Pick one book, one podcast, one blog, and one social media for a test drive. But first, write, and second, start your email list. Those are non-negotiable. Write and start your email list.
BooksThe First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke
A perfect book for newbies to fiction writing.
The First Five Pages by Noah LukemanAnd here for fiction or non-fiction. You’ll probably read it twice.
11 Secrets to Getting Published by Mary DeMuthFrom one of our fearless leaders. Knowing these secrets will save you much time and heartache later.
Writing and Selling the Christian Novel by Penelope Stokes
Her chapter on point of view is excellent.
The Writer’s Market by Writer’s Digest
A wealth of info on publishing, submitting, etc. It comes out every year, but one from a previous year can be beneficial.
Telling True Stories by Kramer and Call
A compilation of tips and direction.
On Writing by Stephen KingFor tips and motivation
Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
Scene and Structure by Jack Bickham
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King
Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight SwainUnderstanding his teaching on motivational-reaction units is highly beneficial
On Writing Well by William ZinsserFor nonfiction
Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting by Linda GeorgeA guide to outlining a novel using the Hero’s Journey and Three-Act Structure. Email if you’d like the spreadsheet Darren created to use with this book (email@example.com).
The Elements of Style by Strunk and WhiteGreat grammar tips
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne TrussWho thought punctuation could be so fun.
The MLA Handbook, The Chicago Style Manual, or Turabian can be found used at Half Price Books, but you can typically google “footnote newspaper article format Turabian,” for example and find what you need for free.
The Writership Podcast
The Novel Marketing Podcast
The Sell More Books Show
The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast
Websites / BlogsOnline Critique Group: You can fully participate without a membership. http://www.scribophile.com/
Randy Ingermanson http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/
Kboards (Writer’s Boards) http://www.kboards.com/index.php?board=60.0
Submission Search https://duotrope.com/account/login.aspx
Writer News http://www.thepassivevoice.com/
All Things Writing http://www.writersdigest.com/
For Bibliography/Works Cited and Footnotes/Endnotes http://www.easybib.com/
Social MediaEmail List: mailchimp or constant contact