Recommended Reading & Resources
For Authors
(and editors, too)
  • The Best Punctuation Book, Period by June Casagrande

  • The Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn

  • Creating Characters by the Editors of Writer's Digest

  • The Emotion Thesaurus by Ackerman and Puglusi

  • Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert Your Writing into Palpable Feelings by Nicholas C. Rossis

  • Grammatically Correct by Anne Stilman (one of my favorite grammar books because her examples are often funny)

  • How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript by James Scott Bell

  • Liz Fielding's Little Book of Writing Romance by Liz Fielding (not just for romance writers; if you're writing character-driven stories, take a look)

  • On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels

  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser

  • Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes

  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King

  • Story Trumps Structure by Steven James

  • The Subversive Copyeditor by Carol Fisher Saller

  • Wordslut by Amanda Montell

  • Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell
     

  • Jane Friedman's Blog (if you only have time to follow one professional, make it Jane)