Influential Books for Authors

Reading is the most important tool an author has to improve their career, along with their craft. I have read many books that changed my life as an author. These are just some of my favorites. 

Here are the top ten books that influenced my career:

10. The First Five Pages, by Noah Lukeman.

A weak start to your book is disastrous. Noah discusses this problem, along with common mistakes in writing, dialogue, and storytelling.

9. Creating Character Emotions, by Ann Hood.

This book is filled with “good” and “bad” examples of descriptive emotions. Learn how to bring life out of fictional characters. 

8. The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren.

It is difficult for authors to have a career writing books. Nevertheless, authors need to understand that their gift serves a wonderful and spiritual purpose.

7. Be Your Own Literary Agent, by Martin Levin.

Martin Levin gave me his book when I first started out. It taught me how to be more independent as an author along with an education regarding the publishing industry.

6. Becoming a Better You, by Joel Osteen.

Like everyone, authors will have humbling moments in their life. Authors need to use every ounce of their emotions to create an entertaining book. Spiritually, authors must remain strong.

5. Your Novel Proposal from Creation to Contract, by Cameson and Cook.

Query letters, synopses, literary agents, editors, publishers, and resources. This book covers it all. 

4. On Writing, by Stephen King.

Stephen King is certainly an example of how to become a successful author, but it is mportant to know that he was not a legend overnight. Authors should not focus on his bankroll, but rather his journey.

3. The Elements of Style, by Strunk and White.

Everything you need to know about writing. This book is your personal editor.

2. Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins.

Never stop trying to improve yourself. You have total control over your destiny.

1. The Describer’s Dictionary, by David Grambs.

 When doing my redrafts, I keep this book by my side. It assists with description, the way a thesaurus and dictionary does not. You can take your basic words and change them into fiction greatness.

The bible has been my most influential book. Without the support from God and His wisdom, I am considerably lost. As authors, we must remember that our gift has been bestowed upon us to serve others. The bible reminds me of that, every single day.

 On my next blog, I will discuss the most influential novels that improved my craft.

 Ron Knight 
Author of Untraditional Publishing

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