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 has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. From 2001–2010 she worked at Writer's Digest, where she ultimately became publisher; more recently, she was an editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review, where she led digital strategy. Jane currently teaches writing and publishing at the University of Virginia and is a columnist for Publishers Weekly. The Great Courses just released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (2017). Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. 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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