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 Just Write.  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


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

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

For Laughs

 Life in Publishing   Because some days it feels like this

Books About Books

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

Ex Libris: confessions of a common reader &  At 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

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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