Best Authorship Reference Books

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1. The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition

Author: by The University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff
Published at: University of Chicago Press; Seventeenth edition (September 5, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0226287058

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Technologies may change, but the need for clear and accurate communication never goes out of style. That is why for more than one hundred years The Chicago Manual of Style has remained the definitive guide for anyone who works with words.

In the seven years since the previous edition debuted, we have seen an extraordinary evolution in the way we create and share knowledge. This seventeenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style has been prepared with an eye toward how we find, create, and cite information that readers are as likely to access from their pockets as from a bookshelf.

It offers updated guidelines on electronic workflows and publication formats, tools for PDF annotation and citation management, web accessibility standards, and effective use of metadata, abstracts, and keywords. It recognizes the needs of those who are self-publishing or following open access or Creative Commons publishing models.

The citation chapters reflect the ever-expanding universe of electronic sourcesincluding social media posts and comments, private messages, and app contentand also offer updated guidelines on such issues as DOIs, time stamps, and e-book locators. Other improvements are independent of technological change.

2. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Author: by William Zinsser

Harper Perennial

336 pages


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On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet.

Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher.

With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

3. A Poetry Handbook

Author: by Mary Oliver
Published at: Mariner Books; First edition (August 15, 1994)
ISBN: 978-0156724005

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With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is builtmeter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. She talks of iambs and trochees, couplets and sonnets, and how and why this should matter to anyone writing or reading poetry.

Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space. Mary Oliver would probably never admit to anything so grandiose as an effort to connect the conscious mind and the heart (that’s what she says poetry can do), but that is exactly what she accomplishes in this stunning little handbook.Los Angeles Times

4. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Author: by Natalie Goldberg
Published at: Shambhala; Anniversary edition (February 2, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1611803082

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The all-time best-selling writer’s handbook turns thirty. With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft: on writing from “first thoughts” (keep your hand moving, don’t cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don’t listen to it)even on choosing a restaurant in which to write.

Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author’s witty approach (“Writing Is Not a McDonald’s Hamburger,” “Man Eats Car,” “Be an Animal”), will inspire anyone who writesor who longs to.

5. Writer's Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

Author: by Robert Lee Brewer
Published at: Writer's Digest Books; ninety-ninth edition (November 5, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1440301223

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The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published! Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer’s Market 2020 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agentsas well as new playwriting and screenwriting sections.

These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published. Beyond the listings, you’ll find articles devoted to the business and promotion of writing. Discover 20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing, how to develop an author brand, and overlooked funds for writers.

This edition also includes the ever-popular pay-rate chart and book publisher subject index! You also gain access to: Lists of professional writing organizations Sample query letters How to land a six-figure book deal

6. Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Author: by Roy Peter Clark
Published at: Little, Brown Spark; 1st edition (January 10, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0316014991

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A special 10th anniversary edition of Roy Peter Clark’s bestselling guide to writing, featuring five bonus tools. Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America’s most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of fifty short essays on different aspects of writing.

In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available. Organized into four sections, “Nuts and Bolts,” “Special Effects,” “Blueprints for Stories,” and “Useful Habits,” Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature.

This new edition includes five brand new, never-before-shared tools. Accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and above all, useful for every type of writer, from high school student to novelist, Writing Tools is essential reading.

7. Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication

Author: by Ann Whitford Paul
Published at: Writer's Digest Books; Second Edition, Revised (November 13, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1440353758

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Master the Art of Writing Enthralling Tales for the Youngest pre-and emerging readers! Fully updated and thoroughly revised, Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition is the go-to resource for writers crafting stories for children ages two to eight. You’ll learn the unique set of skills it takes to bring your story to life by using tightly focused text and leaving room for the illustrator to be creative.

Award-winning author Ann Whitford Paul helps you develop the skills you need by walking you through techniques and exercises specifically for picture book writers. You’ll find: Instruction on generating ideas, creating characters, point-of-view, beginnings and endings, plotting, word count, rhyme, and more Unique methods for using poetic techniques to enrich your writing Hands-on revision exercises (get out your scissors, tape, and highlighters) to help identify problems and improve your picture book manuscripts Updated tips for researching the changing picture book market, approaching publishers, working with an agent, and developing a platform All new quizzes and examples from picture books throughout New chapters cover issues such as page turns, agents, and self-publishingWhether you’re just starting out as a picture book writer or have tried unsuccessfully to get your work published, Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition is just what you need to craft picture books that will appeal to young children and parents, and agents and editors.

8. The Only World Building Workbook You'll Ever Need: Your New Setting Bible

Author: by T.M. Holladay
Published at: Independently published (April 5, 2020)
ISBN: 979-8630118363

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Become a master of unforgettable worlds. For novelists, game developers, producers, script writers, gamers, and even history buffs. In this second installment of Series Bibles for Writers, discover the intricate world of your stories. Whether you’re writing fantasy, science fiction, alternate reality, dystopian, time travel, historical, or even contemporary, understanding the world your characters live in is vital to giving readers an immersive experience.

Contents include in-depth prompts for: Geography & Weather Time & Physics Resources & Economy History Government & Politics Family Structure Diversity Labor & Industry Social Expectations Religion Language & Communication Technology Education Health Food & Culinary Culture Appearance, Clothing, & Hygiene Structures & Architecture Arts & Entertainment and Magic System.

After each section of prompts, space is included to keep your notes, drawings, brainstormings, political maps, battle maps, uniforms, blueprints, slang terms, lines of succession, tech specs, religious symbols, and any other extra info you want to be able to remember for later.

9. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler

Author: by Lynell George
Published at: Angel City Press (October 20, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1626400634

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A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and MacArthur Genius Octavia E.Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathehow to be in the world.

This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger. Author Lynell George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herselfher unique process of self-making.

It’s about creating a life with what little you havehand-me-down books, repurposed diaries, journals, stealing time to write in the middle of the night, making a small check stretchbit by bit by bit. Highly visual and packed with photographs of Butler’s ephemera, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer.

10. The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life

Author: by Marion Roach Smith
Published at: Grand Central Publishing; 0 edition (June 9, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0446584845

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Read the “practical resource for beginners” looking to write their own memoir because this is the essential guide on the topic – now new and revised (Kirkus Reviews)! The greatest story you could write is the one you experienced yourself.

Knowing where to start is the hardest part, but it just got a little easier with this essential guidebook for anyone wanting to write a memoir. Did you know that the #1 thing that baby boomers want to do in retirement is write a book-about themselves?

It’s not that every person has lived such a unique or dramatic life, but we inherently understand that writing a memoir-whether it’s a book, blog, or just a letter to a child-is the single greatest path to self-examination. Through the use of disarmingly frank, but wildly fun tactics that offer you simple and effective guidelines that work, you can stop treading water in writing exercises or hiding behind writer’s block.

Previously self-published under the title, Writing What You Know: Raelia, this book has found an enthusiastic audience that now writes with intent. While there have been other writing books, there’s nothing like Marion Roach Smith’s The Memoir Project.

11. Guide to Literary Agents 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (Market)

Author: by Robert Lee Brewer
Published at: Writer's Digest Books; Twenty-ninth edition (November 19, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1440354946

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The Best Resource Available for Finding a Literary Agent! No matter what you’re writing-fiction or nonfiction, books for adults or children-you need a literary agent to get the best book deal possible from a traditional publisher. Guide to Literary Agents 2020 is your go-to resource for finding that literary agent and earning a contract from a reputable publisher.

Along with listing information for more than 1,000 agents who represent writers and their books, the 29th edition of GLA includes: The key elements of a successful nonfiction book proposal. Informative articles on crafting the perfect synopsis and detailing what agents are looking for in the ideal client-written by actual literary agents.

Plus, a 30-Day Platform Challenge to help writers build their writing platforms +Includes 20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing

12. The Art Of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

Author: by Lajos Egri
Published at: Touchstone; Revised edition (February 15, 1972)
ISBN: 978-0671213329

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Learn the basic techniques every successful playwright knows! Amid the hundreds of “how-to” books out there, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play construction. Lajos Egri’s classic, The Art of Dramatic Writing, does just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay.

Examining a play from the inside out, Egri starts with the heart of any drama: its characters. All good dramatic writing hinges on people and their relationships, which serve to move the story forward and give it life, as well as an understanding of human motiveswhy people act the way that they do.

Using examples from everything from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Egri shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premisea thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behaviorand to develop the dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior.

Using Egri’s ABCs of premise, character, and conflict, The Art of Dramatic Writing is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in writing.

13. Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End

Author: by Linda Dale Bloomberg
Published at: SAGE Publications, Inc; Fourth edition (November 30, 2018)

ISBN: 978-1544336527

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Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation offers comprehensive step-by-step guidance and practical tools for navigating the personal and professional challenges that can arise during the qualitative dissertation journey. Authors Linda Dale Bloomberg and Maria Volpe skillfully blend the conceptual, theoretical, and practical, empowering readers to successfully master both the content and the process of their qualitative dissertations.

The Fourth Edition has been thoroughly updated to respond to developments in the field, allowing the book to have wider application for dissertation work within the evolving world of qualitative inquiry. Included in this edition is a new chapter titled “Achieving Alignment Throughout Your Dissertation,” a greater focus on how all qualitative traditions can encompass activist research and social justice inquiry, and enhanced coverage on the role of the researcher, emphasizing the importance of reflexivity and approaching research critically.

14. How To Self-Publish A Children's Book: Everything You Need To Know To Write, Illustrate, Publish, And Market Your Paperback And Ebook (How To Write For Children Series) (Volume 1)

Author: by Yvonne Jones
Published at: LHC Publishing (January 23, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0997025491

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Have you always wanted to write a children’s book, but thought you couldn’t? Or maybe it’s already written, but you don’t know where to go from here? Are you looking for a blueprint that can guide you from story idea all the way to published book, without feeling lost and overwhelmed even if you don’t have much time?

In How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book, Y. Eevi Jones outlines the precise path to fulfilling your dream of becoming a published children’s book author. You will find everything you need to know to write, illustrate, publish, and market your paperback and ebook.

Plus, you will find:Templates and Swipe Files of emails to hire Editors and Illustrators, plus how to ask Influencers for reviews you can feature on your cover. A Hand-Selected List of highly qualified Editors, Illustrators, Book Formatters, and Marketing Strategists you can hire, without it costing you a fortune.

Lists of Blogs, Book Festivals, Awards, and Groups specifically for marketing children’s books. BONUS: valuable Insider Tips from bestselling children’s book authors. What do they wish they’d known before they worked on their first children’s book? How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book will help you write a magical story tailored to specific age groups.

15. The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story

Author: by Matt Bondurant
Published at: Scribner; Reprint edition (December 29, 2009)
ISBN: 978-1416561408

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The inspiration for the major motion picture Lawless* Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, The Wettest County in the World is a gripping and gritty tale of bootlegging, brotherhood, and murder. The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after.

Howard, the eldest brother, is an ox of a man besieged by the horrors he witnessed in the Great War; Forrest, the middle brother, is fierce, mythically indestructible, and the consummate businessman; and Jack, the youngest, has a taste for luxury and a dream to get out of Franklin.

Driven and haunted, these men forge a business, fall in love, and struggle to stay afloat as they watch their family die, their father’s business fail, and the world they know crumble beneath the Depression and drought. White mule, white lightning, firewater, popskull, wild cat, stump whiskey, or rotgutwhatever you called it, Franklin County was awash in moonshine in the 1920s.

16. The Memoir Workbook: A Step-by Step Guide to Help You Brainstorm, Organize, and Write Your Unique Story (The Writer's Toolbox Series)

Author: by C. S. Lakin
Published at: Ubiquitous Press (December 19, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0986134791

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Stories are powerful, and humans have been telling stories since the dawn of time. Do you feel driven to share what you’ve gone through and the insights you’ve learned in life? Do you long to tell your story but don’t know where to start?

The Memoir Workbook will show you, step by step, all you need to know to tell a powerful and well-written memoir. With pen in hand, you’ll mine your memories and begin to put them in a coherent order inside the pages of the workbook.

Passages from memoirs and writing prompts will help you get your creative juices flowing. Whether you want to publish your story or write it for yourself, this unique workbook will help you learn the most effective ways to convey your life experiences onto the page.

Inside, you’ll learn these essential aspects to memoir writing:How to identify your unique story as well as the things that make your story universalThe many ways memoir can be structured, with examples to help you decide how to lay out your storyHow to determine a beginning and an ending pointWays to bring your story to life with sensory detailWhat voice is and why it’s important to write from the mature selfHow to craft distilled dialogue that is engaging and sounds naturalHow to protect yourself and others when you write your memoirWhat theme is and why you need oneHow to pick an appropriate title for your memoirWriting a memoir is a journey of the heart.