Are you a freelance writer, blogger, copywriter, web developer, or a website designer? What books for bloggers and freelancers have you read? Have been in the business for several years, or perhaps you’re just starting? You know that to become the best writer and marketer, you need to read relevant books and practice your trade frequently.
But as you search topics to write about, you realize that your passion for writing is diminishing, making you want to give up your precious writing career. Sometimes you find yourself lost along the way – not having the willpower or motivation you need to keep doing what you love.
I get it; you’re not alone in this. I know where you’re coming from because I have been there. However, does the fact that you have to read related books on blogging to hone your skills means that you should digest any book you can find?
On the contrary, instead, try to read the best books for bloggers that will add value to your writing. Books that will help you become a success in your career. It is for this reason that we put these pieces together.
In this article, we have compiled a list of 32 excellent books on blogging and freelance writing to help you take your freelancing and blogging career to the next height. Here are the must-read books for bloggers you should be reading.
Let dive in;
Books for Bloggers & Freelancers (Beginner)
1: WordPress for Beginners 2019: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering WordPress -by Dr. Andy Williams
If you want to learn and master WordPress in a simple, effective method using a step-by-step visual guide including more than 300 screenshots, this book is for you. The book is a 2019 edition that would help you create fascinating blogs or websites from scratch.
It also covers WordPress’ latest version, “the Gutenberg editor,” which has replaced the “classic editor.” This book for bloggers is written to assist you from being a beginner WordPress user to a professional. Andy helps you with all the in’s and out’s of WordPress.
2: WordPress Theme Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself 1st Edition – by Tris Hussey
Tris Hussey, a long-time blogger, writer, and technologist, and Catherine Winters take you on a journey with this epic book. Their book is about WordPress theme development. They put you in the driving seat where you can conveniently customize your WordPress website and blog with less effort.
The book is one of the must-read books for bloggers and freelance writers because it provides you a step-by-step theming guide. The guide will transform you from a beginner to an expert WordPress designer. Tris’ book is not only for beginners, but also for experienced bloggers, content marketers, freelancers, web developers, and website designers.
You will learn critical skills about WordPress themes, using PHP, CSS, and HTML capabilities which you can use to develop themes for all content management systems (CMS).
3: WordPress To Go – by Sarah McHarry
WordPress for me is the best blogging platform ever. Even though it is the best, many bloggers, especially newbies are finding it difficult to navigate the platform. Thus, they turn to WordPress alternatives. However, there is good news for you.
Sarah Harry’s book has the best tips that’ll help you start your WordPress website from scratch to finish with amazing results.
4: JumpStart WordPress – by Susan Velez
There are several things involve in using WordPress; it’s not only about setting up your blog or website. That is only part of the process. After you create your site, you will have to install and configure the best WordPress plugins. You’ll also customize your site, integrate and configure Google search console, Google analytics, etc. Jumpstart WordPress is one f the must-read books for bloggers and freelance writers because it covers all you need to know. The book will take the guesswork away and teach you how to better set-up your WordPress website.
Booka for Blogger & Freelance Writers (Freelance Writing)
5: Starting Your Career As a Freelance Writer (Second Edition – by Moira Anderson Allen
Starting your career as a freelance writer is a fantastic book that will help you become an established and successful freelance writer. The book illustrates clearly the process of freelance writing and provides you with strategies and tools. The tips and tools will aid you to become a successful freelance writer and start making money from your text.
It has a new section on the “online writer,” which discusses issues such as: how to set up your own website. The new section also discusses how to participate and engage in social media platforms for maximum results, etc. New chapters have been added as well, which gives guidance on many writing possibilities.
- Technical writing
- And how to write for international markets.
6: The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success –by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell
This book by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell will teach you the tips and tricks of some successful writers. Tips that will help you become a better and successful as well. It also demonstrates how to break the “rules” of writing in a unique way that can help you beat your competitors and lead to a successful writing career.
7: The Profitable Freelance Writer’s Action Guide – by Marcie Hill
Marcie’s book is for newbie freelance writers who want to make the most of their writing career. She also wrote the book for seasoned writers who are underpaid. It enables you to get more from your freelance writing business by being paid what you deserve.
The book is a guide that offers the best tips, tools, and resources to help you get started on a successful writing journey. That is why we added it to the list of 32 must-read books for bloggers and freelance writers.
Books for Bloggers & Freelancers (Magazines & Publications)
8: Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments – by Jenna Glatzer
From this book, you will learn the first-hand step-by-step guide on how to write for magazines and publications and make lots of money. It shows you how to build relationships with top brand editors. Moreover, it reveals what top publishing companies and magazines want from you as a writer. It also shows you how to identify sections in a magazine that are open to freelance writers.
The book goes further to show you what topics and stories are most in-demand, including the best part – how to become an expert and authority in your niche.
9: The Well-Fed Writer – by Peter Bowerman
This book by Peter Bowerman is breathtaking. I love the style of writing which includes many case studies of other successful freelance writers. The book can help you start your freelance writing business off on a good start. You will also discover how to protect your writing business.
The Well-Fed Writer is a must-read book for bloggers and freelance writers because it’s packed with lots of information that will help you on your writing journey.
Books for Bloggers & Freelance Writers (Content Creation)
10: 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block – by Marcie Hill
Marcie’s book is for everyone – bloggers, non-bloggers, content marketers, freelance writers, etc. The suggestions and tips in this book can help you to overcome writer’s block and become a more creative writer. Blog content writing, videos, audio content, etc., Marcie’s book got you covered because it can assist you to create fantastic content that engages your readers to make them keep coming back for more.
Did I mention that this book will also help to enhance your tech skills? Yes, it certainly will. That is why we have it as one of the must-read books for bloggers and freelance writers.
11: 20 Blog Posts Must-Haves – by Lorraine Reguly
Lorraine’s ebook is an epic book that is designed to help you write fascinating blog posts and become a better blogger. The 20 blog posts must-have ebook, is a valuable element of blogging that is undoubtedly going to make you an authority and successful blogger.
This book will help you create incredible blog posts.
12: 21 Proven Ways to Create Compelling Content and Kiss Writer’s Block Goodbye: Volume 2 – by Danny Iny, Jim Hopkinson, and Alexis Rodrigo
Writer’s block is a problem many bloggers, if not all, has to deal with day-in-day-out. You sometimes get to a point where you run out of ideas to write for your blog. Bloggers run out of content ideas, which makes it difficult to continue writing.
This book by Danny Iny, Jim Hopkinson and Alexis Rodrigo have you covered. It gives you infinite article ideas to write about and also motivates you to keep writing.
13: How To Write Great Blog Posts That Engage Readers – by Steve Scott
The how to write great blog posts that engage your readers by Steve Scott is an amazing short read book, more like a booklet but filled with insightful, valuable tips. The tips in this book will help both newbie bloggers and pro bloggers alike to improve and maximize their writing skills.
The result, you will be able to write great content that not only engages your readers but will make them loyal subscribers.
14: The Content Code: Six essential strategies to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business – by Mark Schaefer
Mark Schaefer is an award-winning business writer. I have been following Mark for the longest because of the valuable information he is dispensing both on his blog, various social media channels, and his books as well.
With his years of marketing and global sales experience in the content marketing industry, his book, “the content code” shows you how to come up with unique content that outclasses your competitors and beats the content shock.
You will also learn all there is about content distribution, branding, brand development, content production, etc.
15: Write. Publish. Grow. The Ultimate Guide To Guest Blogging – by Jonathan Gebauer and Susanne Gebauer
In the blogging sphere, guest blogging is the best way to make your voice heard. It gives you the opportunity to establish yourself as an expert and authority in your niche.
Jonathan Gebauer and Susanne Gebauer wrote this book with guest blogging in mind.
It makes clear the advantages of guest blogging and helps bloggers and freelance writer to understand the best way to guest blog for maximum result.
16: Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content – by Ann Handley
Many writers refrain from writing because they believe they can’t write well. As a result, they’re afraid to write. One thing you should understand is that, while it might have been easy for some writers to start writing and keep flowing with the rhythm, many others learned to write the hard way.
I remember when I first started, reading every article about the craft of writing, blogging and freelance writing. I wrote some fantastic articles but wasn’t confident enough to hit publish because I was afraid my text wasn’t good enough. Not until I read “Everybody Writes.”
Hence, the book “Everybody Writes” takes the fear away from you and shows you how to create terrific content consistently.
17: An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog – by Janice Wald
The “An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog” is a step-by-step guide or directions for creating epic blog posts, tips for increasing your blog readership, and advice about the best blogging tools for your blog. The tips presented in this book will help you improve your content’s visibility significantly.
Here is what customers are saying about Janice’ book:
Currently, there are over 1 billion websites online. In order to make yours stand out and achieve visibility, you need an action plan. If your action plan does NOT include devouring this book, you’ll be sorry!
~ Melinda Mitchell
Books for Bloggers (Inspiration, Productivity, & Staying Organized)
18: The 4 Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – by Tim Ferriss
As mentioned in the outset of this article, sometimes you lost the motivation you need to keep writing. In a situation like this, the “The 4-hour workweek” by Tim Ferris is just what you need. I call it a masterpiece because of its motivational and organizational capabilities.
It is one of the best books for bloggers and freelance writers because, from this book, you will discover how to be organized. You will also uncover how to stay focused on the more important things. Moreover, the book will motivate you beyond imagination.
19: Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. – by Lara Casey
Make it happen by Lara Casey is a combination of both personal story and self-help. Why is it on the list of must-read books for bloggers and freelance writers? It is because Lara designed the book to take your fears away and inspire you to leap forward on your journey.
The book will inspire you to start taking actionable steps to a successful freelance writing and blogging career. When you’re feeling down, thinking much about whether or not to continue pursuing your writing career, this book will help. It will undoubtedly give you the boost you need to make it happen.
20: EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Planner – by Regina Anaejionu
Another ideal book by Regina Anaejionu. This book is truly epic and stands by its name. The material is a workbook where the writer tells all you need to know in terms of organizing the different tasks associated with writing.
It helps you get your tasks on a plan, such as 12 worksheets for your content planning, as well as a small business plan. Now you can see why this book is Epic!
21: Ultimate Blog Planner – by Fabrizio Van Marciano
This book by my friend Fabrizio is a PDF template workbook that is packed with fascinating tips to help you plan and skyrocket your blogging career. With more than 23 professionally designed full-size printable templates to help you prepare and manage your work, thus, grow your blogging business significantly, the ultimate blog Planner is a must-read.
Books for Bloggers & Freelance Writers (Creativity)
22: Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All – by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
We all know that creativity is one of the best qualities every writer needs to possess to be a better writer. But you also agree that everyone wasn’t born a creative person, which means being creative is something many of us must learn.
The “creative confidence” will help you discern the principles of being creative, and the strategies associated with it. Guy Kawasaki, a marketing specialist, author of many best-selling books and “Silicon Valley,” venture capitalist said the following about this book:
“This is the only book about creativity that you’ll ever need.” — Guy Kawasaki.
Book for Blogger & Freelancer Writers (Copywriting & Make Money Blogging)
23: 7 Steps to Build a Full-Time Income Earning Blog – by Ryan Biddulph
In this book, Ryan explains in simple step-by-step how you can create a blog that earns you a full-time income. The step-by-step guide includes practical tips you can apply today and start seeing amazing results. This book will make your blogging life easy and help you improve your blogging income to become a successful blogger and world traveler like Ryan.
Get this ebook to realize your dreams.
24: Start & Run a Copywriting Business – by Steve Slaunwhite
There are varieties of freelance writing niches that can make you a household name. Copywriting, for instance, is a lucrative writing niche that is in high demand. This niche is helping copywriters make an income of 5 ~ 7 figures annually. Corporations, marketers, businesses, and agencies are continually seeking the services of copywriters more than ever before.
This book will help you learn all you need to know about the craft of copywriting, which includes but not limited to:
- Direct Mails
- Email Marketing
- Newsletters, etc.
25: Secrets of a Freelance Writer, Third Edition: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More – by Robert W. Bly
This edition of the secrets of a freelance writer will show you all there is to become a successful freelance copywriter. You will learn the secret techniques on how to make significant income annually by writing annual reports, catalogs, ads campaigns, newsletters, and all other copywriting pieces for businesses – big and small, including government agencies and NGOs.
“Secrets of a Freelance Writer” is the definitive guide to building a successful and lucrative freelance writing practice.” — Marya Jan
26: Secrets To Blogging Your Way To A Six-Figure Income – by Darren Rowse / Chris Garrett
Everybody in the blogging industry certainly knows professional bloggers Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett. These two professionals brought their expertise together and produced an epic book on blogging and making money blogging.
This book presents you with the secret techniques of blogging that will help you generate substantial Income from blogging, anything from 6-7 figures. It is a must-read for all writers.
27: How to Find Your Writing Voice – by Ryan Biddulph
If you’re struggling to find your writing voice, this book is for you. The author, my friend Ryan Biddulph of Blogging from Paradise shows you how to write better, sell more books and inspire more readers with his secret techniques.
You will discover practical steps he has been using over the years to become a successful writer, traveling the world. Who knows where he might be as you’re reading this article? Maybe somewhere in the tropics. As an Amazon bestseller with many years of writing experience, Ryan’s book will guide you to writing success.
He has already written 126 books. Have a look here and grab a copy.
Books for Bloggers (Social Media)
28: Maximize Your Social – by Neal Schaffer
Maximize Your Social is a social media strategy book that will enable you to create and maintain a successful social media master plan for your business. It is one of the best books for blogger and freelancers since it will enable you to maximize social media for your business.
The main reason many companies fail is that they do not have a sustainable social media strategy for their business, which includes not measuring the effectiveness of social media campaigns.
This book gives you a clear insight of what business owners need to do to set-up a social media strategy that will help you maximize your marketing efforts, such as monitoring what’s working for you across social media sites. Neal’s book covers all major social media platforms, including:
Thus, get your book, save yourself a ton of stress and learn easy steps to build a profitable social media strategy.
29: The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users –by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick
As a freelance writer and blogger, you need to be on various social media platforms and be active by spreading words about your writing. In this book, Guy and Peg show you correctly all you must know to get words about your writing out there.
The book will show you the best way to set your social media accounts, how best to post from your blog to reach a massive audience, etc.
30: How to Meet and Thrive on Twitter – by Lisa Sicard
Lisa’s book is a 31 pages Amazon Kindle eBook, packed with incredible tips and tricks that will help you to tweet more efficiently. From this book, you will learn such things as:
- How to engage with your followers and other Twitter users
- How to gain more followers
- Meet new people
- Generate leads and make sales.
Grab your copy and discover the best way to use Twitter to maximize your marketing campaigns.
31: Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales & Social Media Marketing – by Neal Schaffer
LinkedIn is the largest social media lead generation platform for B2B marketers. And if you’re not taking advantage of this it, you’re leaving money on the table. Neal’s free e-book is what you need to maximize your LinkedIn marketing campaign. Here’s what other experts are saying about this book;
Schaffer’s second book is a friendly, yet detailed, tutorial packed with gems of insight into LinkedIn functionality and etiquette… its everything managers and staffers need to start, plan, and implement a sales and marketing strategy using LinkedIn.”
This book is a practical guide that will help you create a sales-oriented LinkedIn profile and connections to attract more leads and become an industry leader.
32: Likeable Social Media – by Dave Kerpen
Social media plays an essential part in all aspects of businesses, including freelance writing and blogging. However, you agree that there’s a lot of books that deal on how to have a presence on various social media sites. And sometimes it can be overwhelming to pinpoint which of these books is best for you.
We’ve identified “Likeable Social Media” as one of the best books for bloggers that will help you create a strong presence on social media sites. It is an ultimate guide book that teaches you how to have a remarkable presence on different social media sites. It also shows you how to grow your writing business faster.
The book for bloggers shows you how to engage with your readers, customers, how to establish your brand, etc.
These are our top picks of the must-read books for bloggers and freelancers. Therefore, if you want to improve your skills as a blogger, freelance writer, copywriter, web developer, a designer, these books are what you need to become a success.
This article originally appeared at “The Writing Cooperative.”