So have you ever taken a look on amazon to look for a book to buy on writing? How many people have jumped on the self publishing band wagon to get some easy cash by copying everyone. There are some books out there that are really terrible and not worth buying, there are others which are really good. But the problem is, do you know which one is which? Here I will list MY favourite writing books. If you want to join in - list some of your own.
1. Smashwords Style Guide
Smashwords allows authors to easily get onto several distributors with little to no fuss. This style guide shows them how to simply get on to the premium listing with little fuss. And it is free.
2. Smashwords Marketing Guide
I promise this won’t all be about Smashwords. But this book has over 35 useful tips to help sell your book. And again it is free.
3. Building Your Fanbase: A From-Scratch Guide for Indie Authors
A lovely little book for authors with some clear business marketing theory and easy to follow step by step instructions. A little pricey for how much it is, but if you sell 3 books from it you’ve made a profit.
4. Telling Lies for Fun & Profit
I don’t think there is a book out there on writing which has kept me up at night so much. It’s excellent delivery is matched brilliantly with its content and if you want to start writing, this is a must on your shelf.
5. ... for Dummies - Series
Okay so I am slightly cheating here – but the series has many books (from blogging to writing children’s books) which authors may find mildly useful. I wouldn’t suggest getting every book they have for sale (erotica authors may find that Children’s fiction isn’t suited for them for instance) but at least one or two could be in any collection.
6. Book Marketing Basics: How to Use Facebook, Twitter, Blogging and Email Marketing to Connect with Readers
This is book is by the same people who wrote “Building Your Fanbase” at number 3. Again beautifully written and presented, this is a book for authors who struggle with their marketing. Of course there are things which they don’t mention in this book, but for a book on basics and the newbie author this is great.