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glasses-272399_1920Writing Craft:

  • Effective Magazine Writing: Let your Words Reach the World, Roger C. Palms, Shaw, 2000.
  • Just Write! Susan Titus Osborne, ACW Press, 2000.
  • Writing for Magazines: A Beginner’s Guide, Cheryl Sloan Wray, McGraw-Hill, revised 2004. This one is now considered a textbook, so it is fairly expensive.
  • Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing, Michelle Ruberg, ed., WD Books, 2004.
  • How to Write What You Love and Make a Living at It, Dennis E. Hensley, Shaw/Waterbrook, 2000.
  • The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing, Leonard G. Goss & Don M. Aycock, Broadman and Holman, Nashville, 2006.
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg, Shamhala Publications, 1996.


  • Christian Writers Market Guide now available in print and online.
  • Writer’s Market, Writers Digest Books, published annually in regular and deluxe edition (includes subscription to Some libraries have it.
  • A Step in the Write Direction: The Complete How-to Book for Christian Writers, Donna Clark Goodrich, available on her website, The Writer’s Friend.
  • Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams: Insider Secrets to Skyrocket Your Success, Terry Whalin.
  • For the Write Reason: 31 Writers, Agents and Editors Share Their Experiences With Christian Publishing, Marybeth Whalen, editor.
  • Marketing for Dummies, C. Smith and Alexander Hiam, John Wiley & Sons, UK, 2006.
  • Guerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 Weapons to Help You Sell Your Work, Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman and Michael Larson, Writers Digest Books, New York, 2000.

Grammar and Style:

  • The Associated Press Stylebook, updated annually, for newspapers, newsletters, flyers. Online at, subscription cost is $25/year.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press, 2010. Also online at Subscription cost, $35 annually. New print edition coming soon (2010).
  • The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, Zondervan, 2004.
  • Macmillan Teach Yourself Grammar and Style, Pamela R. Hahn, Dennis E. Hensley, 2000.
  • Polishing the “PUGS” (Punctuation, Usage, Grammar and Spelling), Kathy Ide, 2005. Highly recommended by Cecil Murphey, Reviewed on this blog.

Devotional Reading:

  • Committed But Flawed, Cecil Murphey, AMG Publishers, 2004.
  • Write His Answer, Marlene Bagnull, ACW Press, 2001.
  • How to Keep a Spiritual Journal: A Guide to Journal Keeping for Inner Growth and Personal Discovery, Ron Klug, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, 2002.

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