Alderson, Martha. Blockbuster Plots. Illusion Press, 2004.
Bell, James Scott. Revision & Self-Editing. Writer’s Digest Books, 2008.
Card, Orson Scott. Character & Viewpoint. Writer’s Digest Books, 1988.
Gardner, John. The Art of Fiction. Vintage, 1991.
Griswold, Jerry. Feeling Like a Kid. John Hopkins University Press, 2006.
King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Pocket Books, 2000.
McKee, Robert. Story. Regan Books, 1997.
Pressfield, Steven. The War of Art. Grand Central Publishing, 2003.
Prose, Francine. Reading Like a Writer. Harper Perennial, 2007.
Rogers, Cindy. Word Magic. Institute of Children’s Literature, 2004.
Tobias, Ronald. 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them. Writer’s Digest, 1993.
Underdown, H. Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books. Alpha, 2008.
Yolen, Jane. Take Joy. Writer’s Digest, 2006.
A Necessary Resource:
*Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. Ed. By Alice Pope. Writer’s Digest Books, annual. (*Submissions “Bible” for children’s writers.)
Other Resources to Have on Hand:
Books you may want to invest in: a book on manuscript submissions, a good dictionary, rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, slang dictionary, grammar/style books, books on names, proverbs, folk sayings, folksongs, mythology, and lots of folk and fairy tale collections, and Publishers Weekly magazine spring edition (the children’s forthcoming issue).