Life is a journey.
Much of what we do in life is also a journey.
As you know (if you read my blog a few days ago), I recently attended a writers conference. There were writers there at every stage of the journey.
The starry-eyed hopeful . . . who still dreams of the romantic life of a published writer
The novice . . . who has gotten down to business and realizes there’s a lot to learn
The newly-published . . . who realizes it’s a lot of fun to see one’s name in print, who wants that feeling again, and who realizes there’s a lot to learn
The intermediate . . . who has published a number of articles and maybe even a book or two, who realizes there’s still a lot to learn
The pro . . . who is making a living with their writing and possibly speaking engagements as well and yes, you guessed it, knows there is even now lots to learn
Do you see a theme here?
I attended Steve Laube’s continuing class, “From Idea to Print.” He summarized his thirty years in the industry in just six hours. Among the handouts was a list he carefully prepared of skills development books he recommends. He encouraged us to never stop learning.
Steve broke it down by month, thirty-six books in total. However, he also included his “If You Will Only Read One” list. Here are those four books by category:
Fiction: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renee Browne and Dave King
Non-fiction: An Introduction to Christian Writing by Ethel Herr
The Writing Life: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont
The Business: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
I will likely share some of Steve’s other recommendations in the future, but this looks like a great place to start.
Happy Reading/Happy Writing