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Books About Writing
This list is duplicated from Appendix 2 in Final Edit, The Final Hours of Your Final Draft
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Fundamental Books about writing
On Writing Well
William K. Zinsser
The Art of Fiction
John Gardner
Stein on Writing
Sol Stein
The Elements of Style
William Strunk and E. B. White

Books about Usage
101 Misused Words
Mignon Fogarty
The Accidents of Style: Good Advice on How Not to Write Badly
Charles Harrington Elster
Right, Wrong, and Risk A Dictionary of Today's American English Usage
Mark Davidson
Simple and Direct
Jacques Barzun

Books About Sentences
Stunning Sentences
Bruce Ross-Larson
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences
June Casagrande
I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like
Mardy Grothe

Books About Grammar
Woe is I
Patricia T. O’Conner

Books About Punctuation
The New Well-Tempered Sentence
Karen Elizabeth Gordon
A Dash of Style
Noah Lukeman
Books About Dialogue
The Book of Dialogue
Lewis Turco

Books About The Craft of Writing
The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
Noah Lukeman
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life
Noah Lukeman
Writing the Breakout Novel
Donald Maas
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends
Nancy Kress
Showing and Telling
Laurie Alberts
Techniques of the Selling Writer
Dwight Swain
The Fire in Fiction
Donald Maas
The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers
Donald Maas
The Story Template
Amy Deardon

Books About eBook Formatting
Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide To
Formatting Books For The Amazon Kindle

Joshua Tallent
EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating eBooks for the Apple iPad and other eBook-readers
Elizabeth Castro

Miscellaneous Books
Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary
Random House
Flip Dictionary
Barbara Ann Kipfer
The Fine Print of Self-Publishing
Everything You Need to Know About the Costs,
Contracts, and Process of Self-Publishing

Mark Levine
The Beethoven Sketches
Douglas Johnson, Alan Tyson, Robert Winter