Top 10 List of Books to Help Make You a Successful Author

Top 10 List of Books to Help Make You a Successful Author 

The books on this list have made a BIG difference for me. They have inspired me, motivated me and guided me to take the right actions and get results. The only path to mastery is to keep educating yourself, learn new strategies, and try them out for yourself. Stay inspired and grow faster when you read top-notch books.

Of all the books I've read on writing, publishing and doing what it takes to get big projects done, the books on this list have helped me the most. I could have given you a list of a 100 books, but these are a good start. You should have every one in your library.


Here they are...

cover_my book#1 How to Write a Book that Sells You

By Robin Colucci (I just had to include my book now that it's out!)

More than eighty percent of Americans believe they should write and publish a book, but less than one percent actually does so. In How to Write a Book That Sells You, author Robin Colucci guides coaches, consultants, and entrepreneurs in writing and publishing a book that can become a power tool in their businesses. The steps presented in this guide seek to help you avoid or handle most of the blocks, distractions, and misunderstandings that prevent people from becoming authors. It teaches you how to excavate your most radical, leading-edge ideas and write a book that excites your audience and expands your impact. - See more



#2  How to Write a Book Proposal

By Michael Larsen

This newly revised edition of the Writer's Digest Books classic outlines how to create an effective, nonfiction book proposal in a clear, step-by-step manner. A book proposal is like a business plan for your book, so whether you intend to self-publish or seek a publisher, How to Write a Book Proposal is THE fundamental book for every aspiring author who wants to sell books.


#3 How To Get A Literary Agent

By Michael Larsen

Written by a top literary agent who gives writers an insider's view of how to find and work with an agent throughout the process of getting published. If you want to know what agents want and how best to communicate with them, this book is a must read.



#4 Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual

By Dan Poynter

Book publishing is changing. The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2 describes how to use new techniques to write your book even faster, use new technology to publish it for less, and how to use social media for promotion.




#5  Joy Writing

By Kenn Amdahl

This book will make you want to write. It will also entertain, inspire, and cheer you as it nudges and teases you toward mastery of language. Novices and experienced writers alike will discover useful tips.



#6  The Elements of Style

By William Strunk & E. B. White

You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. Use it to make a big impact you’re your writing.






#7  The Millionaire Messenger

By Brendon Bruchard

In The Millionaire Messenger, Brendon Burchard reveals the  "expert industry" secrets and shows how to become an influential and highly paid advice expert through websites, books, speeches, seminars, coaching, consulting, and online programs.  If you’ve ever wondered how thought leaders spread their message, serve others, and build a real business, it's here in this book.


#8 On Writing

By Stephen King

A revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it.


Author You J Briles#9 Author You: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms

By Dr. Judith Briles

An extraordinary and interactive guidebook. Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd and author and publishing expert, will share insider strategies on how she created multiple bestsellers and award-winning books for herself and hundreds of clients. Discover how to: Create a successful book plan; 22 Activities that will captivate your author and book development; Identify which publishing venue is right for you; Use simple ways to get to the core of your book; Carve out the time and space to craft your masterpiece; ID which Internet and social media features will work for your book; Steer clear of the publishing predators;Learn the components of creating a successful book launch; Cloud funding ... and much more.


#10  Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

By Francine Prose

Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted.