The Best Books For Authors

Regardless of how successful you are, or how many books you’ve written, we believe you should always be learning, honing your craft and growing as a writer. We’ve put together a comprehensive (though incomplete) list of some of the best books on the craft of writing and the business of publishing. Please do comment and suggest other works that have helped on inspired you on your author journey and we’d be happy to update the list!

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How to Market a Book ebook by Joanna Penn – Rakuten Kobo

Read “How to Market a Book Third Edition” by Joanna Penn available from Rakuten Kobo. Do you want to sell more books and reach more readers? Do you want to discover how to build an author career for the lo…

The Business of Being a Writer ebook by Jane Friedman – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The Business of Being a Writer” by Jane Friedman available from Rakuten Kobo. Writers talk about their work in many ways: as an art, as a calling, as a lifestyle. Too often missing from these conver…

The Story Grid ebook by Shawn Coyne – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The Story Grid What Good Editors Know” by Shawn Coyne available from Rakuten Kobo. WHAT IS THE STORY GRID? The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful …

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The Business Owner's Compendium ebook by Joe Solari – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The Business Owner’s Compendium A layman’s guide to starting, owning, and operating a business” by Joe Solari available from Rakuten Kobo. Do you wish your business came with an instruction manual? Do you know how to make your customer smile but can’t figure …

The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide ebook by Joel Friedlander – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide Every Indie Author’s Essential Directory-To Help You Prepare, Publish, and Promote Professional Looking Books” by Joel Friedlander available from Rakuten Kobo. “An essential reference to the best publishing resources for every self-published author.

Fast-Draft Your Memoir ebook by Rachael Herron – Rakuten Kobo

Read “Fast-Draft Your Memoir Write Your Life Story in 45 Hours” by Rachael Herron available from Rakuten Kobo. This is your roadmap for completing the memoir you’ve dreamed about writing. “Rachael Herron resonates with our audience…

1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, Volume 2 ebook by Bryan Cohen – Rakuten Kobo

Read “1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, Volume 2 More Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More” by Bryan Cohen available from Rakuten Kobo. Have You Ever Experienced Writer’s Block? This Collection Of 1,000 Writing Prompts Is Just What You Need! “This i…

Take Off Your Pants! ebook by Libbie Hawker – Rakuten Kobo

Read “Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing (Revised Edition)” by Libbie Hawker available from Rakuten Kobo. When it comes to writing books, are you a “plotter” or a “pantser?” Is one method really better than the other? In this …

Pep Talks for Writers ebook by Grant Faulkner – Rakuten Kobo

Read “Pep Talks for Writers 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo” by Grant Faulkner available from Rakuten Kobo. Every writer knows that as rewarding as the creative process is, it can often be a bumpy road. Have hope and keep at it!…

5,000 Words Per Hour ebook by Chris Fox – Rakuten Kobo

Read “5,000 Words Per Hour Write Faster, Write Smarter” by Chris Fox available from Rakuten Kobo. 5,000 words an hour. Total BS, right? Check the reviews and you’ll see that some people exceed that. Those that don’t st…

Discoverability ebook by Kristine Kathryn Rusch – Rakuten Kobo

Read “Discoverability A WMG Writers Guide” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch available from Rakuten Kobo. Discoverability: a modern marketing buzzword. For writers, discoverability means the difference between gaining an audie…

Writing into the Dark ebook by Dean Wesley Smith – Rakuten Kobo

Read “Writing into the Dark How to Write a Novel without an Outline” by Dean Wesley Smith available from Rakuten Kobo. With more than a hundred published novels and more than seventeen million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestse…

Sin and Syntax ebook by Constance Hale – Rakuten Kobo

Read “Sin and Syntax How to Craft Wicked Good Prose” by Constance Hale available from Rakuten Kobo. A fully revised and updated edition with writing prompts and challenges in every chapter Today’s writers need more spunk…

How to Write a Damn Good Thriller ebook by James N. Frey – Rakuten Kobo

Read “How to Write a Damn Good Thriller A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters” by James N. Frey available from Rakuten Kobo. A quick look at any fiction bestseller list reveals that thrillers make up most of the titles at the top. HOW TO WRITE A…

Story audiobook by Robert McKee – Rakuten Kobo

Listen to “Story Style, Structure, Substance, and the Pri” by Robert McKee available from Rakuten Kobo. Narrated by Robert McKee. Start a free 30-day trial today and get your first audiobook free. For more than 15 years, Robert McKee’s students have been taking Hollywood’s top honors. His “Story Sem

The War of Art ebook by Steven Pressfield – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The War of Art Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” by Steven Pressfield available from Rakuten Kobo. “A vital gem…a kick in the ass.” — Esquire “Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation.” — Jay McInern…

On Writing ebook by Stephen King – Rakuten Kobo

Read “On Writing A Memoir Of The Craft” by Stephen King available from Rakuten Kobo. Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S TOP 100 NONFICTION B…

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