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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!

Happy writing!

The Indie Author Mindset ebook by Adam L Croft – Rakuten Kobo

Read “The Indie Author Mindset How changing your way of thinking can transform your writing career” by Adam L Croft with Rakuten Kobo. Do you want to sell more books and earn a good living from your fiction? Discover how to change your way of thinking and…

Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Third Edition) ebook by David Gaughran – Rakuten Kobo

Read “Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Third Edition)” by David Gaughran with Rakuten Kobo. *** Updated & Expanded Third Edition! *** Learn how to publish your work like a pro and start building your audience…

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

Read “How to Market a Book Third Edition” by Joanna Penn with 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 with 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 with Rakuten Kobo. WHAT IS THE STORY GRID? The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful …

Write. Publish. Repeat. ebook by Sean Platt – Rakuten Kobo

Read “Write. Publish. Repeat. The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success” by Sean Platt with Rakuten Kobo. Write. Publish. Repeat. The No-Luck-Required Guide to Publishing In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 …

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 with 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 with Rakuten Kobo. “An essential reference to the best publishing resources for every self-published author. Highly recommended.” — …

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 with Rakuten Kobo. **This is your roadmap for completing the memoir you’ve dreamed about writing. ** “Rachael Herron resonates with ou…

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 with 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 with Rakuten Kobo. When it comes to writing books, are you a “plotter” or a “pantser?” Is one method really better than the other? In thi…

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 with 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 with 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 with 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 with 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 with Rakuten Kobo. A fully revised and updated edition with challenges and writing prompts 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 with 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 with Rakuten Kobo. “A vital gem…a kick in the ass.” — Esquire “Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation.&…

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