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Walking on AlligatorsWalking on Alligators: A Book of Meditation for Writers by Susan Shaughnessy
A daily motivator for people who write--and for all those who long to write--providing an insistent wake-up call for the creative urge, with insights on how to work against resistance, live with the loneliness, develop discipline, and dare to take deeper risks in their work.


Writing from the HeartWriting from the Heart: Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice by Nancy Aronie
With warm, lively, often humorous anecdotes, advice, and lessons, this unique approach to creative writing as a path to healing the self shows how to reverse the damaging effects done to writers in school, where red pens disciplined grammar and taught them to mistrust their natural ability as storytellers--freezing them in their creative tracks.


Words Fail MeWords Fail Me by Patricia T. O'Conner
The author of the bestselling "Woe Is I" goes beyond grammar to offer witty, helpful advice for everyone who wants to write well. NPR sponsorship.


The Writer`s WorkbookThe Writer's Workbook by Jenny Newman; Edmund Cusick; Aileen La Tourette
Whether you are taking a course in creative writing of making your first solitary steps in fiction, poetry or drama, this is the book you need. The Writer's Workbook provides a concise introduction to creative writing in the twentieth-first century with helpful tips on key points of good practice, warnings about the main pitfalls, and a variety of exercises to hone your skills. Readers will find advice on writing short stories, poetry, novels, plays, TV, radio and film scripts, song lyrics, travel writing, web writing, as well as suggestions for getting published. Written by a team of novelists, poets, and dramatists who are also experienced writing teachers, this book belongs on the shelf of anyone serious about getting started in creative writing.


The Writer`s Idea BookThe Writer's Idea Book by Jack Heffron
A proven winner in hardcover, this is the guide writers reach for time after time to jumpstart their creativity and develop ideas. Four distinctive sections, each geared toward a different stage of writing, offer dozens of unique approaches to "freeing the muse."


Just WriteJust Write: An Essential Guide to Launching Your Writing Career by Susan Titus Osborne
There is nothing more valuable to a writer at the beginning of their career than a personal coach. In this book, Susan Titus Osborn takes that role and guides the writer through all the important aspects of the writing profession. How to do research, common grammatical pitfalls, writing for children, secrets of effective interviewing, and short stories are only a few of the numerous topics covered.


A Dangerous Profession: Writing as a RiskA Dangerous Profession: Writing as a Risk by Frederick Busch
With keen ruminations that recall the critics of yore--Edmund Wilson, Lionel Trilling, and Irving Howe--Busch, in this era of moral indirection, calls on his enduring love of great books to reveal how the literature of the past is the key to the future.


How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction BookHow to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book by Blythe Camenson
From idea to contract to execution, this is the first all-in-one guide for prospective nonfiction writers. "How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book is uniquely structured to help you sell your ideas or yourself "before you invest time and effort in a lengthy book project. This comprehensive reference guide provides specific tips for pitching and writing various nonfiction categories, with suggestions from agents, editors, and published authors. With expert advice on the technical elements of voice and style, useful resource listings, and sample proposals, you will find all the tools necessary to ultimately earn a living from nonfiction writing.


How to Write a Book ProposalHow to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
Written by a literary agent who has successfully placed authors' manuscripts with more than 60 publishers, this revised edition of a successful resource clearly addresses every step of writing a nonfiction book proposal, including choosing the best editors and publishers for a particular proposal.


The Writer`s WorkbookThe Writer's Workbook by Jenny Newman; Edmund Cusick; Aileen La Tourette
Whether you are taking a course in creative writing of making your first solitary steps in fiction, poetry or drama, this is the book you need. The Writer's Workbook provides a concise introduction to creative writing in the twentieth-first century with helpful tips on key points of good practice, warnings about the main pitfalls, and a variety of exercises to hone your skills. Readers will find advice on writing short stories, poetry, novels, plays, TV, radio and film scripts, song lyrics, travel writing, web writing, as well as suggestions for getting published. Written by a team of novelists, poets, and dramatists who are also experienced writing teachers, this book belongs on the shelf of anyone serious about getting started in creative writing.


For WritersFor Writers by Rosemary Guiley; Janet Frick
This popular, in-depth guide is ideal for aspiring writers or those who are ready for a career change. Readers will find job descriptions and salary ranges for more than 100 positions in such fields as the media, public relations, advertising, book publishing, arts and entertainment, federal government, scholastic, and freelance services and self-publishing.


The No-Experience-Necessary Writer`s CourseThe No-Experience-Necessary Writer's Course by Scott Edelstein
For anyone who has ever wanted to begin writing, or for practiced writers who want to improve their technique, this book offers a step-by-step, stress-free program to loosen and develop the creative urge.


The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book ProposalThe Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal by Stephen Blake Mettee
Mettee, a seasoned book editor and publisher, cuts to the chase and provides simple, detailed instruction that allows anyone to write a professional book proposal and hear an editor say "Yes!"


The Sell Your Novel Tool KitThe Sell Your Novel Tool Kit: Everything You Need to Know about Queries, Synopses, Marketing & Breaking In by Elizabeth Lyon
Lyon offers novelists the wisdom of her experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy.


Writing Under PressureWriting Under Pressure by Sanford Kaye
In Writing Under Pressure, Sanford Kaye, a renowned expert on the subject, presents a system he calls the Quick Writing Process that focuses on real-world writing tasks and demonstrates how to produce the clearest, most honest, most powerful work possible under the constraints of time and space.


Discovering the Writer WithinDiscovering the Writer Within by Bruce Ballenger; Barry Lane
Discover the writer inside you who only needs encouragement to turn the secret thoughts and special moments of your life into enduring words on a page. This 40-day "workout program" of imagination-stretching exercises will let you throw open all your inner doors, release your creativity, discover surprising connections and spark fresh ideas. By turns sober, off-the-wall, deeply emotional, thoughtful and playful, these exercises will nudge your originality into stimulating explorations.


Author Unknown: On the Trail of AnonymousAuthor Unknown: On the Trail of Anonymous by Don Foster
An English professor and literary detective describes his work in the field of literary forensics, explaining how his study of the use of language can help determine the writer behind a variety of anonymous documents, and discusses his successful efforts to identify the author of Primary Colors and his contributions to several high-profile criminal cases.


How to Write and Get It PublishedHow to Write and Get It Published by David Strode Akens
This practical guide to strengthening writing skills and getting noticed in the cutthroat publishing industry will benefit aspiring authors, struggling authors, or anyone with an unpublished manuscript. Among the topics covered are how to read intelligently and carefully, understanding setting and characterization; how to write character biographies and characteristics lists; plotting, drafting, and writing; reasons why manuscripts are rejected; finding agents, publishers, and printers; and marketing and sales strategies. This complete set of start-to-finish tools puts the emphasis back on good writing as the surest means of getting published for profit.


Publish or Perish - The Educator`s ImperativePublish or Perish - The Educator's Imperative by Allan A. Glatthorn
Glatthorn guides education professionals through the basics of the writing process, empowering them with the tools to create and enhance their own professional submissions and writings.


Handbook for Freelance WritingHandbook for Freelance Writing by Michael Perry
Straightforward and practical, the HANDBOOK FOR FREELANCE WRITING tells you everything you need to know to build a thriving business as a freelance writer. From sales brochures to short stories, you'll learn how to get assignments, get published, and get paid promptly. Throughout the book, you'll benefit from proven strategies and real-world advice on every aspect of a freelance writing career.


Opportunities in Writing CareersOpportunities in Writing Careers by Elizabeth Foote-Smith
Offers advice on writing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and describes writing careers in newspapers, magazines, television, advertising, and science.


Publishing for Tenure and BeyondPublishing for Tenure and Beyond by Franklin H. Silverman
Deals candidly with the process of publishing for tenure including writing journal articles and scholarly monographs, strategies for creating a publication record, and the ethics of writing.


Ernest Hemingway on WritingErnest Hemingway on Writing by Ernest Hemingway; Larry W. Phillips
Imbued with Hemingway's wit, wisdom, and humor, "Ernest Hemingway on Writing" offers essential advice from an author who has had an astounding impact on contemporary American fiction.


Hired Pens: Professional Writers in Americas Golden Age of PrintHenry Miller on Writing by Ronald Weber
Just as mass-market magazines and cheap books have played important roles in the creation of an American identity, those skilled craftsmen (and women) whose careers are the subjects of Ronald Weber's narrative profoundly influenced the outlook and strategies of the high-culture writers who are generally the focus of literary studies. Hired Pens, a history of the writing profession in the United States, recognizes the place of independent writers who wrote for their livelihood, from the 1880s and' 40s, with the first appearance of a broad-based print culture, to the 1960s.


Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to StealToo Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal: How to Have a Great Life as a Freelance Writer by John Clausen
Clausen's friendly, funny style -- a cross between a pep rally, a writer's workshop and stand-up comedy -- will get readers prepared for life as a freelance writer.


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