30+ Books about Writing and Publishing all Writers Should Read

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Posted by on June 16, 2017

If there’s one thing writers find almost as addictive as writing, it’s reading about writing. So I’ve put together a little reading list of some of my favourite  books for writers and authors.

Many of these are short, sharp, super focused books that can be read in a day. In fact some of them can be read in an hour. Some of them are longer and more involved, but packed full of big benefits. See if you can set aside an hour every day for reading something from this list. Just don’t let it take away from your writing time. I read when I’ve done my writing for the day and I’m too tired to do any more. I also read on my phone anywhere from the hairdressers to the supermarket checkout line.

What’s more, some of these books just a few bucks, or even free, in ebook form, so you really can ramp up your learning, without breaking the bank. Some of them are also available free via Kindle Unlimited subscription service. Click the image below to find out more about that.

No Kindle? No problem. Find out how to read Kindle books on any device in this article. Just one tip. Keep a notebook to hand. Make an action list as you go through each book. You’ll only benefit from them if you act on their advice. Happy reading.

Books about writing and publishing

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Write Better, Faster: How To Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day by Monica Leonelle

Nail Your Story: Add Tension, Build Emotion, and Keep Your Readers Addicted by Monica Leonelle

Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman

Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence by Roz Morris

Nail Your Novel Instant Fix: 100 tips for fascinating characters by Roz Morris

Write Good Or Die by Scott Nicholson

Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should by David Gaughran

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

Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing by Catherine Ryan Howard

How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing For Authors by Alinka Rutkowska

The Non-Fiction Formula: How to Write an eBook That Sells Itself, In 24 Days Or Less by Chaiwat Theerasong

Author’s Quick Guide to Making Your Book A Bestseller by Kristen Eckstein

Author’s Quick Guide to Organizing Your Non-Fiction Book by Kristen Eckstein

Author’s Quick Guide to Marketing Your Book Online and Off by Kristen Eckstein

Author’s Quick Guide to Editing Your Book by Kristen Eckstein

Yep! I LOVE Kristen Eckstein’s Author’s Quick Guide series. I’ve probably learned more from Kristen (who now goes by the name Kristen Joy AKA The Book Publishing Ninja) than anyone else in the indie author business.

Marketing Your Book On Amazon: 21 Things You Can Easily Do For Free To Get More Exposure and Sales by Shelley Hitz

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki

Kill Your Blog: 12 Reasons Why You Should Stop F#$%ing Blogging! by Buck Flogging

Is $.99 the New Free? The Truth About Launching and Pricing Your Kindle Books by Steve Scott

Sell More Books: 55 Free Promotions That Work by Nancy L. Hendrickson

Write. Publish Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) by Sean Platt

Get Known Before The Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths To Grow An Author Platform by Christina Katz

Sell Your Book Like Wildfire: The Writer’s Guide to Marketing and Publicity by Rob Eagar

Coach Yourself to Writing Success: Boost Motivation, Increase Creativity and Achieve Your Writing Goals by Bekki Hill

This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

Rise of the Machines: Human Authors In A Digital World by Kristen Lamb

The Shy Writer Reborn: An Introverted Writer’s Wake-up Call by C. Hope Clark

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

Wishing you all a happy, peaceful reading hour, every day. Want to keep ‘reading’ even while you’re driving your car, mowing your lawn, or working out? You can get two free audio books right now when you sign up for Amazon’s audio book store, Audible. Click the link below.

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