My post on “My five favorite reference books for writers” sparked many suggestions for additional useful resources for writers.
Suggestions arrived via my blog, social media, and email. I am grateful for every suggestion.
For example, Julie Fordyce said, “In your reference book section, I’d add the New York Times Style Guide, Fowler’s Modern English Usage (even if it is British) and Theodore Bernstein’s The Careful Writer.”
You’ll find a list of books, with links to their descriptions on Amazon.com, below.
Thank you, contributors! I wish I could acknowledge every contributor by name, but even compiling the list of titles was daunting.
- A Dictionary of American Proverbs
- A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (Fowler’s)
- Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
- Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: Thumb Indexed
- The Synonym Finder
Copywriting and marketing
- The Adweek Copywriting Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Powerful Advertising and Marketing Copy from One of America’s Top Copywriters
- The Copywriter’s Handbook, Third Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Copy That Sells
- First Hundred Million: How To Sky Rocket Your book Sales With Slam Dunk Titles
- The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style
- The Associated Press Guide to Punctuation
- The Careful Writer
- Chicago Manual of Style
- The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed
- The Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting Tribute Edition
- Hodges’ Harbrace Handbook
- Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing
- The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage
- On Writing Well
- One Word, Two Words, Hyphenated?
- Practical English Usage
- Speaking with a Purpose
- The Wall Street Journal Guide to Business Style and Usage
- Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style
- A Writer’s Reference, Fifth Edition
I hope to work my way through the books you’ve suggested.