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  The following reference books are excellent additions to the desk of any writer, whether the project is a novel, a nonfiction book on any subject, a dissertation, thesis, term paper, business document, medical article, law article, religious inspirational commentary, freelance magazine article, or any type letter written by an average citizen conducting home business.

  The books listed can be found at any major bookstore, but especially at amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. They are worth adding to your reference library.  The authors are experts in their fields and highly regarded.          

  Books are listed according to possible users and in alphabetical order, but you may find one or more in other sections of great interest.  Click on an area as listed below, or scroll down to see them all:    

FICTION or NON-FICTION WRITERS      BUSINESS     STUDENTS    GENERAL REFERENCE    

Best Selling Books for Writers

  1. 2013 Writer's Market
  2. Book in a Month
  3. Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure
  4. The Daily Writer
  5. The Fire in Fiction
  6. Style Guidebooks

 

 

REFERENCE BOOKS for ANY WRITER

BOOKS FOR FICTION, NONFICTION, and BUSINESS WRITERS: (in alphabetical order)

The ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors, 2nd Edition, Janet Dodd, ed. American Chemical Society, 1997

American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th ed. Cheryl Iverson et al., authors and editors, Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 2007

The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual, Norm Goldstein, ed. New York: The Associated Press, 2009

The Chicago Manual of Style, The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers, 14th ed., The University of Chicago Press, 1993

The Complete Book of Script Writing, J. Michael Straczynski, Writer's Digest Books

Copyright Handbook, R.R. Bowker, A Reed Reference Publishing Co.

Dictionary of Modern American Usage, Bryan A. Garner, Oxford University Press, 1998

Editor-Writer Relationships: How to Use Editorial Principles and Working  Tools to Build Better Relationships, Cook Communications Ministries International  Staff, Cook Communications Ministries International, c1996

Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do, 3rd Revised Edition, Gerald Gross, Grove Press, 1993

Envisioning Information, Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, 1990 (tells how to use graphs, tables, diagrams, charts, and maps to represent your data)

Families Writing, Peter R. Stillman, Calendar Islands Publishers, Inc., c1998

Guide to Literary Agents, edited by Donya Dickerson, Writer's Digest Books

The Handbook of Good English, Edward D. Johnson, Washington  Square Press, 1994Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing, Claire Kehrwald Cook, Houghton-Mifflin, 1985

How To Write Irresistible Query Letters, Lisa Collier Cook,  Writer's Digest Books

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, Orson Scott Cord, F & W Publications, c1990

How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classical Guide for Nonprofessional Writers, Lois Daniel, Chicago Review Press, c1997

Manual for Authors & Editors: Editorial Style & Manuscript Preparation, Gilliam R Barclay, M. Therese Southgate, and Robert Mayo, Lange Medical Publication, for the American Medical Association,1981

Magazine Writing That Sells, Don McKinney, Writer's Digest Books

The New York Public Library Desk Reference, 2nd Revised Edition, Macmillan, 1993

The New Roget's Thesaurus of the English Language in Dictionary Form, Norman Lewis, Putnam, 1981

The New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage,  Andrea J. Suttcliffie, ed.  New York: HarperCollins, 1994

On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction, 4th ed., William Zinsser, HarperCollins Publishers, 1909

Our Stories: A Fiction Workshop for Young Authors, Marion Dane Bauer, Houghton Mifflin Company, c1996

Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers, 12th Edition, Prentice Hall, 1995

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 3rd ed., American Psychological Association, 1983

Punctuate it Right!, 2nd ed. Harry Shaw, New York: HarperPerennial, 1993

Queries & Submissions, Thomas Clark, F & W Publications, c1995

Rewrite Right: How to Revise Your Way to Better Writing, Jan Venolia, Ten Speed Press/Periwinkle Press, c1987

Secrets of A Freelance Writer: How to Make $55,000 a Year, Robert Bly, Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, c1997

Style Manual: A Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers in the Biological Sciences, 5th ed., Council of Biology Editors, 1983

Style Manuals of the English-speaking World, John B. Howell, Oryx Press, 1983

Scientific and Technical Reports: Organization, Preparation, and Production, American National Standards Institute, 1987

Spell It Right! 4th ed. Harry Shaw, New York: HarperPerennial, 1993

Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors and Editors, Council of Biology Editors.  Oxford University Press, 1994

Sell and Resell Your Magazine Articles, Gordon Burgett, F & W Publications, c1997

The Ethics of Autobiography: Replacing the Subject in Modern Spain, Angel G. Loureiro, Vanderbilt University Press, c1999

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, 1983

The Washington Post Deskbook on Style, 2nd ed. Thomas W. Lippman, ed.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1989

The Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers & Literary Agents, Jeff Herman, Prima Publishing

Write More Sell More, Robert W. Bly, F & W Publications, c1998

Writing Feature Articles: A Practical Guide to Methods and Markets, Brendan Hennessy, Butterworth-Heinemann, c1998

Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach, F & W Publications, Inc., c2000

Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Judith Barrington, Eighth Mountain Press, c1996

Writing to Learn, William Zinsser, Harper & Row, 1988 (examples in science writing: geology, biology, and mathematics)

Writing With Passion: Life Stories, Multiple Genres, Tom Romano, Toby Gordon (Editor), Alan Huisman (Editor), Renee M. Nicholas (Editor), c1995

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.  Alice Walker

What is wrong with most writing today is its flaccidity, its lack of pleasure in the manipulation of sounds and phrases. 
The written word is becoming inert.
 
Anthony Burgess

BOOKS FOR BUSINESS WRITERS: (in alphabetical order)

A Handbook of Problem Words and Phrases, Morton S. Freeman, ISI Press, 1987

American Usage and Style: The Consensus, Roy H. Copperud, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980

Black's Law Dictionary, with Pronunciations, Henry Campbell Black, M.A., Abridged Fifth Edition by the Publisher's Editorial Staff, West Publishing Co., 1983

The Business Writer's Handbook, Third Revised Edition, Charles T. Bruisaw, Gerald J. Alred, and Walter E. Oliu, St. Martin's Press, 1987  

The Careful Writer, A Modern Guide to English Usage, Theodore M.  Bernstein, Atheneum, 1965

Computer Dictionary, Charles J. Sippl, 4th Edition, Howard Sams, 1985

The Computer Glossary Sourcebook, 5th ed., Alan Freeman, AMACOM, 1990

The Complete Guide to Writing Software User Manuals, Brad McGehee, Writer's Digest Books, 1984

Creative Conversations:  The Writer's Guide to Conducting Interviews, Writer's Digest Books, 1990

A Dictionary of Mathematical Terms, Douglas Downing, Barron's 1987

Dictionary of Robotics, Harry Waldman, Macmillan, 1985

Dictionary of Medical Terms for the Non-medical Person, 2nd Edition, Mikel A. Rothenberg, and Charles F. Chapman, Barron's, 1989

Dos, Don'ts, and Maybes of  English Usage, Theodore  Bernstein, New York Times Books, 1977

Envisioning Information, Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, 1990 (tells how to use graphs, tables, diagrams, charts, and maps to represent your data)

Error-Free Writing: A Lifetime Guide to Flawless Business Writing, Robin A. Cormier, Prentice-Hall, 1995

Grammar Review for Technical Writers, Rufus P. Turner, Krieger, 1981

How to Say It, Choice words, Phrases, Sentences & Paragraphs for Every Situation, Rosalie Maggio, Prentice Hall, 1990

How to Write Usable User Documentation, Edmond H. Weiss, 2nd Ed., Oryx Press, 1991

How to Write a Computer Manual: A Handbook of Software Documentation, Jonathan Price, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, 1984

How to Write for the World of Work, 2nd ed. Thomas Pearsall, and Donald Cunningham, Dryden Press, 1990

How to Write a Really Good User's Manual, Emanuel Katzin, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985

Magazine Writing That Sells, Don McKinney, Writer's Digest Books, 1994

Medical English Usage and Abusage, Edith Schwager, Oryx Press, 1991

Medical Secretary's and Assistants' Encyclopedic Dictionary, Leonard Karlin and Muriel S. Karlin, Prentice-Hall, 1989

The New Writer: Techniques for Writing Well with a Computer, Joan Mitchell, Microsoft Press, 1987

One Hundred Writing Remedies: Practical Exercises for Technical Writing, Edmond H. Weiss, Oryx Press, 1990

The Professional Secretary's Handbook, A Guide to the Electronic and Conventional Office, Houghton Mifflin, 1983

Punctuate it Right! 2nd ed. Harry Shaw, New York: HarperPerennial, 1993

Science, Medicine, and Technology: English Grammar and Technical Writing, Peter A. Master, Prentice-Hall, 1986

The Scientist's Handbook for Writing Papers and Dissertations, Antoinette M. Wilkinson, Prentice-Hall, 1991

Spell It Right! 4th ed. Harry Shaw, New York: HarperPerennial, 1993

The 29 Most Common Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Judy Delton, Writer's Digest Books, 1991

Standard  Dictionary of  Electrical and Electronic Terms, Edition IEEE, Frank Jay, Rev. ed., IEEE Standards, 1988

Technical Writer's Handbook, Matt Young, University Science Books, 1988

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, 1983

Writing and Managing Winning Technical Proposals, Timothy Shalen, Artech House, 1987

Word Processing for Technical Writers, Robert Krull, Baywood Press, 1988

Writing with Precision: How to Write So That You Cannot Possibly Be Misunderstood, 3rd ed. Jefferson  Bates, Acropolis, 1990

Writing to Learn, William Zinsser, Harper & Row, 1988 (examples in science writing: geology, biology, and mathematics)

The Writer's Handbook for Editing & Revision, Rick Wilber, NTNC Publishing Group, 1997

 

BOOKS FOR STUDENT WRITERS (GRADUATE OR UNDER-GRADUATE):

A Handbook of Problem Words and Phrases, Morton S. Freeman, ISI Press, 1987

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th ed., Kate L. Turabian, The University of Chicago Press, 1006

The Careful Writer, A Modern Guide to English Usage, Theodore M.  Bernstein, Atheneum, 1965

The Chicago Manual of Style, The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers, 14th ed., The University of Chicago Press, 1993

Dialogue Journals in the Multilingual Classroom: Building Language Fluency and Writing Skills Through Written Interaction, Joy Kreeft Peyton, Jana Staton, Marcia Farr (Editor), Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., c1996

Dictionary of Modern American Usage, Bryan A. Garner, Oxford University Press, 1998

Dos, Don'ts, and Maybes of  English Usage, Theodore  Bernstein, New York Times Books, 1977

Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do, 3rd Revised Edition, Gerald Gross, Grove Press, 1993

The Elements of Style, 3rd ed., William Strunk Jr., and E. B. White,  New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1979

Envisioning Information, Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, 1990 (tells how to use graphs, tables, diagrams, charts, and maps to represent your data)

The Handbook of Good English, Edward D. Johnson, Washington  Square Press, 1994

Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing, Claire Kehrwald Cook, Houghton-Mifflin, 1985

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 4th ed. Joseph Gibaldi, The Modern Language Association of America, NY 1995

The New Roget's Thesaurus of the English Language in Dictionary Form, Norman Lewis, Putnam, 1981

The New York Public Library Desk Reference, 2nd Revised Edition, Macmillan, 1993

Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers, 12th Edition, Prentice Hall, 1995

Punctuate it Right! 2nd ed. Harry Shaw, New York: HarperPerennial, 1993

The Scientist's Handbook for Writing Papers and Dissertations, Antoinette M. Wilkinson, Prentice-Hall, 1991

Spell It Right! 4th ed. Harry Shaw, New York: HarperPerennial, 1993

The 29 Most Common Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Judy Delton, Writer's Digest Books, 1991

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, 1983

Writing with Precision: How to Write So That You Cannot Possibly Be Misunderstood, 3rd ed. Jefferson  Bates, Acropolis, 1990

Writing to Learn, William Zinsser, Harper & Row, 1988 (examples in science writing: geology, biology, and mathematics)

 

GENERAL REFERENCE BOOKS:

A Handbook of Problem Words and Phrases, Morton S. Freeman, ISI Press, 1987

The Careful Writer, A Modern Guide to English Usage, Theodore M.  Bernstein, Atheneum, 1965

Dictionary of Modern American Usage, Bryan A. Garner, Oxford University Press, 1998

Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do, 3rd Revised Edition, Gerald Gross, Grove Press, 1993

The Elements of Style, 3rd ed., William Strunk Jr., and E. B. White,  New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1979

Handbook for Proofreading, Laura Killen Anderson, NTC Business Books, 1994

The Handbook of Good English, Edward D. Johnson, Washington  Square Press, 1994

How to Say It, Choice words, Phrases, Sentences & Paragraphs for Every Situation, Rosalie Maggio, Prentice Hall, 1990

Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing, Claire Kehrwald Cook, Houghton-Mifflin, 1985

The New Roget's Thesaurus of the English Language in Dictionary Form, Norman Lewis, Putnam, 1981

The New York Public Library Desk Reference, 2nd Revised Edition, Macmillan, 1993

The Perfect Letter, Joan Minninger, Ph.D., Doubleday, 1992

Punctuation, Capitalization, and  Spelling, Eugene Ehrlich, Schaum's Outline Series, McGraw-Hill, 1977

Punctuate it Right! 2nd ed. Harry Shaw, New York: HarperPerennial, 1993

Spell It Right! 4th ed. Harry Shaw, New York: HarperPerennial, 1993

The 29 Most Common Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Judy Delton, Writer's Digest Books, 1991

Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers, 12th Edition, Prentice Hall, 1995

Words into Type, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 1998

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