Making Words Count
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Here are some references writers turn to for practical help, instruction, inspiration—and fun.



  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature, edited by Meredith Maran
  • Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction—and Get It Published by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato
  • The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
  • Write the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 That Sold and Why, 3rd Edition by Jeff Herman and Deborah Levine Herman
  • Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents 2017: Who They Are, What They Want, How To Win Them Over by Jeff Herman
  • The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It ... Successfully! by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
  • The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent
  • What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing by Peter Ginna


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