Books for Aspiring Writers:
Below, A.G. has listed the books that guided her through the three-year odyssey of writing her first novel and on into the querying process. For your convenience, the titles are separated into three categories and linked to Amazon:
- Learning the craft—everything you need to know about the art of writing and editing your work.
- Getting Published—how to craft those irksome query letters and debunk the lingo of novel proposal packages … in essence, understanding what agents and editors respond to and what they abhor.
- Writers’ Resources—great research and technical aides for your daily writing regime.
Learning the Craft:
- Careers for Your Characters: A Writers Guide to 101 Professions from Architect to Zookeeper, Raymond Obstfeld & Frank Neuman
A.G.’s Personal Choices for Research or Leisure:
As a full-time mom and writer, reading for leisure is one of my most decadent pleasures. I love to get lost in a fantasy world far removed, sharing the emotions and adventures of a character so finely crafted I can can feel myself wearing their skin. I also enjoy nonfiction books that will sharpen my story worlds or inspire my muse.
To find time for reading, I put off the dusting and the laundry for an hour (or a week) and curl up on the couch to finish those last two-hundred pages; I take a book with me everywhere I go, so when I have a spare moment at the orthodontist or I’m stuck at a red light, I read a sentence, or two, or a paragraph.
Be sure to visit my GoodRead’s rating page to check out the fiction titles which have sat on my bookshelves from as far back as 2005 when I first started writing to present day. Some I’ve read, and some I have yet to read.
And here are the non-fiction titles that beefed up my novels via research: