Cool Stuff

Books on writing worth their read (click on the image to be taken to Amazon.com to purchase any of the titles listed–you wont be sorry!):

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft–It’s a memoir.  It’s a writing how-to.  It’s dark and sardonic.  It’s light and comical.  It’s the reclaiming of life from death (and near death).  Bust most of all it’s a love story–a writer who loves his work, and a man who loves a woman.

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Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life–Think you’ve got a book inside of you? Anne Lamott isn’t afraid to help you let it out. She’ll help you find your passion and your voice, beginning from the first really crummy draft to the peculiar letdown of publication. Readers will be reminded of the energizing books of writer Natalie Goldberg and will be seduced by Lamott’s witty take on the reality of a writer’s life, which has little to do with literary parties and a lot to do with jealousy, writer’s block and going for broke with each paragraph. Marvelously wise and best of all, great reading.

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William Strunk & E.B. White, The Elements of Style–This classic work will help you trim down your writing (rule # 17. Omit needles words).  It is a concise refresher on the grammar lessons we have all forgotten and the style lessons most writers need.  Strunk and White’s combination of brevity and clarity makes this grammar/style pill easy to swallow.  Their memorable delivery makes this otherwise technical volume a pleasure to read.  And best of all the petite book is so slight in stature that it fits in your pocket.

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Sally Stuart, The Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2011For more than 25 years, the Christian Writers’ Market Guide has been the most comprehensive and highly recommended resource for Christian writers, agents, editors, publishers, publicists, and writing teachers on the market.  In addition to providing a wealth of ideas and tips for publishing in the Christian industry, the CWMG also includes up-to-date information on more than 400 book publishers, more than 600 periodicals, and hundreds of agents, contests, conferences, editorial services, niche markets, self-publishing services, and more.
This is the ultimate reference tool for Christian writers.

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Writer’s Market Guide 2011–This is the writer’s bible to freelance success by providing the updated information writers need to get published and get paid for their work. Features include: more than 3,500 completely updated listings from the previous edition; exclusive interviews with successful writers, such as Charlaine Harris, Gwendolyn Heasley, and Cliff Dorfman; completely updated “How Much Should I Charge?” rate chart for freelancers; and new articles on topics such as how to use social media and online freelance writing.

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