Books for Writers (and Readers too)

I’m often asked what I would recommend, so this is the beginning of a possibly infinite list. Never too obvious to add the old advice: read, read, read. Thanks to all who made suggestions here.  If you have a favourite book I’ve missed out, do please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

Teach Yourself has a fabulous creative writing community blogsite called The Future Bookshelf. Worth paying them a visit!

Getting Published

From Pitch to Publication: everything you need to know about getting your novel published Carole Blake

Write to be Published Nicola Morgan – Nicola Morgan provides fantastic advice for writers on her website.  Approachable, straightforward and very wise! Follow her on Twitter @nicolamorgan.

The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

Becoming a Better Writer

Becoming a Writer Dorothea Brande

Zen in the Art of Writing Ray Bradbury

Into the Woods: a 5 Act Journey into Story  John Yorke

Negotiating with the Dead: a writer on writing  Margaret Atwood

On Writing: a memoir of the craft  Stephen King (and if you haven’t read Stephen King, you should)

Why I Write  George Orwell

The Practice of Writing  & Writing Fiction  David Lodge

How to Write (Guardian) Philip Olterman

Bird by Bird: some instructions on writing and life Anne Lamott

The Forest for the Trees: an editor’s advice to writers Betsy Lerner

The Seven Basic Plots: why we tell stories Christopher Booker

The Writing Life: authors speak   British Library audio

The Writing Life    Annie Dillard

Writers’ Groups

Either on a local or regional level (e.g New Writing North) these are extremely helpful with advice, support and company!  Find out what’s available in your area,

Helpful websites/articles

How Publishing Really Works

Help! I Need a Publisher!

Stroppy Author

Brain Pickings: 9 Books on Reading & Writing

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Books About Books

Howards End is on the Landing: a year of reading from home  Susan Hill

Ex Libris: confessions of a common readerAt Large and at Small: confessions of a literary hedonist Anne Fadiman

Outside of a Dog: a bibliomemoir  Rick Gekoski

The Reading Promise: 3218 nights of reading with my father Alice Ozma

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: a memoir, a history  Lewis Buzbee

The Child That Books Built Francis Spufford

So Many Books So Little Time: a year of passionate reading   Sara Nelson


Read William Goldman on screenwriting, Diana Athill on editing (and her life)

Read fairy stories, and above all, and once again, read read read.



7 responses to “Information for Writers”

  1. J. Rapilliard says:

    Do you accept submissions?

  2. Andrew Traub says:

    I understand that the publishing date for ‘The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle’ will be 13/03. Unfortunately I am leaving UK on 15/03, and am anxious to take a copy with me to a friend in Switzerland. What is the best way to make this possible?

    Andrew Traub

    • Fede says:

      Hello Andrew
      It looks like you’re leaving the country after the book is published, so I suggest you visit your local bookshop in advance and order a copy so that it’s ready for when you leave. Or buy a copy online. Thanks!

  3. Moira McLaren says:

    I have just finished reading “The legacy of Elizabeth Pringle” on my kindle and it was a wonderful story and so beautifully written. I was hooked by the characters from the first page and was amazed at how much I learned about Arran. I live on the Ayrshire coast and look to Arran every day when I walk my dogs on the beach but reading this book has made it come alive for me.
    I look forward to Kirsty’s next book.

    Many thanks


  4. Sharon says:

    Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande is a classic on the art of writing! It is the book that first gave me the confidence to become a novelist; without it I would surely still have been dreaming.

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