Recommended books for nonfiction writers and authorsFollowing is a collection of books about writing, publishing and promoting nonfiction books, as well as some related topics, authored by past speakers and friends of the Nonfiction Authors Association.


Judith Briles – How to Avoid Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos

Julia Cameron – The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Judy Carter – The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom—The Comedy Writer’s Ultimate “How To” Guide

Stacy Ennis – The Editor’s Eye: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Book from Good to Great

Anne Janzer – The Writer’s Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear

Mary Karr – The Art of Memoir

Stephen King – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Dan Poynter – Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books

Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Steven Pressfield – The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battle

Steven Pressfield – Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way

Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers, PhD – The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey

Brooke Warner – Breaking Ground on Your Memoir: Craft, Inspiration, and Motivation for Memoir Writers

William Zinsser – On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

William Zinsser – Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past


Nina Amir – Nonfiction Book Proposals De-Mystified

Jeff Kleinman and Ryan Lejarde – The Science of Rejection Letters: A Step-By-Step Guide to Analyze Rejection Letters in Order to Improve Your Writing & Get Published

Michael Larsen – How to Write a Book Proposal

Elizabeth Lyon – Nonfiction Book Proposals Anyone Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance Before Writing Your Book

Susan Rabiner – Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Serious Nonfiction and Get it Published

Brooke Warner – How to Sell Your Memoir: 12 Steps to a Perfect Book Proposal


Dan Poynter – The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book

Karl Palachuk – Publish Your First Book: A Quick-Start Guide to Publishing in a Digital Age

Richard Rieman – The Author’s Guide to Audio Book Creation

Helen Sedwick – The Self-Publisher’s Legal Companion

Brooke Warner – Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing


Judith Briles – AuthorYOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms

Stephanie Chandler – The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan: Online and Offline Promotion Strategies to Build Your Audience and Sell More Books

Mark Coker – The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide: How to Market Any Book for Free

Shel Horowitz – Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers


Chris Anderson – Free: The Future of a Radical Price

Stephanie Chandler – Own Your Niche: Hype-Free Internet Marketing Tactics to Establish Authority in Your Field and Promote Your Service-Based Business

Seth Godin – Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Seth Godin – All Marketers are Liars: The Underground Classic that Explains How Marketing Really Works–and Why Authenticity is the Best Marketing of All

Jay Conrad Levinson and Shel Horowitz – Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World

Michael Port – Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life

Mark Schaefer – KNOWN: The Handbook for Building and Unleashing a Personal Brand in the Digital Age


Frances Caballo – Social Media Just for Writers 

Corey Perlman – Social Media Overload: Simple Social Media Strategies For Overwhelmed and Time Deprived Businesses

Neal Schaffer – Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success


Peter Bowerman – The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living

Peter Bowerman – The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in 6 Months or Less

Judith Briles – The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers

Jim Horan – The One-Page Business Plan for the Creative Entrepreneur

Brian Jud – How to Make Real Money Selling Books: A Complete Guide to the Book Publishers’ World of Special Sales

Leslie Truex – Digital Writer Success: How to Make a Living Blogging, Freelance Writing, and Publishing Online

Leslie Truex – Jobs Online: How to Find and Get Hired to a Work-At-Home Job

Leslie Truex – The Work-At-Home Success Bible

Leslie Truex – How to Start Your Own Consulting Business


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