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Essential Books

The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, Roger Angell (Hardcover)
Strunk & White is a guidebook for clear, concise, and more effective writing. It is a timeless reference for good writing.

The Compact Oxford English Dictionary
by Edmund S. Weiner, John Simpson (Hardcover)
The Oxford English Dictionary is now universally acknowledged as the world's greatest dictionary. A hefty price but well worth it.

Synonym Finder
by J. I. Rodale, Nancy Laroche, Faye C. Allen (Paperback)
An indispensible tool for anyone who has ever searched for the perfect word.

Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia
by William Rose Benet, Bruce Murphy (Hardcover)
Thousands of entries cover anything and nearly everything having to do with literature.

Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing
by Claire Kehrwald Cook (Hardcover)
Provides solid information on editing and improving your writing.

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law
by Norm Goldstein, Louis D. Boccardi (Paperback)
An indispensible resource for writers, editors, journalists amd businesspeople.

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
by William K. Zinsser (Paperback)
A no-nonsense guide to nonfiction writing.

On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King (Paperback)
A book on his life and his craft by a master writer and consumate story-teller.

Recommended Books For The Beginner

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
by Merriam-Webster (Paperback)
This useful reference goes beyond a thesaurus, explaining the fine shades of meaning that differentiate synonyms. Alphabetical arrangement of terms makes words easy to find.

Word Painting: A Guide To Writing More Descriptively
by Rebecca McClanahan (Paperback)
Easy to understand exploration of the art of writing, including plots, similies, metaphors and more. Complete with examples and lessons.

The Self-Publishing Manual: How to...
by Dan Poynter (Paperback)
The bible on self-publishing. Highly recommended by virtually everyone in the industry -- even other authors of books on the subject (many of whom probably followed the advice in Poynter's previous 11 editions).

Beginnings, Middles & Ends (Elements of...
by Nancy Kress (Paperback)
Step-by-step guidelines to managing the three major areas of storytelling with examples and exercises.

Grant Writing for Dummies
by Beverly A. Browning, Bev Browning (Paperback)
This clear, step-by-step guide to writing a winning grant proposal delivers: An overview of what types of grants are available and how to apply for them Strategies for cutting through red tape A guide to the grant-writing terminology An explanation of why some proposals succeed while others fail Samples of successful grant proposals The proper etiquette for following up a proposal and getting a response

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
by Merriam-Webster (Hardcover)
Comprehensive collegiate dictionary, with more than 215,000 definitions. Merriam-Webster brings years of experience and reams of citation files to the creation of this latest edition. Improving on their last dictionary, they've added more than 100 pictorial illustrations and supplemented the synonym paragraphs with examples. Along with the English dictionary, which forms the heart of the reference, the editors at Merriam-Webster have included a brief introduction to the English language and a history of the English dictionary, a guide to pronunciation, and a series of appendices that include chemical element abbreviations and symbols, foreign words and phrases, extensive sections with biographical and geographical names, signs and symbols, and a handbook of style.

Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes...
by Patricia T. O'Conner (Paperback)
Whether you are working on the novel that's been in the back of your mind for years or simply facing an increasing demand to write well at work or school, the fact remains: more and more of us are writing more often these days-reports, e-mails, faxes, and newsletters. But despite the increase in written communication, something has been lost-the fundamentals of good writing. Grammar maven Patricia T. O'Conner comes to the rescue with the most painless, practical, and funny writing book ever written. In short, snappy chapters filled with crystal-clear examples, amusing comparisons, and humorous allegories that cover everything from "Pronoun Pileups" and "Verbs That Zing" to "What to Do When You're Stuck," O'Conner provides simple, straightforward tips to help you sort your thoughts and make sentences that make sense. Push aside those stuffy old-fashioned rule books, because O'Conner has written the most accessible and enjoyable book yet for today's writer.

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