For Beginning Writers:
Marg McAlister’s The Busy Writer’s Series – Brief and to the point, Marg’s books offer rock-solid advice on what makes popular fiction work. Marg has a knack for communicating sophisticated concepts in a manner that anyone can grasp and apply.
For Intermediate Writers:
Jodie Renner’s Writing a Killer Thriller and Fire Up Your Fiction – While Jodie’s principles are no more complicated to grasp than Marg McAlister’s, her works go into a bit more detail. And don’t let the titles mislead you–the advice Jodie offers is useful, no matter what genre of popular fiction you prefer to write.
For All Writers:
James Scott Bell’s Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth and Plot and Structure – Few will argue with the opinion that James Scott Bell is one of the best writing instructors of our time. Experimenting with and practicing the skills, techniques, and principles he advocates will improve the quality of an author’s writing, no matter what the present skill or knowledge level.
K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel – If something in your novel is not quite working, there’s a good chance K.M. Weiland has some answers for you.
Rachel Aaron’s 2,000 to 10,000: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love – Three or four simple principles that can transform not only the quantity, but also the quality of what we write. I loved this one.
Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David Wright’s collaborative work Write. Publish. Repeat. – No glamour here. Just pure, pragmatic, honest advice from some extremely successful indie authors. If you’re a new writer who wants to reach an audience beyond immediate family and friends, this volume is essential reading.