Recommended Resources


Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.

A good thesaurus (Roget's or Synonym Finder)

Microsoft Word spell-check and grammar tools, including readability statistics


Associated Press Stylebook

Chicago Manual of Style (also online,

Copyeditor’s Handbook, Amy Einsohn

Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss

Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White

First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile, Noah Lukeman

A Grammar Handbook for You and I (Oops, Me!), C. Edward Good

Right, Wrong & Risky, Mark Davidson

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print, Renni Browne and Dave King

Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences, Kitty Burns Florey


A Writer’s Guide to Fiction, Elizabeth Lyon

On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, William Zinsser

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King

Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction, James Alexander Thom

Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg

Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Judith Barrington


Writer's Digest books on writing query letters and book proposals,

Writer's Market

Complete Guide to Self-Publishing

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual (tax advice for self-publishers of Kindle books)


US Copyright Office,

Copyright and Permissions: What Every Writer and Editor Should Know, by Elsa Peterson

Copyright Clearance for Creatives, by Joyce Miller and Dr. C. Daniel Miller and for permission to use song lyrics