed and Sell More Books
Hamilton, April. The Indie Author Guide
Kappes, Tonya and Melissa Bourbon Ramirez. Tricked Out Toolbox:
Marketing Tools Every Writer Needs

Katz, Christina. Get Known Before the Book Deal
Locke, John. How I Sold 1 Million Ebooks in 5 Months
McCray, Carolyn et al. Dollars & Sense:
The Definitive Guide to Self-Publishing Success
Penn, Joanna. How to Market a Book
Tardif, Cheryl Kaye. How I Made Over $42,000 in One Month
Selling My Kindle Ebooks

20 Questions Designed to Build Great Characters

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The 10 Writing and Editing Stages of the Successful Novel

When you’re in the midst of writing a novel, it can frequently seem like you’re never going to make your way out of the weeds. How long do you spend…

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5 Keys to a Thriller Readers Can’t Put Down

In Gregg Hurwitz’s critically acclaimed suspense thriller TRUST NO ONE, the action starts in the very first scene, and doesn’t let up until the end of the book, without sacrificing character…

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He Said, She Said: The Key to Writing Great Dialogue Tags

I’ve been doing some experiments lately with dialogue tags, because I think as writers who have grown up in a visual age, we tend to ascribe more action to a…

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Ten Tips for Teen Writers

This was first published on my personal blog in May of 2011, but I think still holds just as true today, as more and more young writers realize just how…

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