Recommended Reading

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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.

Finding Your Voice: How to Put Personality in Your Writing, Les Edgerton

The First Five Pages, Noah Lukeman

The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth, James N. Frey

Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction, Jeff Gerke

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New Authors Fellowship: By and for unpublished Christian novelists writing in the speculative genres; I am an editor for this site.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

Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

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

Online tools

Hiveword novel organizer

Scriptito novel organizer and online publishing platform

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