Best books for writers, authors and self-publishers

Yes, there are thousands of books out there for writers, authors and self-publishers but these are my all-time favourites. They range from books about how to write a memoir to books on how authors can advertise on Amazon, through to book marketing ideas and how to keep the creative juices flowing.

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Books for Australian writers and authors

  • Look – It’s Your Book! Write, publish and promote your non-fiction book: A self-publishing guide for Australian writers by Anna Featherstone (out Feb 22, 2022). Read reviews here and see the contents list here.
  • How to Be An Author: The Business of Being an Author in Australia by Georgia Richter and Deborah Hunn via your local bookstore, Booktopia or Amazon
  • So You Want To Be a Writer: How to get started while you still have a day job by Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo via your local bookstore, Booktopia or Amazon

Books for writers on creativity, craft and the writing journey

  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert via your local bookstore, Booktopia or  Amazon
  • Bird by Bird by Annie Lamott via your local bookstore, Booktopia or Amazon
  • On Writing by Stephen King via your local bookstore, Booktopia or Amazon
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg via your local bookstore, Booktopia or Amazon

your local bookstore, Booktopia

Books for writers and authors about planning a book

  • How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen and Jody Rein via your local bookstore, Booktopia or via Amazon

Books for writers, authors and indie publishers on marketing

  • Amazon Ads for Indie Authors by Janet Margot, via Amazon
  • How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn, via your local bookstore, Booktopia or  via Amazon
  • The BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge by Rachel Thompson, via Amazon