APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch. A must-read for anyone considering self-publishing.
The Art of Fiction, John Gardner. A handbook with lots of practical exercises as well as theory.
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
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New Authors Fellowship: By and for unpublished Christian novelists writing in the speculative genres; I am an editor for this site.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