Two New Writing Books for Your Reference Library

Today I wanted to share with you news of two new writing books by colleagues of mine that have just been published.

The first one is The Business of Writing by Simon Whaley. As the name indicates, this is a guide to the business aspects of writing, from taxation to pen-names, author contracts to press trip protocols. The full table of contents is copied below.BOWContentsSimon is a UK-based freelance writer who lives in Shropshire, not a million miles from me. The book does therefore have a UK focus, especially when it comes to matters such as taxation. Much of the content would apply equally if you live elsewhere, though.

Simon also has a blog called The Business of Writing, which is well worth reading. He writes a column by that name too in the UK-based Writing Magazine (great branding, Simon!).

Much of the content of the book is based on articles published in Simon’s magazine column. As you might expect it is very well written and edited, and other writers (including me) are quoted extensively.

The Business of Writing is available from Amazon as a Kindle e-book and I understand a Createspace print version may be in the pipeline too. Highly recommended for UK writers in particular.

The other book I wanted to mention today is 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make by UK-based writer Alex Gazzola. This does have some similarities with Simon Whaley’s book, as it concerns (primarily) business aspects of writing, but actually there is very little overlap between the two titles.

The content of 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make is drawn mainly from Alex’s popular blog Mistakes Writers Make. The content is therefore organized into 50 short chapters (each corresponding to a blog post). Every chapter discusses one specific mistake, from Over-Politeness to Going Scattergun. Again, I have copied the table of contents below (with apologies that I couldn’t quite fit in the last two articles).

50 More Mistakes Writers Make

50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make is available as a Kindle e-book only, and is a follow up to Alex’s original 50 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make. Although written primarily for a UK readership, most of it would work just as well for writers living elsewhere.

I hope you will check out both these books and consider adding them to your library. They are down-to-earth and highly readable practical guides, by two UK professional writers who have both built very successful freelance careers. They are also, incidentally, two of the nicest people you could hope to meet.

As ever, if you have any questions or comments about either of these books, please do post them below,.

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