"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the
friends I want to see." --John Burroughs
Top 10 Reference Books to Add to
Every good writer knows that writing can't always be perfect, but with
the help of a few guides, you can improve the quality of your words,
sentences, paragraphs and pages.
-The Associated Press Style and Libel
Countless newspapers and other publications base their style guides on
-The Elements of Style by Strunk
One must first know the rules to
break them. This classic reference
book is a must-have for any writer. Learn the elements of style in
order to write like a professional.
You will have moments when the
right word just won't come to you. Be
sure to purchase a full thesaurus that works on a number system, not a
-Random House Webster's Pocket
Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation
This quick reference to grammar,
punctuation, and spelling will keep
you out of trouble when it is important to get your writing right.
-The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
word processing programs come with some form of a dictionary but
writers need a reference that is much more comprehensive.
-Working with Words: A Handbook
for Media Writers and Editors
This is a wonderful guide on
concise writing that covers grammar, three
forms of media writing, and punctuation.
-Writer's Market (Get the most
This comprehensive guide lists literary and periodical markets,
writer's guidelines, and fees paid.
-Freelance Rates and Standard Practice by National Writer's Union
This book is a must have for
writers who want to know what the going
rates are in all parts of the publishing world.
-The Oxford Guide to Library
Research by Thomas Mann
-Searching and Researching on the
Internet and the World Wide Web by
Karen Hart Mann and Ernest Ackermann