There are many how to books on creative writing and publishing and really the best advice I can offer is just to make sure you're writing! Most of the books say the same thing. Don't get bogged under, be selective. If you don't know the author... how successful are they? Here are my must haves that I will update from time to time...
About being a writer and about the process of writing from one of the masters of storytelling
Story analysis: all the ingredients of storytelling from its roots and how story analysis shapes plot, character archetypes, quests, great for children's writers in particular but suitable for all
Mainly about screenwriting. but a lovely look at how storytelling varies between forms and what is story, recommended
Everything to guide you through the process of revising and editing your MS
Small book with all you need to know about grammar, made simple. Standard textbook used in many US universities
Funny look at the dos and don'ts of fiction writing that really brings it home!
In contrast to the book of the same title (above) this book by the successful mid-list crime writer, reveals the nitty gritty of how hard it really is to make a living as as writer, well worth reading
Great book with everything from how to write, structure, plot, narrative to how to find an agent, write a synopsis, etc *highly recommended*
This says everything I say when I help with synopsis writing, clear simple, takes the agony out of it!
Everything you need to know to get to grips with story structure and plot, well worth a read
Based more on screenwriting but perfect for understanding story ** newly added and highly recommended **
Everything you need to understand the art of storytelling
Short Story Specialists
Literary short stories and novels
Best of Cafelit, single author short story collections, poetry collections, picture books
Novels and short stories.
Novels and short stories
Great site for advice and competitions
Shorts stories and other
Great little press
Well worth a look
Short Stories: Writing competitions, calls for submissions, all in one place, great site!
Published my novel!