The Craft and Business of Writing: Essential Tools for Writing Success, by the Editors of Writer’s Digest books
I recently discovered a real “page-turner” I couldn’t put down—and unfortunately, couldn’t afford. Happily, my school library recently acquired it, and it’s sitting beside me now, as I type this. (And no, it’s not a novel.)
If you’re interested in writing as a career, or even in just publishing a few stories every now and then, this is a book you may definitely want to check out at your library or the nearest bookstore. I haven’t read it front to back, but the portions I have perused are chock-full of sound advice and practical, “here’s how to do it and here’s how not to do it” instruction. I especially appreciate how the editors work to spark your interest through questions, suggestions, and anecdotes, in addition to both positive and negative examples of whatever topic they are addressing. Overall, it gives a good understanding of both business aspects of writing and the building blocks of writing itself.
Here’s just a bit of what this book offers (quoted from the back):
For more than eighty years, the Writer’s Market series has provided the timeless advice and detailed instruction writers have come to depend on to achieve their goals. The Craft & Business of Writing offers the best of that instruction from award-winning writers such as M.J. Rose, Lee K. Abbott, Alyce Miller, Fred Marchant, Jennifer Cruisie, Megan McCafferty, Gary Provost, Monica Wood, and Deborah Hopkinson.
In this book, writers, agents, and editors offer their insights into every genre and facet of the publishing industry, so whether you write fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, or poetry—or a little of everything—this essential all-in-one reference includes everything you need to start and maintain your writing career.
To hone your craft and increase your skill as a writer, you’ll find solid advice on how to:
- Craft intricate plots and nuanced characters
- Improve the pace and veracity of your dialogue
- Write in rhyme, or with appropriate meter
To successfully market yourself and sell your work, you’ll learn how to:
- Find and work with an agent
- Negotiate contracts and collaborate with editors
- Test and submit article ideas
No matter what your skill level or area of creative interest, The Craft & Business of Writing is an invaluable addition to your reference library.
Interested? Check it out on Amazon and peruse a few chapters for free!