Useful Books and Sites


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... 


Books that have helped me

Stephen King On Writing


About being a writer and about the process of writing from one of the masters of storytelling

Christopher Vogler The Writer's Journey

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 

Robert McKee Story

Mainly about screenwriting. but a lovely look at how storytelling varies between forms and what is story, recommended 

James Scott Bell Revision and Self-editing

 Everything to guide you through the process of revising and editing your MS 

Strunk & White Elements of Style

Small book with all you need to know about grammar, made simple. Standard textbook used in many US universities 

Newman & Mittlemark How Not to Write a Novel

Funny look at the dos and don'ts of fiction writing that really brings it home! 

David Armstrong How Not to Write a Novel

 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 

Nicola Morgan Write to be Published

 Great book with everything from how to write, structure, plot, narrative to how to find an agent, write a synopsis, etc *highly recommended* 

Nicola Morgan Write A Great Synopsis (e-book)


This says everything I say when I help with synopsis writing, clear simple, takes the agony out of it!

Larry Brooks Story Engineering

 Everything you need to know to get to grips with story structure and plot, well worth a read 

John Yorke Into The Woods

Based more on screenwriting but perfect for understanding story ** newly added and highly recommended **

Syd Field Screenplay

Everything you need to understand the art of storytelling

Useful Links

Bridge House Publishing

Short Story Specialists

Unthank Books

Literary short stories and  novels

Chapeltown Books

Best of Cafelit, single author short story collections, poetry collections, picture books

Comma Press

Novels and short stories.

Salt Publishing

Novels and short stories

Accent Press

Seeking novels

Fish Publishing

Great site for advice and competitions 

Early Works Press

Shorts stories and other

Honno Women's Welsh Press

Great little press

Mslexia Magazine

Well worth a look

Christopher Fielden

Short Stories: Writing competitions,  calls for submissions, all in one place, great site!

Parthian Books

Published my novel!