7 Free E-Books for Writers


free ebooks

Last year, I rounded up some of the best free e-books for writers. That list deserves an update, so once again, here are the most valuable e-books and downloads that I recommend for all writers. If you know of others I should include, please leave a comment!

General Advice

  • Write Good or Die, a compilation of tips by Scott Nicholson, from bestselling authors such as MJ Rose, JA Konrath, Jonathan Mayberry, and more. Available in most formats via Smashwords, and also for Kindle.
  • Time Management for Creative People by Mark McGuinness. Ten very specific strategies and tactics! Available as a PDF.

Getting Published

Marketing & Business


E-Book Publishing 101
90-minute online class; no tech skill required

WD webinar December 2014My latest online class, in partnership with Writer's Digest, focuses on the basics of do-it-yourself ebook publishing. What are the right services for publishing your e-book? What are some of the most effective e-book marketing strategies? Get answers to these questions, plus an unbiased look at the e-book publishing scene, when you should do it, and-if you do-how to be effective in your efforts, without investing more money than you should.

  • http://DavidNevin.net David Nevin

    Great thanks!

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  • florence fois

    Thank you so much, Jane. Great resources :)

  • http://twitter.com/mentalmosaic Tui Snider

    This looks like a great list. Thanks! 

    p.s. Thanks to @riverand for pointing this out to me. :)

  • http://www.selena-blake.com SelenaBlake

    This one’s pretty good. 55 Tips for Authors (
    http://www.alice-anderson.com/free-newsletter/ ) I’ve also read the follow up which is bigger and full of additional tips.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    Jane, I appreciate the information. I recently put Edgerton’s “Hooked” on my Kindle as a free download. His writing advice proves free can be priceless. It now sells for $8.99 on Kindle and still is undervalued at that price. I look forward to reading your recommendations.

  • Anne R. Allen

    What great resources. Thanks much for this list, Jane. Will RT!

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  • Anonymous

    This is awesome! Thanks!

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  • http://janefriedman.com Jane Friedman

    Appreciate the tip! I’ll check it out!

  • http://janefriedman.com Jane Friedman

    That IS a good book, I agree!

  • http://janefriedman.com Jane Friedman

    Thanks to everyone for reading & commenting.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/SpiceBites Rashda Khan

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • http://www.novelistsatwork.com/ Suzan

    Very good list. I’ve read a few of those, and loved them. I’m going to look up the rest. I read Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! which was awesome. It’s not geared towards writers specifically, though he does mention publishing in the book. It’s more towards entrepreneurs, but aren’t writers business owners anyway? I got a lot out of it. It’s not free, but I got the ebook for $9.99 from the Sony store. Gobbled it up in hours.

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  • http://www.adventuresinexpatland.com/ Linda

    Terrific list, thank you for sharing. I was thrilled to see I’ve read a few, and can’t wait to read the others.

  • http://www.justcris.com/ Cris Ferreira

    Quite an interesting list, I will download them. Thanks, Jane.

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    Nice article. Thanks!

  • JuliaWinner

    Thank you, Jane!