Books You May Want to Check Out

(all are currently available at the Hampton Public Library)

The Poets & Writer’s Complete Guide to Being a Writer by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon

How To Self Publish Your Book by Dr. Jan Yager

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing by Marilyn Heimberg Ross

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer

Books that Changed America by Robert B Downs

The Lost Art of Reading by David Ulin

Get Your Book Published by Katherine Lapworth

Writer’s Market 2020

Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2020

Poet’s Market 2020

Making the Perfect Pitch by Katherine Sands

Get Your First Book Published by Jason Shinder

78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published And 14 Reasons Why It Just Might by Pat Walsh

Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk

Writing Dialogue by Tom Chiarella

Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for the Page, Stage and Screen by Robert McKee

Do I Make Myself Clear by Harold Evans

Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley

The Art of Time in Fiction, by Joan Silber

The Writer’s Idea Book by Jack Heffron

How to Write Short by Roy Peter Clark

On Writing by Stephen King

Turning Life Into Fiction by Robin Hemley

Black Authors and Published Writers Directory

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr & E.B. White

The Art of Fiction by John Gardner

The Craft of Science Fiction by Reginald Bretnor

Writing Historical Fiction by Celia Brayfield & Duncan Sprott

Writing Romance Fiction by Helene Schellenberg

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

The Writer’s Guide to Wattpad by Benjamin Sobieck

Writing From Within by Bernard Selling

Writing Creative Nonfiction , edited by Carolyn Forche & Philip Gerard

The Art & Craft of the Short Story by Rick DeMarinis

Readings for Writers, 10th Edition by Jo Ray McCuen & Anthony C. Winkler

How to Say It: Creating Complete Customer Satisfaction by Jack Griffin

Writer’s Resource Collection at Hampton Public Library

Here are links to helpful online resources you may find useful while writing, blogging, or any other creative endeavor.


November is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month! This is a great site to visit if you’re attempting to finish a novel, or just need a little encouragement:

Writer’s Digest Magazine

If you can get your hands on a physical copy of their monthly publication, go for it! They also have a wonderful website.  It contains interviews, market listings, calls for manuscripts, and how-to articles. Their website can be found here:


This is a great website to find editors, proofreaders, and beta readers. Most services are priced at $5.00 USD and higher.

Self Publishing With Amazon’s KDP

I came across this article online and I wanted to share it. It provides a comprehensive break-down of how to publish with Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), formerly known as Create Space.

What You Can Do With KDP

I have used other POD or Print On Demand publishers before, and Amazon’s KDP has given me the best results. If you would like to see what an author can do with KDP, you can visit this page on my website:

Self Publishers’ Showcase

This is a great place to find books by self-published authors and books published by small press publishers. It’s also an excellent resource for writers: they offer editing and marketing services, cover design, beta reading, interviews and much more. My interview is featured on their site as well. You can find them here:

Small Press Publishers

Thinking about using a small press to publish your book? There’s a wonderful list of small press publishers here:

Creative Writing Advice from the Masters

Interesting Articles

How To Build A Successful Writing Career Through Self-Publishing

Should You Choose a Small Press Publisher?

Importance Of Book Marketing

Successful Self Publishing on Amazon: Six Strategies That Work 

How to Make a Living as a Professional Self-published Author — Alliance of Independent Authors

Books that prove there’s nothing wrong with self-publishing

Market while you write

Thinking of self-publishing a non-fiction book? Here’s some advice:

Tips for using search words/SEO on KDP:

Thinking of marketing your self-pub book to a bookstore? Here’s some helpful info on how to do it:

Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers: Here is the 2020 edition:


Below are worksheets I have created to help you keep your creativity flowing. Feel free to print them out!




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