7 Free E-Books for Writers

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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.

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Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has more than 15 years of experience in the book and magazine publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and the future of authorship. She speaks around the world at events such as BookExpo America, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Digital Book World, and has keynoted writing conferences such as The Muse & The Marketplace. She currently teaches digital media and publishing at the University of Virginia. Find out more.
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  2. 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.

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  4. 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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