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Recommenced Book Lists For Writers


ACW's Recommended Writer's Library

Begin building your writer's library gradually, as you can afford to - being a good steward of your financial resources. Sections A through F can be ordered online from 1-800-21-WRITE or e-mail ACWriters@aol.com for a printed catalog.

Select 1 book from each category, then add a second, and so forth, until you have a well-stock library of writer's tools, training, and reference materials.

A. Market Guides

  • Christian Writer's Market Guide by Sally Stuart, an annual publication. Sally's guide has over 2000 Christian publications and organizations listed.
  • Writer's Market by Writers Digest publications, an annual publication. This secular market guide has only about 200 religious markets listed, including cults and other non-Christian publications.

B. Basic How-to-be-a-Writer Books

  • An Introduction to Christian Writing by Ethel Herr, a classic.
  • Complete Guide to Writing for Publication by
  • Guide to Getting Published by Sally Stuart
  • Money Wise by Dennis Hensley

C. Writer's Toolbox Style Guides

  • Christian Writers' Manual of Style by Robert Hudson
  • Elements of Style by Wm. Strunk & E.B. White, a short & to-the-point classic.
  • Flip Dictionary by Barbara Ann Kipfer
  • Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale
  • Woe Is I by Patricia O'Conner, best tongue-in-cheek fun grammar guide around.

D. Writer's Toolbox Reference Books

  • Book Proposals that Sell by W. Terry Whalin
  • Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
  • You Can Market Your Book by Carmen Leal

E. Genre-specific Guides

  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser, a classic.
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
  • Art & Craft of Poetry by Michael J. Bugeja
  • Effective Magazine Writing by Roger Palms, former editor of Decision magazine!
  • Feminine Wiles by Donna Elizabeth Boetig
  • How to Write & Sell the Christian Novel by Gilbert Morris
  • How to Write Funny by Greg Gagliardi
  • How to Write What You Love by Dennis Hensley

Plus our OCACW President's pick for Inspirational Books for Christian Writers:

  • Indelible Ink by Scott Larsen
  • Write His Answer by Marlene Bagnull, a Bible study for Christian writers!
  • The Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland, gifts and character as a writer.
  • Writer to Writer by Bodie & Brock Thoene, by a great Christian fiction team.
  • The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken, visit with Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, etc.
  • Writing A Book that makes a Difference by Philip Gerard, why do you write?
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