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Want to improve your writing skills? Check out #IndiesUnite’s recommended books on writing skills.

How To Write A Novel: A Blueprint For Fiction Writing & How To Outline Your Novel Using The Snowflake Method

How To Write A Novel: A Blueprint For Fiction Writing & How To Outline Your Novel Using The Snowflake Method

CreateSpace Independent Publishing PlatformPrice: $13.88 Free Shipping

Do you have an awesome story that you want to write and share with the world but not sure how to get started?

Let this book be your blueprint! Whether you want to write short stories or write an entire fiction novel this book can help. Writing is supposed to be a creative and fun process, however so many aspiring writers struggle with how they should outline their novel and are often completely unaware of structure and discipline that is required when writing and end up failing.

Within this book are proven strategies that will help ensure you stay on track and finish your masterpiece. Some of the topics include:

  • How to outline your novel and the importance of this overlooked exercise
  • We go in depth on what the snowflake method is and how to use it effectively
  • How to build character summaries and profiles
  • Visual mapping and outlining
  • Skeletal outlining
  • Time management when it comes to your writing and how to stay organized

By following the step by step process laid out within this book you’ll find the confidence to finish your own novel and have all the steps and knowledge required to do so! This book is purposely designed to be a short read, yet powerful and packed with information. Our hope is that you can finish reading this book in just a few hours and then immediately apply the steps discussed in this book to start working on your very own project.

Remember, creative writing is meant to be fun! Enjoy the process!

Price: $13.88

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On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894

On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894

HarperCollinsPrice: $5.21 Free Shipping

A detailed diary from the author of the beloved Little House series, chronicling her journey with her family from South Dakota to Missouri.

In 1894, Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, packed their belongings into their covered wagon and set out on a journey from De Smet, South Dakota, to Mansfield, Missouri. They heard that the soil there was rich and the crops were bountiful—it was even called “the Land of the Big Red Apple.” With hopes of beginning a new life, the Wilders made their way to the Ozarks of Missouri.

During their journey, Laura kept a detailed diary of events: the cities they passed through, the travelers they encountered on the way, the changing countryside and the trials of an often difficult voyage. Laura’s words, preserved in this book, are a fascinating account of life and travel at the turn of the twentieth century, and reveal Laura’s inner thoughts as she traveled with her family in search of a new home in Mansfield, where Laura would write her Little House books.


Price: $6.99 $5.21

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Love That Dog

Love That Dog

HarperCollinsPrice: $6.98 Free Shipping

The Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech, brings readers a story with enormous heart.

Love That Dog shows how one boy named Jack finds his voice with the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, and with classic poetry included in the back matter, this novel is perfect for kids and teachers, too.

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, won’t stop giving her class poetry assignments—and Jack can’t avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns that he does have something to say.

“I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that.”

Joanna Cotler Books

Price: $7.99 $6.98

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Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies

For DummiesPrice: $19.17 Free Shipping

Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction

With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors likeJ.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiringYA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested inwriting a young adult novel, but aren’t sure how to fit the stylethat appeals to young readers?

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricksof the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book,from developing an idea to publication.

  • Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authenticteen voice
  • Tips to avoid when submitting manuscripts
  • How to break into the flourishing young adult market

With the help of this step-by-step guide, you’ll have all theskills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.

Price: $19.99

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The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Your Income

The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Your Income

Miracle Morning PublishingPrice: Free

Need to find more time to write–without sacrificing the important things? Looking to consistently discover great book ideas? Wish you could generate a steady income from your words…or increase what you already make?

The solution to these questions is to change what you do first thing in the morning. And that’s why you should read The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Income (Before 8AM).

The Miracle Morning for Writers combines Hal Elrod’s global phenomenon with Steve Scott’s proven writing habit techniques (which helped him get on the Wall Street Journal bestsellers list). You learn how to take charge of your morning and maximize “the rest of the day” for your writing efforts.

Here’s what you’ll discover in The Miracle Morning for Writers:

  • How a morning routine can change every area of your life (Including your health, happiness, finances and relationships).

  • The proven strategy for “finding the time” to write–even if you have a full-time job.

  • Our method for selling lots of books (and the 8-step process to build it).

  • Steve’s favorite app for tracking your great ideas and researching your next book.

  • Hal’s process for overcoming the limiting beliefs that hold you back from success.

  • “Flow state” and how it can forever eradicate writer’s block.

You will also learn:

  • 4 business models perfect for writers, how to get started, and which one we recommend.

  • The 10-step process for publishing a book that readers love.

  • 6 tools for improving your writing skills.

  • 2 techniques for doubling (even tripling) your daily word count total.

  • How to find the “80/20” of your book-based business.

The Miracle Morning for Writers is your key to building a writing habit that will increase both your income and the value you provide to the world.

So take the next step in your writing journey by clicking the “Buy Now” button at the top of the page!

The Miracle Morning eBook Series includes all of the titles below and doesn’t have to be read in any particular order.

Book 1: The Miracle Morning
Book 2: The Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents
Book 3: The Miracle Morning for Salespeople
Book 4: The Miracle Morning for Network Marketers
Book 5: The Miracle Morning for Writers
Book 6: The Miracle Morning for Parents and Families
Book 7: The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs
Book 8: The Miracle Morning for Transforming Your Relationship
Book 9: The Miracle Morning for College Students
Book 10: The Miracle Morning Companion Planner
Book 11: Miracle Morning Millionaires

Price: Free

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On Reading, Writing and Living with Books (The London Library)

On Reading, Writing and Living with Books (The London Library)

Pushkin PressPrice: $4.21 Free Shipping

The London Library is the world’s largest independent library. Founded in 1841 by Thomas Carlyle (in reaction to the “museum headache” brought on by the crowds in the British Museum Reading Room), it has become a haven for readers, writers and all who draw strength, solace or inspiration from the presence of books. Some of the most illustrious figures of the last two centuries have written, thought and walked there: George Eliot, Charles Dickens, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf and many more were members.

And over time, some of these celebrated members have shared–with each other, or with an interested public–their views on the delights, challenges and joys of reading, writing and living with books.

The books in “Found on the Shelves” have been chosen to give a fascinating insight into the treasures that can be found while browsing in The London Library. Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, with over seventeen miles of shelving and more than a million books, The London Library has become an unrivalled archive of the modes, manners and thoughts of each generation which has helped to form it.

From essays on dieting in the 1860s to instructions for gentlewomen on trout-fishing, from advice on the ill health caused by the “modern” craze of bicycling to travelogues from Norway, they are as readable and relevant today as they were more than a century ago.Pushkin Press

Price: $9.95 $4.21

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So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist?: The Ultimate Guide on How to Break Into Comics! (Be What You Want)

So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist?: The Ultimate Guide on How to Break Into Comics! (Be What You Want)

Aladdin/Beyond WordsPrice: $6.98 Free Shipping

Find success as a comic book artist with this step-by-step guide to creating, publishing, and marketing your very own comics.

The secrets to comic book creation are at your fingertips! This comprehensive guide details the steps to becoming a hit comic book maker—from creating compelling characters and illustrations to getting published and marketing a finished product—and is full of insights from world-famous artists from such companies as DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse. In addition to highlighting tips from seasoned pros, inspiring success stories from young artists are sprinkled throughout along with a resource list of potential publishers to help you hit the ground running.
      So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist? also features in-depth chapters on adapting a storyline for video games and movies, using social media to promote a finished product, and self-publishing your own comic. Whether you’re just starting out or have been drawing comics for years, this book will get you where you want to go.

Price: $11.99 $6.98

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The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

VintagePrice: $13.12 Free Shipping

This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come.  
John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works. In this practical, instructive handbook, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, he explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing. Gardner’s lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics—from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence. Written with passion, precision, and a deep respect for the art of writing, Gardner’s book serves by turns as a critic, mentor, and friend. Anyone who has ever thought of taking the step from reader to writer should begin here.Vintage

Price: $15.95 $13.12

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The Writing on the Wall: A Novel

The Writing on the Wall: A Novel

CounterpointPrice: $13.16 Free Shipping

For the first time, one of New York City’s major resident authors spins a breathtakingly immediate, intimate family novel set around the September 11th attacks. Thirty-four and decidedly independent, Renata has been known to keep her involvement with people – men in particular – to a minimum. Even her job at the library keeps her at a remove from the uncertainty of trusting other people with the stories of her past. Instead, she loses herself in language, always measuring the integrity of words against lived experience. Then Jack, patient, solid and sexy, enters her life. One bright September morning as Renata walks across the Brooklyn Bridge to work, the sky bursts open and change comes without warning. It quickly becomes clear in the days ahead that Renata cannot keep memories of her buried past – of a twin sister, a betrayal, of family truths too ugly to acknowledge – at bay. Written with tremendous compassion and imagination, informed by an abiding love for the people of New York, and crafted by a master storyteller at the height of her powers, “The Writing on the Wall” is a profoundly engaging novel about how one woman saw – and we all continue to ponder – the defining event of our time.
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Price: $14.95 $13.16

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Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean

Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean

Beacon PressPrice: $13.50 Free Shipping

Essays on Latinx and Caribbean identity and on globalization by renowned women writers, including Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, and Jamaica Kincaid

Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean gathers the voices of sixteen acclaimed writer-activists for a one-of-a-kind collection. Through poetry and essays, writers from the Anglophone, Hispanic, and Francophone Caribbean, including Puertorriqueñas and Cubanas, grapple with their hybrid American political identities. Gloria Anzaldúa, the founder of Chicana queer theory; Rigoberta Menchú, the first Indigenous person to win a Nobel Peace Prize; and Michelle Cliff, a searing and poignant chronicler of colonialism and racism, among many others, highlight how women can collaborate across class, race, and nationality to lead a new wave of resistance against neoliberalism, patriarchy, state terrorism, and white supremacy.

Price: $18.00 $13.50

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