Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Authorship Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy best seller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work. “Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing . Part memoir, part master class by one of the best-selling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 - and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who listens to it - fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.  The 20th-anniversary audio edition includes Owen King reading his essay, “Recording Audiobooks for My Dad, Stephen King”, and a recorded conversation with Joe Hill and Stephen King.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Publishing & Books, Authorship

                 

2. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

  • Author: William Zinsser
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 30th Anniversary ed. edition (April 5, 2016)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • Dimensions: 0.76 x 5.31 x 8 inches

                 

3. Themes and Variations


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller. In this surprising essay, international bestselling humor writer David Sedaris shares the rewards of a book tour and his devoted readers’ worst-kept secrets. Dismissed by a bored author at a book signing, a betrayed young man named David Sedaris made a vow. Someday, when it was his turn at the table, he’d connect with his readers. The experience has been even more revealing than he’d hoped. In this hilarious and perceptive essay, the celebrated humorist reflects on the unusual patterns of forced socialization between author and audience, and the obligations and sometimes surprising returns of not-so-chance encounters with strangers: jokes, secrets, insights, and even charity.

  • Author: David Sedaris
  • Publisher: Amazon Original Stories (April 28, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Reference

                 

4. The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

Technologies may change, but the need for clear and accurate communication never goes out of style. That is why for more than one hundred years The Chicago Manual of Style has remained the definitive guide for anyone who works with words. In the seven years since the previous edition debuted , we have seen an extraordinary evolution in the way we create and share knowledge. This seventeenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style has been prepared with an eye toward how we find, create, and cite information that readers are as likely to access from their pockets as from a bookshelf. It offers updated guidelines on electronic workflows and publication formats, tools for PDF annotation and citation management, web accessibility standards, and effective use of metadata, abstracts, and keywords. It recognizes the needs of those who are self-publishing or following open access or Creative Commons publishing models. The citation chapters reflect the ever-expanding universe of electronic sources—including social media posts and comments, private messages, and app content—and also offer updated guidelines on such issues as DOIs, time stamps, and e-book locators. Other improvements are independent of technological change. The chapter on grammar and usage includes an expanded glossary of problematic words and phrases and a new section on syntax as well as updated guidance on gender-neutral pronouns and bias-free language. Key sections on punctuation and basic citation style have been reorganized and clarified. To facilitate navigation, headings and paragraph titles have been revised and clarified throughout. And the bibliography has been updated and expanded to include the latest and best resources available. This edition continues to reflect expert insights gathered from Chicago’s own staff and from an advisory board of publishing experts from across the profession. It also includes suggestions inspired by emails, calls, and even tweets from readers. No matter how much the means of communication change, The Chicago Manual of Style remains the ultimate resource for those who care about getting the details right.

  • Author: The University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Seventeenth edition (September 5, 2017)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0226287058
  • Dimensions: 9.25 x 6.31 x 3.5 inches

                 

5. Digital Zettelkasten: Principles, Methods, & Examples


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

Are you an academic, author, or blogger or anyone else who wants to make writing a breeze? The Zettelkasten method is the perfect way to harness the power of technology to remember what you read and boost creativity. Invented in the 16th century, and practiced to its fullest extent by a German sociologist who wrote seventy books and hundreds of articles, the Zettelkasten method is exploding in popularity. Writers of all types are discovering that digital tools make the method more powerful than ever, turning your digital life into an “external brain,” or “bicycle for the mind.” In Digital Zettelkasten: Principles, Methods, & Examples , blogger and nonfiction author David Kadavy shares a first-principles approach on how to adapt the Zettelkasten method to simple digital tools of your choice. How to structure your Zettelkasten? Kadavy borrows an element of the Getting Things Done framework to make sure nothing you want to read falls through the cracks. Naming convention pros/cons. Should you adopt the classic “Folgezettel” technique, or do digital tools make it irrelevant for your workflow? Reading workflow. The exact steps to follow to turn what you read into detailed notes you can mix and match to produce writing. Staying comfortable. Build a workflow to maintain your Zettelkasten without being chained to your computer. Examples, examples, examples. See real examples of notes that illustrate concepts, so you can build a Zettelkasten that fits your workflow and tools. Digital Zettelkasten: Principles, Methods, & Examples is short, to the point, with no fluff, so it won’t keep you from what you want – to build your Zettelkasten!

  • Author: David Kadavy
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Reference

                 



6. Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

“A rich, generous book about writing and reading and Kurt Vonnegut as writer, teacher, and friend . . . Every page brings pleasure and insight.”— Gail Godwin,  New York Times   bestselling author   Here is an entirely new side of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut as a teacher of writing. Of course he’s given us glimpses before, with aphorisms and short essays and articles and in his speeches. But never before has an entire book been devoted to Kurt Vonnegut the teacher. Here is pretty much everything Vonnegut ever said or wrote having to do with the writing art and craft, altogether a healing, a nourishing expedition. His former student, Suzanne McConnell, has outfitted us for the journey, and in these 37 chapters covers the waterfront of how one American writer brought himself to the pinnacle of the writing art, and we can all benefit as a result.    Kurt Vonnegut was one of the few grandmasters of American literature, whose novels continue to influence new generations about the ways in which our imaginations can help us to live. Few aspects of his contribution have not been plumbed—fourteen novels, collections of his speeches, his essays, his letters, his plays—so this fresh view of him is a bonanza for writers and readers and Vonnegut fans everywhere.   “Part homage, part memoir, and a 100% guide to making art with words,  Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style  is a simply mesmerizing book, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!”—Andre Dubus III, #1  New York Times  bestselling author   “The blend of memory, fact, keen observation, spellbinding descriptiveness and zany characters that populated Vonnegut’s work is on full display here.”—James McBride, National Book Award-winning author

  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (November 5, 2019)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Reference

                 

7. A Poetry Handbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built—meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. She talks of iambs and trochees, couplets and sonnets, and how and why this should matter to anyone writing or reading poetry. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space. “Mary Oliver would probably never admit to anything so grandiose as an effort to connect the conscious mind and the heart (that’s what she says poetry can do), but that is exactly what she accomplishes in this stunning little handbook.”— Los Angeles Times

  • Author: Mary Oliver
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; First edition (August 15, 1994)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0156724005
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.44 x 8 inches

                 

8. Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

A special 10th anniversary edition of Roy Peter Clark's bestselling guide to writing, featuring five bonus tools. Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America's most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of fifty short essays on different aspects of writing. In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available. Organized into four sections, "Nuts and Bolts," "Special Effects," "Blueprints for Stories," and "Useful Habits," Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature. This new edition includes five brand new, never-before-shared tools. Accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and above all, useful for every type of writer, from high school student to novelist, Writing Tools is essential reading.

  • Author: Roy Peter Clark
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Spark; 1st edition (January 10, 2008)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0316014991
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.15 x 8.25 inches

                 

9. Writer's Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (2020)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published! Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer's Market 2020 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents—as well as new playwriting and screenwriting sections. These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published. Beyond the listings, you'll find articles devoted to the business and promotion of writing. Discover 20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing, how to develop an author brand, and overlooked funds for writers. This edition also includes the ever-popular pay-rate chart and book publisher subject index! You also gain access to:    • Lists of professional writing organizations    • Sample query letters    • How to land a six-figure book deal

  • Author: Robert Lee Brewer
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; ninety-ninth edition (November 5, 2019)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1440301223
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches

                 

10. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Authorship Reference - August 2021

The all-time best-selling writer's handbook turns thirty. With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer's craft: on writing from "first thoughts" (keep your hand moving, don't cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don't listen to it)—even on choosing a restaurant in which to write. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author's witty approach ("Writing Is Not a McDonald's Hamburger," "Man Eats Car," "Be an Animal"), will inspire anyone who writes—or who longs to.

  • Author: Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Anniversary edition (February 2, 2016)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1611803082
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches