• Writing Fiction: A Guide to the Narrative Craft 8th edition. by Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French
• On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
• The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
• Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
• The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
• The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
• Write the Perfect Book Proposal: Ten That Sold and Why, 2nd ed. by Jeff Herman
• On Writing by Stephen King
• In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop by Steve Kowit
• Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
• Fingerpainting on the Moon: Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom by Peter Levitt
• The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 2nd ed. by Christopher Vogler
• The 90-day Novel: Unlock the Story Within by Alan Watt
• Elements of Style, 4th ed. by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White
• Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir by William Zinsser
• On Writing Well: 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
On Publishing and Literary Agents
• Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown and Dave King
• Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published by Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer Basye Sander
• Writer’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents by Jeff Herman
• The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
• Literary Market Place (LMP), published annually by Bowker and available at the library
• The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit by Elizabeth Lyon
• Literary Agents: The Essential Guide for Writers by Debby Mayer
• Inside the Business of Publishing: What Writers Need to Know by Jerry Simmons
• Writer’s Market published by Writer’s Digest Books
• Write the Perfect Book Proposal by Jeff Herman and Deborah Adams
• How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larson
• Nonfiction Book Proposals Anyone Can Write by Elizabeth Lyon
Online Resources for Writers
• Author Accelerator - I can't recommend Jennie Nash and her team of editors enough. Want help getting that first draft done? This program will help you. Reasonably priced, quality delivered.
• LA Writers Lab - Al Watt's telecourses are wonderful, cost-effective ways for writers to jump-start or revise their novels, memoirs or screenplays. Al is compassionate, funny, and super-smart.
• Poets and Writers Magazine has a great online presence. Much of the content of Poets and Writers (which all serious writers should subscribe to!) is available here, and they also offer a lively discussion board, the Speakeasy.
• CRWROPPS, or Creative Writing Opportunities, is a newsletter that sends publishing opportunities to your email daily (calls for submissions, writing contests, etc.) Subscribe at the link above (I recommend the daily digest version; otherwise, your inbox will be flooded)
• Publisher’s Lunch is a free daily email newsletter about the publishing industry. You can also sign up for a paid subscription at Publisher’s Marketplace, which offers even more information about what’s going on in the publishing world. A good place for those seeking agents.
• The Emerging Writers Network posts numerous interviews with underappreciated authors and provides great networking opportunities through the newsletter.
• Preditors and Editors is a very valuable site for writers; before you contact an agent or publisher, you can check on this website to see if the company is a legitimate one. It can save you a lot of heartache.
• PEN American Center (“An association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship”)
• PEN Center USA (“A non-profit membership organization made up of writers of every stripe working west of the Mississippi. Its members are connected by the goals of building interest in the written word and defending writers worldwide.”)
• International Women’s Writing Guild (“A network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing”)
• SheWrites.com, a fabulous social networking site for women writers
• Build Book Buzz for Fiction Writers. Sandra Beckwith is a book marketer. This link is for her book promotion course for novelists. I’ve taken it and I highly recommend it. (This is not an affiliate link)
• AndiLit – author
• Alma Luz Villanueva – author