How to Books for Writing:  Fiction | Non-Fiction | Poetry | Play & Screen

Reference Books for Writing:  Style & Grammar | Publishing & Marketing | Children’s | Freelancing | Romance

Recommended Reading:  Classics | Short Stories | Miscellaneous

GCWA Online Catalog of Books for Writers

The book list links Books for Writers to online book stores and the local Lee County Library, when available. Members are invited to add their favorites to the book list.

How-to Books for Writers – Fiction

The First Five Pages: A Writer’S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile, by Noah Lukeman
(Not available at Lee County Library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

How to Write a Damn Good Thriller, by James Frey
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

How to Grow a Novel, by Sol Stein
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

Writing the Natual Way, by Gabriele Lusser Rico
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

On Writing, by Steven King
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maass
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

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How-to Books for Writers – Non-Fiction

Writing Lives, by Leon Edel, 1987
(Not available at Lee County Library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

Old friend from far away : the practice of writing memoir by Natalie Goldberg
Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

Biographer’s Craft by Milton Lomask
(Not available at Lee County Library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

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How-to Books for Writers – Poetry

The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate 2004-2006.
(Not available at Library)
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Writing Poems by Michelle Boisseau, Christine Wallace, Randall Mann
(Not available at Library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry by Nikki Moustaki
Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

Make a Living as a Poet by Gary Mex Glazner
(Not available at Library )
AmazonBarnes & Noble

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How-to Books for Writers – Play & Screenwriting

The Complete Book of Scriptwriting by J. Michael Straczynski
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

Naked Playwriting: The Art, The Craft, And The Life Laid Bare
by William Missouri Downs and Robin U. Russin
(Not available at Library )
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

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Reference Books for Writers – Style, Grammar, etc.

APA Publication Manual by American Psychological Association
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

The Careful Writer by Theodore M. Bernstein
(Not available at Library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

Eats, shoots & leaves : the zero tolerance approach to punctuation by Lynne Truss.
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B.White
Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

Funk & Wagnall’s Standard Handbook of Synonyms, Antonyms & Prepositions
Lee County Library Amazon

A Grammar of Present-Day English; R.W.
Pence, published 1947-1963
(not available at library)
Amazon Barnes & Noble

The Harper Dictionary of Foreign Terms
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

The Hollywood standard : the complete and authoritative guide to script format and style, by Christopher Riley
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

Line by line : how to edit your own writing by Cook, Claire Kehrwald
Lee County LibraryAmazonBarnes & Noble

The new well-tempered sentence : a punctuation handbook for the innocent, the eager, and the doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.
(not available at library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

Prentice Hall Reference Guide
(not available at library)
Amazon Barnes & Noble

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

Roget’s International Thesaurus
Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

The Writer’s Legal Companion by Brad Bunnin & Peter Beren
(Not available at Library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

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Reference Books for Writers – Publishing & Marketing

  • Literary Marketplace LMP – Directory of the American Book Publishing Industry
    Lee County LibraryAmazoninfotoday
  • How to Write Irresistible Query Letters by Lisa Collier Cool
    (Not available at Library)
    AmazonBarnes & Noble
  • Writer’s Market
    More than 3500 market listings for writers.
    Older versions can be checked out of the library, but the 2010 edition can only be used in house.
    Amazon
    Barnes & Noble

Reference Books for Writers – Children’s Books

  • A Basic Guide to Writing, Selling, and Promoting Children’s Books  by Betsy B. Lee
    (not available at library)
    Amazon Barnes & Noble

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Reference Books for Writers – Freelancing

The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing, edited by Timothy
Harper.  Griffin

Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

The Freelance Success Book:  Insider Secrets for
Selling Every Word You Write
by David Taylor.  Peak Writing Press.

(not available at library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira
Allen.  Allworth Press.

Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a
Freelance Writer in Six
Months or Less
by Peter Bowerman, Fanove Publishing
Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

Writing Freelance….Christine Adamec
(not available at library)
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Reference Books for Writers – Romance

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Your Romance Published by Julie Beard
Alpha Books, (January, 2000)

(not available at library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

How to Write a Romance for the New Market and Get Published by Kathryn Falk
Genesis Press Inc., (September, 1999)

(not available at library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

You Can Write a Romance by Rita Clay Estrada
Writers Digest Books, (August, 1999)

Lee County Library AmazonBarnes & Noble

Writing Romances; A Handbook by the Romance Writers of America by Rita Gallagher, Rita Clay Estrada
(not available at library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

Writing Romance by Vanessa Grant
(not available at library)
AmazonBarnes & Noble

The Art of Romance Writing : How to Create, Write and Sell Your
Contemporary Romance Novel

by Valerie Parv (not available at library)
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RECOMMENDED READING: The Classics

Death in Venice …Thomas Mann
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

The Kiss ….Anton Chekhov
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

Snows of Kilimanjaro…Hemingway
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

Babylon Revisited….F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

That Evening Sun…..William Faulkner
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

A Perfect Day For Banana Fish….J. D. Salinger
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

Big Blonde…..Dorothy Parker
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

Paul’s Case….Willa Cather
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

The Rocking Horse Winner….D.H. Lawrence
Lee County LibraryAmazon Barnes & Noble

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RECCOMENDED READING: Short Stories

What Ails the Short Story, an essay by Stephen King in the NY Times, 2007.

To win contests or gain publication, it is necessary to understand the current state of the genre. 

The 50 Best Short Stories of All Time – How many have you read?

Twenty Great American Short Stories – American Literature

Best short stories and novellas to read in 2016

Celebrate Short Story Month With These 17 Stellar Short Stories

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Miscellaneous

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