25+ Amazing Books Every Blogger and Freelance Writer Must Read

25+ Amazing Books Every Blogger and Freelance Writer Must Read

Books every blogger and freelance writer must read

Are you a freelance writer or blogger who’ve been in the writing business for many years, or perhaps you’re just starting out?

You know for a fact that to become a better writer you need to read a lot, and write often.

But as you search for articles and topics to write about, you realize your passion for writing has decreased, making you want to give up your precious writing career.

Sometimes you find yourself lost along the way – not having the willpower or motivation, and the inspiration you need to keep writing.

I get it, you’re not alone in this. I know exactly where you’re coming from because I have been there.

However, does the fact that you should read a lot mean you should read just any book or article you can lay your hands on?

On the contrary, you must try to read the best books that will add value to your writing and help you become a successful blogger.

Here, my team and I have put together a collection of incomparable books to help you take your freelance writing and blogging career to the next height.

In this article, you will find more than 25 remarkable books every freelance writer and blogger must read to become a better writer and earn more money.

For beginners

#1• WordPress To Go

– by Sarah McHarry

must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

WordPress for me is the best blogging platform ever. Even though being the best, many especially newbie bloggers are finding it difficult to navigate or find their way around.

Thus, they turn to WordPress alternatives. However, there is good news for you.

Sarah Harry’s book mentioned above is packed with the best tips that’ll help you start your WordPress website from scratch.

#2• Jump Start WordPress

– by Susan Velez

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

Setting up a WordPress blog or website is not all to WordPress, there is more involved.

Jumpstart WordPress will take the guesswork and teach you how to best setup your WordPress website from start to finish in 2018.

These include installing and configuring the best WordPress plugins, customization, Google search console, Google analytics, etc.

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Freelance Writing

#3• Starting Your Career As a Freelance Writer (Second Edition)

– by Moira Anderson Allen

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

Starting your career as a freelance writer is an amazing 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 the strategies and tools you need to become a successful freelance writer and start making money from your writing.

It has a new section on the “online writer,” which discusses issues such as: how to set up your own website, how to take part and engage in social media platforms for maximum results, and so on.

There are new chapters that have been added as well, which gives guidance on many writing possibilities.

These includes:

  • Copy-editing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Technical writing
  • Speech-writing
  • And how to write for international markets.

#4• The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success

– by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

This book by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell will teach you the tips and tricks of some successful writers that will help you become a better and successful writer.

It also demonstrates how to break the “rules” of writing in a unique way that will help you beat your competitors and lead to a successful writing career.

For magazines & publications

#5• Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing assignments

– by Jenna Glatzer

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

From this book, you will learn first-hand step-by-step guide how to write for magazines and publications and make lots of money.

It shows you how to build relationships with top brand editors, what top publications and magazines want from you as a writer, and how to find 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, and so much more, including the best part – how to become an expert and authority in your niche.

#6• The Well-Fed Writer 

– by Peter Bowerman

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

This book by Peter Bowerman is breathtaking. I really love the style of writing which includes many case studies of other successful freelance writers.

This book will help you start your freelance writing business off to a good start. You will also discover how to protect your writing business.

In fact, this book is a must read because it’s packed with lots of information that will help you on your writing journey.

For Content Creation

#7• 21 Proven Ways to Create Compelling Content and Kiss Writer’s Block Goodbye: Volume 2 

– by Danny Iny, Jim Hopkinson, and Alexis Rodrigo

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

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’re out of ideas to write about.

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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 motivates you to keep writing.

#8. How To Write Great Blog Posts That Engage Readers

– by Steve Scott

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

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.

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The result, you will be able to write great content that not only engages your readers but will make them loyal subscribers.

#9• The Content Code: Six essential strategies to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business 

– by Mark Schaefer

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

Mark Schaefer is an award-winning business writer. I have followed 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 beat the content shock.

You will also learn all about content distribution, branding, brand development, content production, etc.

#10• Write. Publish. Grow. The Ultimate Guide To Guest Blogging

– by Jonathan Gebauer and Susan Gebauer

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

In the blogging sphere, guest blogging is the best way to make your voice heard. It gives you the opportunity to set up yourself as an expert and authority in your niche.

This book by Jonathan Gebauer and Susanne Gebauer was written 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.

#11• Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content 

– by Ann Handley

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

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 just start writing and keep flowing with the rhythm, many others learned to write the hard way.

I remember when I started, reading every article about the craft of writing, blogging and freelance writing.

I wrote some amazing articles but wasn’t confident enough to hit publish because I was afraid my writing 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 consistently create terrific content.

#12• An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog

– by Janice Wald

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

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 increase your content’s visibility significantly.

Here is what people are saying about Janice’s 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! GET IT TODAY!!

~ Melinda Mitchell

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#13• 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block

– by Marcie Hill

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

Marcie’s book is for everyone, bloggers, non-bloggers, content marketers, etc. The suggestions and tips in this book will help you keep writers’ block away and become more creative in whatever field you’re in.

Blog content writing, videos, audio content, etc, this book got you covered because it will help you create amazing content that engages your readers to make them keep coming for more.

Did I mention that this book will also help to enhance your tech skills? Yes, it certainly will.

#14• 20 Blog Post Must-Haves

– by Lorraine Reguly

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

Lorraine’s book is designed to help both newbie and pro-bloggers take their writing skills to the next height.

Understandably, many articles have already been written on this subject, but you agree that those articles do not offer the core elements of a remarkable blog content.

That is where the “20 Blog Post Must-Haves” comes to play. This book provides you with the must-have elements of a successful blog post.

From this book, you’ll learn the best tips that will help you to consistently create amazing blog posts.

Plus, there is a bonus printable checklist for you, and a resource for bloggers on WordPress.

Interestingly, the book is FREE! Go get your free copy Now!

For inspiration, productivity, and staying organized

#15• The 4 Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

– by Tim Ferris

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

As mentioned at the outset of this article, sometimes you lost the motivation and inspiration 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.

From this book, you will discover how to be organized and stay focused on the more important things. It will also motivate you beyond imagination.

#16• Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. 

– by Lara Casey

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

Make it happen by Lara Casey is a combination of both personal story and self-help.

It is designed to take your fears away and inspire you to take the leap forward on your journey 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 certainly give you the boost you need to make it happen.

#17• EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Planner

– by Regina Anaejionu

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

Another ideal book by Regina Anaejionu. This book is truly epic and stands by its name.

This 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!

#18. Ultimate Blog Planner

– by Fabrizio Van Marciano

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

This book by my friend Fabrizio is a PDF template workbook 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 plan and manage your work, thus, grow your blogging business significantly, the ultimate blog Planner is a must read.

For Creativity

#19• Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All 

– by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

We all know that creativity is one of the best qualities every writer needs to have 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.

For copywriting & Make Money Blogging

#20• Start & Run a Copywriting Business

– by Steve Slaunwhite

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

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 constantly 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
  • Brochures
  • Ads
  • Email Marketing
  • Newsletters, etc.

#21• 10 Tips to become a smarter and richer blogger

 – by Ryan Biddulph
Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers
The “10 Tips to Be a Smarter (and Richer) Blogger” is a Kindle edition that is easy to read, understand, and implement.
In this book, Ryan literally holds you by the hand and walk you through blogging best practices.
So,  instead of doing some silly blogging practices, you will learn how to revamp your blogging business and become successful.
He shows you the best tips and tricks that will help you become a smarter blogger and financially free.

#22• Secrets of a Freelance Writer, Third Edition: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More

by Robert W. Bly

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

This edition of 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 stuff 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

#23• Secrets To Blogging Your Way To A Six-Figure Income

– by Darren Rowse / Chris Garrett

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

Everybody in the blogging industry certainly knows professional bloggers Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett.

These 2 professionals brought their expertise together and produce 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 definitely a must-read for all writers.

#24• How to Find Your Writing Voice

– by Ryan Biddulph

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

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 used 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.

In fact, he has already written 126 books on a variety of topics about how to improve your blogging and become successful. Check them out here and grab a copy.

For Social Media

 #25•  The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users

– by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

As a freelance writer and blogger, you definitely 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 exactly all you must know to get words about your writing out there.

The book will show you the best way to set up your social media accounts, how best to post on your blog to reach a wider audience, etc.

#26• How to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter

– by Lisa Sicard

Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

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.

Go grab your copy and discover the best way to use Twitter to maximize your marketing campaigns.

#27• Likeable Social Media 

– by Dave Kerpen

 Must read books for bloggers and freelance writers

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 with 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.

Having said that, we’ve identified “Likeable Social Media” as one of the best books that will help you create a strong presence on social media sites.

It is an ultimate guidebook that will teach you how to have a remarkable presence on different social media sites and grow your writing business.

It shows you how to engage with your readers, customers, how to establish your brand, and etc.

25 books every blogger and freelance writer must read

Wrapping Up

These 25+ books are not all there is to the best books for freelance writers and bloggers.

There are much more available that will help you become a better writer and earn incredible income.

However, the ones listed here are the ones that have really help me a lot in terms of motivation, writer’s block, Inspiration, etc.

Which ones did I miss that has affected you the most? Your comments are most welcome.


This article originally appeared on “The Writing Cooperative.”  

About the author

About the AuthorMoss Clement is a blogger, digital marketing freelance writer, social media & content marketer who is helping people and businesses generate leads, increase engagement, and grow their business by delivering consistent high-quality content. He is also helping newbie bloggers improve their writing skills by offering the best blogging & content writing tips, and resources.

Connect with me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.


32 thoughts on “25+ Amazing Books Every Blogger and Freelance Writer Must Read

  1. Hi Moss,

    Great collection of books for anyone who wants to improve their blog and their writing. I love reading books that will help me improve my business.

    There are a few books on this list that I hadn’t heard of. Maybe I’ll have to check them out one weekend when I have some spare time.

    Thanks for including my eBook on the list. I totally appreciate it and am honored to be featured on your blog.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


    1. Hi Susan,
      You’re most welcome my friend. It is my pleasure to add you to the list of the best books every blogger and freelance writer must read.
      You have always provided great tips and solutions to reader.
      Adding your book is just a step forward.

      Thanks a lot for coming by!

  2. Hi Moss,
    I’m beyond thrilled! Thank you for including my blogging tips ebook! I’m seriously flattered! I shared your post on my social media and I’ll be linking to your post this Monday.

    1. Hi Janice,
      It gives me joy to offer support where I possibly can. Your tips are always fascinating, and with collection of articles put together as a book, the info are remarkably incredible.

      It is a must share for others to learn from.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thanks for the shoutout Moss! REALLY appreciate it buddy. Janice, Darren and the rest offer some real gems here, all shared through your generosity. Guys; listen up. You have decades of blogging experience speaking through these reads. Gobble ’em up, study, enjoy and use what you learned to succeed.


    1. Hi Ryan,
      You’ve been an inspiration to me and many others as well. Helping others find your books and sharing your content is my little way of saying, “thanks for being such a great friend.”

      You’re most welcome Ryan!

  4. Moss, thank you so much for including me in this list. I am so honored to be included with these awesome authors and bloggers.
    I’ve read many of Ryan’s books but not the particular one you mention here. I may have to add it my collection.
    The 4 hour workweek looks like another one I’d love to read.
    Thank you Moss and have a great day!

    1. Hi Lisa,
      It is nice to have you here. You’re most welcome my friend. You have always provided readers with great information that are easy to implement. Many view Twitter from a different perspective, thinking that Twitter is not for them. But with your book on how to tweet and thrive on Twitter, anyone who reads it we definitely make the most of Twitter.

      Thanks a lot Lisa!

    1. Hi Siddharth,
      It is a pleasant to have to here. Yes, the lists of books in this article are a must read if you want to scale your blogging and freelance writing business.

      I’m so glad you like it. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope to see you more often!

  5. Not a bad list, but you missed a good one. It’s titled 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block by Marcie Hill. There’s also an additional workbook to help those who need it to plan what they’re going to write. Check it out!

    1. Hi Mitch,
      Thanks a lot for your contribution to the best books for bloggers and freelance writers. Marcie is an amazing writer, I’ll check it and add it up to the list.

      I appreciate your stopping by Mitch. Hope to see you pretty soon!

  6. Hi Moss,
    What a great collection of books you have here! Of course I love the ones from my buddies: Ryan, Lisa and Susan. Knowing them for a while I can say that they all give their very best whenever they put out any kind of content.
    “The Four Hour Work Week” has helped me gain more focus and organization. As for the others, I need to catch up lol.


    1. Hi Donna,
      I am so glad that you like the list of books in this post. Yes, Lisa, Susan, and Ryan are doing great with content creation which is why their books made the list respectively.

      And the 4 hour work week, that’s a must read.

      Thank you so much Donna, I really appreciate it.

    1. Hi Monika,
      It is great to have you here, and I’m happy you like the list of books in this article. Please, by clicking on the link on each of your desired books, you will be taken to a page that gives you details on how to get your book. Best of luck, and please, feel free to contact me it you have any issues.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Hi Marcie,
    You’re most welcome my friend. Your book is packed with valuable information that will help many bloggers, newbies and pro-bloggers as well.

    In fact, when I wrote this article I didn’t remember your book until Mitch Mitchell came by and suggested I include it.

    Thanks for writing such a remarkable book, and thanks so much for stopping by.

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      Yes, it is a great list of books. Reading these books has been a blessing in that, I have been able to learn new tips and tricks in blogging.

      Regarding reading them all, at the time I last edited this article, I only had 2 more books to complete, yours included.

      Thanks so much for coming by. Well appreciated!

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