I have many books sitting on my bookshelves (what avid reader doesn’t?), the majority of which are fiction. But a few are non-fiction: my reference books. Ah, yes. A quintessential, writerly thing to have, those tomes of inspiration. I’ve read most of the ones I own, but not all. Eventually, I’ll get around to the others, and then probably make another blog post, a part two, about more reference books for writing. Until then, my friends, here are the ones I’ve read and would recommend to anyone interested in improving their craft:
In Your First Novel, a seasoned literary agent and author team up to give you the inside scoop of what happens behind the scenes, from query letter to publication. They give helpful tips on how to submit your manuscript to an agent and get it noticed amid the slush pile.
The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
The ultimate goal of The First Five Pages is to teach you how to capture an agent's (and reader's) attention within the--you guessed it--first five pages and keep them reading until the very end.