Every month we’ll update our list of the best books on writing.
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How To Build Your Writer’s Platform – Geoff Hughes
Many writers now realise that they can self-publish, but few understand that to be successful they also need to self-market! The most effective way to market yourself as a writer is by creating a writer’s platform – website, blog, social media presence and a mailing list. But how do you do that?In “How to Build Your Writer’s Platform”, Geoff Hughes walks the beginner through basic internet marketing techniques, to help a self-publishing writer build their brand, grow their audience and sell more books. The book steps you through building a simple platform using free marketing tools already available on the internet.
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft – Steven King
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
Steal Like an Artist – Austin Kleon
When asked to talk to students at Broome Community College in upstate New York in the spring of 2011, Austin Kleon wrote a simple list of ten things he wished he’d heard when he was their age: Steal like an artist. Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things. Write the book you want to read.
How to Be a Writer: Who smashes deadlines, crushes editors and lives in a solid gold hovercraft – John Birmingham
This gonzo guide is a lesson in the practicalities of writing: how to be productive, professional and maybe one day even pay the rent.
‘Beauty is good, but coin is better. You can’t eat artistic integrity. It tastes like sawdust.’
“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine. The land mine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together. Now, it’s your turn. Jump!”