The best books for indie authors

Valerie Howard Author Of Deep Blue Sea
By Valerie Howard

The Books I Picked & Why

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You'll Ever Need

By Jessica Brody

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You'll Ever Need

Why this book?

This book teaches the secrets of storytelling and story structure from a popular screenplay perspective. When I start a new novel, this is the first book I reach for every time. It teaches how to keep your story engaging to readers and how to best structure the overall plot so your story flows beautifully throughout and ends with satisfaction.


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Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

By K. M. Weiland

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

Why this book?

I can never read too many books about how to structure the overall plot of a novel because I’m a by-the-book plotter. K.M. Weiland brilliantly explains in a down-to-earth way how to make your story work so you are never confused about which plot points should go where in your story, no matter if you plot to the nth degree or like to see where the story takes you with minimal planning.


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Scene & Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing)

By Jack M. Bickham

Scene & Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing)

Why this book?

This book gets down to the nitty-gritty of planning your novel and explains the difference between scenes (where the action happens), and sequels (where the reactions happen). Great for meticulous planners and haphazard pantsers alike, this book will help any writer learn some tried and true techniques to organize their story in a professional way.


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The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

By Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression

Why this book?

All writers can be tempted to use tired cliches, but this best-seller helps your characters express themselves in a whole new way. Organized by emotion, the authors list many different examples of how a character can express their feelings with body language or internal sensations. Cross-referenced for extended research, this book is an absolute must-have for any aspiring author.


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Book Cover Design Secrets You Can Use to Sell More Books

By Derek Murphy

Book Cover Design Secrets You Can Use to Sell More Books

Why this book?

When indie authors make their own book covers, most of them are awful. This book by Derek Murphy walks authors through the tips and tricks to make a book cover so professional no one would ever guess you made them yourself. Once I read this book and took the advice contained in it, my book covers blossomed, and no one can tell I didn’t pay a professional designer a single penny!


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