It's no secret that authors need to read. Reading is essential for honing our craft, understanding the industry, and keeping up with trends. But what are the best books to read if you're an author? I've put together a list of five books that I think every author should read. Whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned pro, these books will help you improve your writing skills and knowledge of the publishing industry. So without further ado, here are my five picks for the best books for authors!
If you want to be the best, you must learn from the best. There's no question that Mr. King is the KING of fiction. He is notorious for being very prolific and has written so many books that it's nearly impossible to keep track of them all. If you're looking for a great book that will give you tricks and tools of the trade along with snippets about the author himself, you won't want to miss this one.
I've been reading a lot of Joanna Penn lately! She has an excellent series of books tailored toward self-published authors on a variety of topics (everything from writing to running a business to looking after your mental health as an author). Each book is short and easy to digest, with steps that you can put into practice immediately!
I have been following K.M. Weiland's blog since before I became a published author myself. She posts every week about how to become an author, and she has a super helpful series of books geared toward just that. Structuring Your Novel was the first one I read, and it had a big impact in the way I understood story and how I structure all of my books.
Becca Syme is a genius in the author coaching field. I saw her at the 20Books Las Vegas conference last year and fell in love with her philosophy. She focuses on helping authors become more productive and avoid/overcome writer's block and burnout by focusing on individual personalities and strengths and weaknesses. Her 6-book series is aimed at helping writers identify their strengths and learn to use them!
5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book is just... *chef's kiss*. If you're looking for something to light your creative fire and inspire you to chase your dreams, this is the book you've been waiting for. Elizabeth Gilbert is a master of weaving words and inspiring others to pursue their passion! I HIGHLY recommend this one on audio book. Elizabeth Gilbert herself reads it, and every time I listen to it, I feel excited and empowered and INSPIRED!
While I can’t promise that reading these five books will make you the next J.K. Rowling, they should help you improve your writing skills and understand some of the basics of being an author in today’s market. What do you think is the best book on writing out there? Let me know in the comments below!