Resources and Links
for Writers

My book coaching clients often ask what writing resources I recommend. Here are some of my favorite books, online groups, newsletters, and other resources for writers improving their careers and lives. The book links will take you to Have fun!


Resources for Novelists

Techniques of the Selling Writer
by Dwight V. Swain

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Some of the examples seem rather sexist—the book was written in a different era—but it’s also a great resource for structuring your novel.


The Emotion Thesaurus:
A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression

by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

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A terrific book to spice up descriptions of emotions and physical reactions.


Writing the Breakout Novel
by Donald Maass

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Excellent suggestions for deepening your novel so it resonates.


The Career Novelist
by Donald Maass

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This book is out of print now and doesn’t address all the advances in self-publishing in the last few years, but it’s still thoughtful advice from a successful agent about how to grow a career in traditional publishing. Worth grabbing a used copy.


GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict:
The Building Blocks of Good Fiction

by Debra Dixon


Excellent! Every novelist should know the GMC technique. Your plots and characterizations will take on great new twists. If Amazon doesn’t have this book in stock, purchase a new copy for less from the publisher, Gryphon Books for Writers.


Prescription for Plotting
by Carolyn Greene

This is a fantastic workbook and three-ring binder to help organize your thoughts and plan your novel. Unfortunately the author’s website seems to be down as of this writing, but it case the website comes back in the future, it’s

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Resources for Nonfiction Writers

The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional
Guide to Freelance Writing Success

by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

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Impertinent, hilarious, and right on. How to break the rules and be more successful because of it.


The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published:
How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully 
by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
The Art of the Book Proposal
by Eric Maisel

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There are dozens of books on how to write a good book proposal, and these are two of the best.


Damn! Why Didn’t I Write That?
How Ordinary People are Raking in $100,000.00…
or More Writing Nonfiction Books
and How You Can Too!
by Marc McCutcheon

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Rather sensational title, but solid advice.


Freelance Writing for Magazines and Newspapers:
Breaking in Without Selling Out
by Marcia Yudkin

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Runs through some basics and discusses freelancing without blowing smoke up one’s…um…posterior. I do wish there were an edition updated for 21st century technology.

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Resources for All Writers

The Artist’s Way
by Julia Cameron

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Marvelous, marvelous book. Years ago it helped me regain my own creativity and begin my first novel. Highly recommended for any writer or artist. Heck, highly recommended for everyone! And consider joining a group working through The Artist’s Way together. It can certainly be done alone, but there’s additional joy and support in a group that shares the experience.


The Synonym Finder
by J.I. Rodale

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The world’s best thesaurus, hands down! I only wish this were available online or on CD…but it occupies a special (and easily accessible) place on my bookshelf. Note: I recommend the hardcover edition over the paperback. Other users have told me the paperback seems to have thinner pages and doesn’t last as long. I purchased the hardcover and love it. I’ve even given it as a gift to other writers!


The Passive Voice

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An indie-friendly blog that keeps tabs on the publishing industry and all things Writer.


How to Write Attention-Grabbing
Query & Cover Letters

by John Wood

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Great query examples for all kinds of writing submissions, from articles to novels to nonfiction.


The Describer’s Dictionary:
A Treasury of Terms and Literary Quotations

by David Grambs

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I’ve bookmarked the sections on color terms and modifiers, gait, and facial expressions. Handy reference!


Writing with Color
by Gina Ardito

This web page is one of my favorites for finding just the right synonym for a particular color.


Kirsch’s Guide to the Book Contract
by Jonathan Kirsch

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Don’t enter a contract negotiation without it.


The Writer’s Legal Guide:
An Authors Guild Desk Reference

by Tad Crawford and Kay Murray

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Ditto, and a useful copyright resource as well.

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Resources for Indie (Self-Publishing) Authors

KBoards Writers’ Cafe

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The Writers’ Cafe at KBoards (formerly KindleBoards) is one of the best places to hear about and learn from other indie authors’ experiences.


Let’s Get Visible:
How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books

by David Gaughran

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Indie authors have a million possible marketing tasks (ack!). This ebook helps you choose the important ones.


Perfect Pages:
Self Publishing with Microsoft Word

by Aaron Shepard

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If you’re self-publishing and you want to format the paper book yourself, this is a useful guide.

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Resources for Changing Your Life

Feel the Fear…and Do It Anyway 
by Susan Jeffers

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A vital skill! This is a terrific book. Change your relationship with fear and you’ll change your life.


The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey

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A classic, plain and simple, and well worth your time.


With Winning in Mind
by Lanny Bassham

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How to set great goals—and improve who you are so you can achieve them.


Your Heart’s Desire
by Sonia Choquette

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A book about creative manifestation of your goals.


Do It Tomorrow
and Other Secrets of Time Management

by Mark Forster

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A great method for taming insane to-do lists!

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Whew, that’s a lot of resources for writers. And I’m delighted to offer one more: my professional book coaching services.

Coaching can help you stay focused, motivated, and on track as you improve your craft and your career. I coach clients all over the world by telephone. I’ll help you write, finish, and publish your book.

Just make an appointment for a no-pressure “get acquainted” conversation to see how book coaching can work for you!

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