Top 3 Books Every Author Should Read

Advice for authors straight from the source.

Stephanie is an agent scout and developmental editor turned author coach to help authors strive during their author journey!

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ― Stephen King

Easier said than done, Stephen King!

Although… he does have a really great point. Hear me out.

Reading, just like writing the darn book, is equally important. There! I said it. Someone had to.

What books should I read?!

Great question – let’s discuss.

When we read, we absorb elements of a book subconsciously. That means that if you’ve written a book and go back to read a few of your favorite books, they might come off as a bit similar, be it the writing style, dialogue, formatting.

Our minds are much more capable of things than we realize.

That’s why before, during, and after your writing journey you must read. Here are a few of my top favorite books I love recommending!

The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell

If you’ve noticed a particular pattern in your favorite novels and movies such as The Hunger Games, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, then you might already be familiar with The Hero’s Journey.

This is a must-read to ensure pacing and rise and fall of action are happening at the right moments to strengthen the storyline and character development.

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

Now, you’ve likely heard about Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, and although that’s a great tool, Jessica Brody’s version is great for novelists!

Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat predominantly focused on screenplay writing, and although that can still work for fiction authors, Jessica Brody’s version is much easier to follow and has examples that are a bit more relevant for you during your writing process.


Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

What’s great about Plot and Structure is that they provide great examples, diagrams, exercises, and techniques to make approach plot and structure like an experienced pro!

Last MUST-KNOW tip!

Read books in your own genre!

Read books that relate the closest to your story and characters, that inspired you to write yours, and most importantly, read books that are doing well with your target audience.

Look at these novels in an analytical way and focus on techniques they implemented for aspects like character development, pacing, dialogue, and so on. Reading other books will allow you to look at your novel from a completely different perspective, and help you not just be a better writer but a better editor!

Not sure where to start with the plotting and editing process? We offer coaching sessions that help you from the very beginning of plotting your book along with editorial services to help you right at the end before you go to pitch your polished manuscript

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