My favorite books on getting published
Published since 1921, this is the ultimate directory for finding publishers, literary agents, book competitions, and conferences.
Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd edition
This is an indispensable visual guide for understanding how to format your work for submission to an agent or publisher.
How to Write a Book Proposal, 5th Edition
If you're writing a nonfiction book (not a novel), this guide is a must-have. It's been the go-to manual for writing book proposals since the early 1980s. Exceptionally thorough.
The First Five Pages
This isn't really a guide to getting published, but it will explain why your manuscript is getting passed over by agents and editors. It lays out how any industry insider can tell if your writing is publishable within the first five pages.
The Business of Being a Writer
This is my comprehensive guide to earning a living as a working writer.
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published
A comprehensive guide by industry insiders. One of the best on the market.
Your First Page
Those countless manuscripts that editors reject daily? They’re all being rejected for the same reason: for having failed—somehow, at some level—to successfully bond with their readers. That bond begins on the very first page, and this is the best guide I've seen to the importance and effect of story openings.
My favorite books on writing and the writing life
The War of Art
Writing and publishing is primarily a psychological battle, and this guide tells you everything you need to know about that fight.
Writing the Breakout Novel
An agent explains the powerful elements that can make a novel stand out from the rest and become a bestseller.
The Situation and The Story
If you're writing a memoir or personal essay, this powerful guide is sure to improve your understanding of salable and compelling personal stories.
3 A.M. Epiphany
One of my favorite prompt books of all time—excellent to use on your own, and also useful as part of a writing class.
My favorite books on self-publishing and marketing
Your First 1,000 Copies
Written by a proven marketer of both traditionally published and self-published titles.