Resources for Writers

Over the years there are a few tools and books that we have used as reference or that we have found to be comprehensive to help writers perfect their craft. We have listed a few of those below:

Reference Books for Finding a Publisher or Literary Agent

Writers & Artists Yearbook 2017

The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017

This is one of our most important resources throughout the year. It contains information on who to contact, when to contact them and how to get your book published.

The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017 has a huge number of useful articles written by authors such as Clare Mackintosh, publishers including Neil Astley from Bloodaxe Books and advice on self-publishing from Alison Baverstock. If you are also looking for advice on publishing agreements and copyright law, then this book is ideal. There are over 4,000 up-to-date listings on who to contact in the industry no matter what stage of writing or publishing you are at.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £13.60 Paperback or as a Kindle Edition for £11.69

Childrens Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017

Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017

With a foreword by Francis Hardinge, this guide has all the information writers and illustrators of children's books will ever need. There are 70+ articles on how to get published, industry trends, publishing contracts, illustration portfolios, self-publishing and much more.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £16.59 as a Paperback or as a Kindle Edition for £11.69

Writing Software

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X here

Buy Scrivener for Windows here

 

Scrivener - Writing Software

If you haven't yet discovered Scrivener, it is one of our favourite pieces of writing software out there. Whether you are a plotter or a pantster Scrivener is the perfect tool for helping you to organise your story beats, fully develop your characters, perfect your locations and nail your synopsis, tag line and elevator pitch.

If you are one of those writers who works on index cards - life just became so much easier with a corkboard, notes and index cards that can be rearranged in any order and changed around as many times as you need. The outliner hepls to organise your chapters, establish your story beats fall in the right place and make it easy to track your moments of conflict, resolution and scene setting.

We are loving Scrivener so much we are using it for our articles, our fiction and non-fiction writing projects and can't recommend it enough.

A new app has just been launched making it easy to keep track of all of your documents on your laptop, iphone and ipad.

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X here

Buy Scrivener for Windows here

Writing Reference Books for Grammar, Punctuation and Stylistic Rules

New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (Hardcover)

If you are looking for a clear guide to spelling, capitalisation, hyphenation including cultural references, a guide to historical context and much more then this is the dictionary for you. This is an essential tool for anyone who works with words on a day to day basis. It is hardback, but it is just the right size to carry around with you.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £13.48 as a Hardback

Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation

Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation (Paperback)

An Amazon bestseller and one of the best A-Zs on grammar and punctuation with 300 entries for standard grammatical terms that you thought you knew about but maybe need to revisit.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £5.24 as a Paperback Edition

New Hart's Rules

New Hart's Rules - The Definitive Style Guide

Various versions of this reference book have been with us for as long as we can remember. This really is the definitive guide to all aspects of writing and getting your copy ready for publication - whether you are self-publishing or submitting to an agent. This book has been around for over 100 years and the latest version draws on the resources of Oxford Dictionaries for reference.

In this edition you will find information on punctuation, hyphenation, layout, headings, illustrations, how to tackle bibliographies, footnotes and much more. For everything technical - this is your absolute go-to reference.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £11.79 as a Hardback and £10.04 as a Kindle Edition

Outlining Your Novel

The Story Grid

The Story Grid

A slightly different approach to making sure your plot is shaping up and your story is working. This technique will help to pinpoint any areas in your story that need help or that aren't quiet there yet. Great for writers who want to perfect the technique of editing their own work.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £25 as a Paperback or £4.73 as a Kindle Edition.

Take Off Your Pants

Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing

Whether you are a 'plotter' or a 'pantster' this book will help you to plot your book and an effective character arc so that you spend less time wondering what to write next and more time hitting your daily writing goals.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £5.99 as a Paperback or £0.99 as a Kindle Edition

Outlining Your Novel

Outlining Your Novel Workbook

This is a workbook that will help you to get the bare bones of your story down on paper, brainstorm your ideas, discover plot holes and develop your characters.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £6.09 as a Paperback and £3.08 as a Kindle Edition

Write Your Novel From The Middle

Write Your Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsters and Everyone In Between

A new approach to writing fiction which starts you at the middle of your novel - a perfect start if you aren't sure if you are a pantster or a plotter or in fact if you are neither! There is a reason for writing what you want to write and that is the heart of your story - so why not pick that as a starting point? This book will help you strategise how to do exactly that and then work your way to an opening with impact and a successful conclusion.

Available from Amazon.co.uk as a Paperback for £7.19 or as a Kindle Edition for £1.99

Genre Writing

Writing Fantasy

Writing Fantasy: The Top 100 Best Strategies For Writing Fantasy Stories

This small book will help you to develop your fantasy world and your charactes and will give you tips on your writing strategy and your ideas. It will also help you to set your own goals and how best to successfully hit those goals.

Available from Amazon.co.uk as a Paperback for £5.99 and as a Kindle Edition for £2.99

Fantasy Fiction Formula

The Fantasy Fiction Formula

An ideal book for anyone writing fantasy who really wants to write action-packed scenes with atmosphere and credible story lines and character development. A great book not only for fantasy writers but for writers of all genres.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £15.16 as a Paperback

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

From the author of The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train, this book gives you tips and techniques used by Patricia Highsmith on how to produce world class thrillers, how to develop and generate your ideas and a great insight into how Patricia Highsmith achieved success. It is a little outdated but the insights are valuable.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £7.99 as a Paperback or £4.99 as a Kindle Edition

On Writing

Stephen King On Writing

Stephen King - On Writing

An incredibly insightful book - part memoir and part writing masterclass on how one of the bestselling authors of all time achieved success, including his struggles and emergence as a writer and tips for wanabe novelists.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £7.69 as a Paperback and £7.49 as a Kindle Edition

Ernest Hemingway - On Writing

Ernest Hemingway - On Writing

Ernest Hemingway's reflections on the nature of writing and of the writer and the writer's life. Hemingway also offers some insightful tips on the craft of writing, work habits and discipline.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for £8.50 as a Paperback or £7.99 as a Kindle Edition