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The ABC's of Writing for Children, by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff.
114 Children's Authors and Illustrators Talk About the Art, the Business, the Craft, & the Life of Writing Children's Literature.

Beginning Writer's Answer Book, edited by Jane Friedman.
This, the 30th Anniversary Edition of this essential writer's reference guide provides the answers to the top 1,000 questions most often asked by beginning writers.

Bulletproof Book Proposals, by Pam Brodowsky and Eric Neuhaus.
An easy to follow ten-step plan for writing a nonfiction book proposal, plus twelve real-life book proposals that were accepted.

The Craft & Business of Writing, from the Editors of Writer's Digest Books.
Essential Tools for Writing Success. Articles on all aspects of the craft and business sides of writing, covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's writing.

Daily Grammar Lessons, by Bill Johanson.
A concise, complete course that covers the fundamentals of English grammar and punctuation.

Damn! Why Didn't I Write That?, by Marc McCutcheon.
How Ordinary People are Raking in $100,000.00... or more Writing Nonfiction Books & How You Can Too!

DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community, by Gabriela Pereira.
Join the do-it-yourself craze and design and participate in your own MFA writing program under the guidance of Gabriela Pereira a writer, teacher, and MFA program graduate.

The Editor's Companion, by Steve Dunham.
This is a guide that looks more at the art of editing, rather than at the nuts and bolts of the craft. Along the way, the author has crafted an eminently readable and helpful guide for both editors and writers.

English Grammar for Dummies, 2e, by Geraldine Woods.
Concise and easy to understand, this book teaches the fundamentals of English grammar from fine-tuning verbs to the grammar rules for new media.

English Grammar Workbook for Dummies, 2e, by Geraldine Woods.
Featuring hundreds of grammar problems, this workbook will give you the practice that you need to hone your English grammar skills. Answers are provided for all of the exercises.

The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal, by Stephen Blake Mettee.
A concise, easy to understand, step-by-step guide that takes you through the entire process of writing a nonfiction book proposal.

Feature & Magazine Writing: Action, Angle, and Anecdotes, 3e, by David E. Sumner and Holly G. Miller.
A concise guide on feature writing for the magazine and digital markets. Well suited for use by novice writers, as well as for more experience writers seeking to transition into feature writing.

Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can't Seem to Get Done, by Cary Tennis and Danelle Morton.
Are you having trouble finishing a writing project? Do you find it difficult to set aside time to write? Are you serious about getting on with our writing? If so, Finishing School is a book that will help you overcome the blocks that are keeping you from writing, and which will also help you develop the skills needed to set aside time to write, and most important, to stick to the schedule you choose.

Freelancing for Newspapers: Writing for an Overlooked Market, by Sue Fagalde Lick.
An accessible guide that explains the ins and outs of freelancing for newspapers, in which Lick provides a solid foundation from which professional and novice writers can begin writing for newspapers.

Grammar & Style At Your Fingertips, by Lara M. Robbins.
A handy reference guide to English grammar and style that is understandable and easy to navigate, allowing you to readily find the information you need, and it is written so that even readers with a shaky grasp of grammar can understand the rules and how to determine the correct usage in a given situation.

If You Can Talk, You Can Write, by Joel Saltzman.
This delightful book is the best how-to 'get' writing primer that I have come across. It will help get you writing and, just as important, it will help to keep you writing, once you've started.

The Jewish Journaling Book, by Janet Ruth Falon.
A handy and inspirational guidebook on all aspects related to the art and practice of keeping a journal.

Life Writing, by Fred D. White.
Drawing From Personal Experience to Create Features You Can Publish.

The Lost Saranac Interviews, by Joe David Bellamy and Connie Bellamy.
Forgotten Conversations with Famous Writers: Contains the complete transcripts of interviews with famous writers, including Joyce Carol Oats, Margaret Atwood, Annie Dillard, and E.L. Doctorow. These interviews were conducted between 1976-1980, during the Saranac Writer's Conference.

The Making of a Story versus Method and Madness, both by Alice LaPlante.
The Making of a Story versus Method and Madness is an article/review that looks at the similarities between the above-mentioned writing books, which were written by Alice LaPlante.

The Only Grammar & Style Workbook You'll Ever Need, by Susan Thurman.
With more than 150 exercises, this workbook provides practical drills which help to reinforce your understanding, and application, of English grammar.

The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need, by Susan Thurman.
A handy reference guide to the fundamentals of English grammar. It is geared toward helping you improve your writing skills at every level and in every environment from school to personal correspondence.

The Portable Writer's Conference, edited by Stephen Blake Mettee.
This virtual writer's conference contains more than 40 in-depth, information-packed essays that offer advice on everything from the basics of fiction and nonfiction writing to the business side of the publishing industry.

The Productive Writer, by Sage Cohen
A book review of The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less, & Create Success, a handy guide that will help you to organize your writing life and to increase productivity as a writer.

The Science Writers' Handbook, by The Writers of SciLance.
Twenty-six information packed chapters that teach you "Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age."

Scientific Writing: A Reader and Writer's Guide, by Jean-Luc Lebrun.
A concise and readable guide on how to write science papers that are accessible, accurate, and which will hold your readers attention, whether they are science professionals or general readers.

The Self-Publishing Manual, by Dan Poynter.
How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book. A comprehensive guidebook that will lead you through all the steps of self-publishing, from choosing a title for your book to selling it.

Stein on Writing, by Sol Stein.
A classic reference book on writing and editing both fiction and nonfiction works, and one which will help you to fix some common, and not so common, writing problems.

Story Craft, by Jack Hart.
The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction. An essential guide for anyone intersted in learning about and mastering the art of narrative nonfiction.

The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, by Shawn Coyne.
Learn how to break down and analyze your novel in order to determine what works, what doesn't, and how to fix it!

Time to Write, by Frank Milligan.
Discovering the Writer Within After 50. This is an inspirational and educational guide to fulfilling a dream, starting a new hobby, or even starting a second career, as a writer.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield.
Are you a writer, painter, or other type of creative person, who seems to have difficulty getting down to actually writing, painting, or pursuing the creative endeavor that you were born to do? If so, The Art of War might just be that little push that you need to get you started on the path of actually start working on your craft and, over time, to make the most of your talents...

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be A Writer, by Cynthia MacGregor.
Finally, a book for the budding wordsmith...

Words That Work, by Dr. Frank Luntz.
It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear. Drawn from political and corporate sources, Luntz examines how using the right word or phrase can make or break a campaign, and how you can learn to use words to influence and motivate people.

Write is a Verb, by Bill O'Hanlon.
A motivational book that will help you discover the techniques and motivational factors that will get you, and keep you, writing.

Writer Mama, by Christina Katz.
How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids.

Writing Fiction & Imaginative Writing, by Janet Burroway.
For a novice writer looking for advice on how to begin here writers' education, take a look at Writing Fiction & Imaginative Writing. Both of these books, by Janet Burroway, provide a commendable introduction to the art, and craft, of writing.

Writing Nonfiction, by Dan Poynter
This is not a how-to-write book. Rather, this book will help you select a topic, gathering your information, and organizing it into a readable, and saleable commodity.

The Writing Workshop Note Book, by Alan Ziegler.
Notes on Creating and Workshopping.

Writing Your Life Story, by Michael Oke.
How to Record and Present Your Memories for Friends and Family to Enjoy.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up, by Lee Gutkind.
The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction - from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between.

You Don't Have to Be Famous, by Steve Zousmer.
A step-by-step guide on writing your life's story, geared to non-professional writers, that takes you through the entire process of writing you own memoir or autobiography.

You've Got a Book in You, by Elizabeth Sims.
Do you have a book in you that is dying to get out? If so, let Elizabeth Sims show you the fun and easy way to write your first book.

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