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Useful Books for Writers

Brewer, Robert Lee, ed. Guide to Literary Agents 2019. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 2018. A comprehensive directory.

Brewer, Robert Lee, ed. Novel and Short Story Writer's Market 2019. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 2018. Detailed listings for book publishers, agents, and others; also includes articles on the craft and business of fiction writing.

Brewer, Robert Lee, ed. Writer's Market 2019. Deluxe ed. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 2018. An invaluable resource, covering both book and magazine publishing. The deluxe edition includes an online subscription to, featuring a searchable database, recordkeeping forms, and other useful tools.

Larsen, Michael. How to Get a Literary Agent. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2006. From the back cover: "Here's everything you need to know to find an agent who'll be as excited about your book as you are."

Larsen, Michael. How to Write a Book Proposal. 4th ed. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 2011. Step-by-step guide to proposal writing. The author is a longtime agent.

Lerner, Betsy. The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers. Rev. ed. New York: Riverhead Books, 2010. Sage advice from someone who combines the background and expertise of a literary agent, editor, and writer.

Lyon, Elizabeth. Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore. New York: Perigee Books, 2008. One of the most useful books on manuscript revision; applies to nonfiction as well as fiction.

Lyon, Elizabeth. Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance before Writing Your Book. Rev. ed. New York: Perigee Books, 2002. One of the best guides to proposal writing; strongly recommended.

Lyon, Elizabeth. A Writer's Guide to Fiction. New York: Perigee Books, 2004. A highly recommended resource for fiction writers.

Rabiner, Susan, and Alfred Fortunato. Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction--and Get It Published. New York: Norton, 2002. An excellent resource from an insider's perspective (Rabiner is an agent and former editor; Fortunato is an editor).

Sands, Katharine, ed. Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye. Waukesha, WI: The Writer Books/Kalmbach, 2004. Useful articles by agents on their preferences and procedures.

Sedwick, Helen. Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook: The Step-by-Step Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing. Santa Rosa, CA: Ten Gallon Press, 2014. Lots of useful information on the business of self-publishing.


Agent Query  Large, easily searchable database of literary agents. It's also free.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs  Offers information on writing programs and conferences and provides other services to writers.

Authors Guild  An important advocacy organization. There's a membership fee, but some features of the site are accessible to nonmembers. Member benefits include free contract reviews.

Literary Market Place (LMP)  A major resource for the book-publishing industry. Provides comprehensive information on agents, publishers, and industry services.

PublishersMarketplace  A service of Though there's a membership fee, some areas of the site are available free--including profiles of agents and writers and information on book deals.

Publishers Weekly  Comprehensive source of publishing-related news, author profiles, book reviews, statistics, and other features.

ShawGuides: Writers Conferences & Workshops  Has many conference and workshop listings. You can also search for conferences by month, topic, or location.

US Copyright Office  News, FAQs, forms, and other resources.  Includes tips, blogs, and other resources. Useful features include listings of the top websites and blogs for writers.  Online version of Writer's Market. Important source of information on book and magazine markets as well as other topics of interest to writers.

Writers' Union of Canada  Membership is limited to Canadians who are published authors, but various services are also available to nonmembers.

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