It can be time consuming to sort through all of the available writing books on the Kindle just to find the good writing titles that are on sale, or even better – free!
In this post some of the most popular free writing titles are shared.
(Note: All books were free at the time of posting. Please check that your “buy now with 1-click” or “buy now” says the price is $0.00 before committing to purchase.)
1. Dirty Tricks: Defend Your Book from Trolls, Competing Authors, Stupid Reviewers and More
From Amazon: (Released 10/14/12)
* Has your book been attacked by anonymous one-star reviewers?
* Jealous authors trying to knock down your sales to boost up their own?
* Are you the victim of trolls?
It has been proven over and over that competing authors are using straw accounts to post bogus reviews against decent, well-written books. Learn how to fight back with this quick and easy to understand guide. Defend your hard work of art from the bottom-feeders who come out of the woodwork to spoil good sales ranks.
Don’t let your book drown in a sea of anonymous one-star reviews. Turn the tables on ’em with a few Dirty Tricks of your own.
Publishing a book on Amazon teaches authors new lessons every day. Learn from someone who has seen the good, bad, and ugly side of publishing on Kindle and soon you will be publishing for profit!
2. Write or Die
From Amazon: (Released 4/13/10)
Survival tips for 21st century writers, from best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson, M.J. Rose, Heather Graham, J.A. Konrath, Gayle Lynds, Alexandra Sokoloff, Jonathan Maberry, and more. How to develop your craft, improve your writing, get an agent, promote your work, embrace the digital age, and prepare yourself for the coming changes in the publishing industry. Edited by Scott Nicholson.
Other contributors include Elizabeth Massie, Harley Jane Kozak, Douglas Clegg, Brandon Massey, Mur Lafferty, Dean Wesley Smith, David J. Montgomery, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Kroese, and Adrienne Jones. Covering art, craft, and business.
3. Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero
From Amazon: (Released 10/23/11)
How to find material for murder mysteries under your very nose. USA Today Bestselling mystery author Jaqueline Girdner offers some ideas on harvesting a bumper crop of potential fictional homicides.
“I’ve always heard you should write what you know. I just take it a little further; I kill what I know. Every experience I’ve ever had is possible fodder for murder. And I’ve had a lot of experience: as a divorce lawyer, as a psychiatric aide in a mental hospital, and as a small-business owner. And of course, as a writer.”
4. How to Write a Great Query Letter: Insider Tips and Techniques for Success
From Amazon: (Released 7/15/09)
Many books have been written about the query letter. But few have been written by literary agents, who receive thousands of queries each year and who grapple with them on a daily basis. Even fewer books have been written by literary agents who are currently active, who are willing to write from the trenches and offer their perspective on why they reject query letters, and why they accept them.
During his last 14 years as a literary agent, New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, President of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd and author of three critically-acclaimed books on the craft of writing, has read thousands of query letters. Now, for the first time, he offers his insights on the query letter, sharing an insider’s perspective, giving insights and practical tips about what works and what doesn’t.
5. How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent
From Amazon: (Released 3/7/12)
Many books have been written about how to get published. But few have been written by literary agents, who receive thousands of submissions each year and who grapple with them on a daily basis. Even fewer have been written by active literary agents who are willing to write from the trenches and offer their perspective on why they reject manuscripts, and why they accept them. And no books have been written from an agent’s perspective on what it’s like, step by step, to work with an agent on a daily basis, and on how to assure that you maintain a long, happy working relationship with your agent.
How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent is the first book written from an active literary agent’s perspective that teaches authors why agents reject or accept manuscripts; why they decide to represent certain authors and not represent others; the best way to approach agents; the best way to work with an agent on a daily basis; and that offers them dozens of specific resources to make the difference in their finally finding the perfect agents for their work.
New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, President of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd, has represented multiple New York Times bestsellers, winners of the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award, National Book Award Finalists, and has himself written three critically-acclaimed books on the craft of writing, The First Five Pages, The Plot Thickens, and A Dash of Style. During his last 13 years as a literary agent he has read thousands of manuscripts and represented hundreds of book deals, and in this book he shares his insider’s perspective, offers insight and practical tips about what works and what doesn’t.
How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent is a must-read for any author serious about getting published. Geared for a broad range of authors, its subject matter is relevant to authors of fiction and non-fiction, screenwriters, poets–any serious author–offering principles that will help lead to success no matter what your craft. Practical and engaging, filled with exercises, anecdotes and sidebars, this 200 plus page book takes you on a journey, and will bring you that much closer to finally landing a literary agent.
How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent includes:
* 10 Reasons Why You Need an Agent
* 9 Steps to Building Your Bio (for Fiction)
* 8 Ways to Build Your Non-Fiction Platform
* 13 Factors to Consider When Evaluating an Agent
* 24 Free Resources for Researching Agents
* 11 Fee-Based Resources for Researching Agents
* The 4 Musts of Submitting
* 4 Keys to Successful Follow Up
* 3 Resources to Protect you from Agent Scams
* 5 Ways an Agent Can Take Advantage of You
* To Use a Book Doctor?
* 7 Ways to Protect Yourself in an Agency Agreement
* To Hire an Attorney?
* What it’s Like to Work With an Agent (a Step-by-Step Timeline)
* A Publication Timeline Chart
* 15 Ways to Assure a Great Relationship With Your Agent
* 6 Reasons to Drop Your Agent
* To Self Publish?
This 75,000 word file includes bonus material: two additional books written by Mr. Lukeman–HOW TO WRITE A GREAT QUERY LETTER and ASK A LITERARY AGENT (YEAR ONE)–for free!
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