NaNoWriMo Post #10

Here are some helpful books about churning out manuscripts, revision, and publication:

1. No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty

Of course, the NaNoWriMo bible.

2. The Practical Writer: From Inspiration to Publication eds. Therese Eiben and Mary Gannon

The Practical Writer

One of the books I own but haven’t read yet. It’s basically just a collection of articles about the entire writing process, written by established writers.

3. The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman

The First Five Pages

This book’s gotten some rave reviews and it’s easy to see why. The chapters are short and to the point and it offers some nice tips on how to get past common mistakes that are easy to miss.

4. The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel: A Step-By-Step Guide to Perfecting Your Work by Robert J. Ray

The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel

This book gives an extremely thorough take on revision. Steps are very clearly outlined, and it’s written for busy people who have only the weekend. If you follow the steps, you could finish your revision in 17 weekends.

5. Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us: A (Sort Of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected by Jessica Page Morrell

Thanks, But This Isn't For Us

The best features of this book are its humor (Morrell’s unique editorial voice really shines through) and how it manages to touch on nearly everything that can go wrong with a manuscript.

6. Writer’s Market Guide to Getting Published by the editors of Writer’s Digest

Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published

This book is current (published in 2010) and details the entire publication process. Extremely helpful if you’re at that stage in your writing journey.

7. How to Publish Your Novel: A Complete Guide to Making the Right Publisher Say Yes by Ken Atchity, Andrea McKeown, Julie Mooney, and Margaret O’Connor

How to Publish Your Novel

Similar to the previous book, but I think it’s more helpful because it’s got details about the legal side of publishing that might be very valuable. There’s lots of information in this book that I have not been able to find in any other writing guide.

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Post #10

  1. I wonder if I would be a more disciplined and motivated writer if I actually cared about getting published . . .


    For those focused on the publication destination, this looks like a wonderful list.

    Maybe if I get more motivated, I’ll read them. 🙂


  2. WOW. Lovely collection you’ve displayed here, Maggie. I looked for “The First Five Pages . . .” in my library catalogue and reserved one for me 🙂 Thanks for the list!

    Good luck with NanaWrimo.



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