Books Every Nonfiction Writer Must Have

The books on this list will help you grow your skills, get more clients, and increase your income.

I’ve collected a list of my favorites writing books from over the last 15 or so years. Here they are in no particular order.

General Nonfiction Writing

These books will help you with everything from sentence structure to story ideas and beyond.

Nonfiction Storytelling

These books show you how to harness the power of storytelling to write compelling nonfiction narrative.

Memoir/Autobiography Writing

These books will show you how to write a moving memoir or autobiography.

Business Writing

Every writer should know at least the basics of business writing, and these books will give you a solid foundation.


These books will help you uncover the stories, emotions, and thoughts of your writing subjects.


Writing is half the battle. Editing is the other half. These reference books will show you how to effectively edit any copy that you write or that comes across your desk.

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