7 Free E-Books for Writers

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Last year, I rounded up some of the best free e-books for writers. That list deserves an update, so once again, here are the most valuable e-books and downloads that I recommend for all writers. If you know of others I should include, please leave a comment!

General Advice

  • Write Good or Die, a compilation of tips by Scott Nicholson, from bestselling authors such as MJ Rose, JA Konrath, Jonathan Mayberry, and more. Available in most formats via Smashwords, and also for Kindle.
  • Time Management for Creative People by Mark McGuinness. Ten very specific strategies and tactics! Available as a PDF.

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Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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David Nevin

Great thanks!

florence fois

Thank you so much, Jane. Great resources 🙂

Tui Snider

This looks like a great list. Thanks! 

p.s. Thanks to @riverand for pointing this out to me. 🙂


This one’s pretty good. 55 Tips for Authors (
http://www.alice-anderson.com/free-newsletter/ ) I’ve also read the follow up which is bigger and full of additional tips.


Jane, I appreciate the information. I recently put Edgerton’s “Hooked” on my Kindle as a free download. His writing advice proves free can be priceless. It now sells for $8.99 on Kindle and still is undervalued at that price. I look forward to reading your recommendations.

Anne R. Allen

What great resources. Thanks much for this list, Jane. Will RT!




This is awesome! Thanks!


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Rashda Khan

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Very good list. I’ve read a few of those, and loved them. I’m going to look up the rest. I read Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! which was awesome. It’s not geared towards writers specifically, though he does mention publishing in the book. It’s more towards entrepreneurs, but aren’t writers business owners anyway? I got a lot out of it. It’s not free, but I got the ebook for $9.99 from the Sony store. Gobbled it up in hours.

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Terrific list, thank you for sharing. I was thrilled to see I’ve read a few, and can’t wait to read the others.

Cris Ferreira

Quite an interesting list, I will download them. Thanks, Jane.



Vincenzo Tilotta

Nice article. Thanks!


Thank you, Jane!