APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch. A must-read for anyone considering self-publishing.
The Art of War for Writers, James Scott Bell. Not only strategy, but also tactics for writing well.
The First Five Pages, Noah Lukeman
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, Kathy Ide. An updated version of Ide’s Polishing the PUGS: Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling. Unless you aspire to be a copyeditor, you don’t need the Chicago manual. You do need this book.
Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View, Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Renni Browne and Dave King
Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint, Nancy Kress
Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, James Scott Bell
Writing Fiction For Dummies, Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy. Great overview of many fiction elements.
Writing in Obedience: A Primer for Christian Fiction Writers, Terry Burns and Linda Yezak. Inspirational and informative. A must-read for new writers.
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Author Media: blogging, websites, marketing
Bestseller Society: Online education forum for writers of all levels; includes nonfiction, fiction, and marketing tracks
The Book Designer: self-publishing, book design for print and e-books
Chip MacGregor: agent
Copyblogger: nonfiction writing, especially for content marketing
Edittorrent: writing and editing
New Authors Fellowship: By and for unpublished Christian novelists writing in the speculative genres; I am an editor for this site.
Novel Marketing: a marketing podcast just for novelists
Query Shark: agent; learn how to write query letters by studying bad examples
Sean Boylan on Social Styles (Four personality types)
Speculative Faith: analysis of speculative fiction and other media from a Christian perspective
Writers Helping Writers: fiction writing
Hiveword novel organizer
Scriptito novel organizer and online publishing platform