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.
#1• WordPress To Go
– by Sarah McHarry
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.
– by Susan Velez
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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– by Moira Anderson Allen
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.
- Technical 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
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
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.
– by Peter Bowerman
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
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.
– 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.
#9• 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 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.
– by Jonathan Gebauer and Susan Gebauer
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
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.
– 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 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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– by Marcie Hill
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.
– by Lorraine Reguly
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
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
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.
– by Regina Anaejionu
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!
– by Fabrizio Van Marciano
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.
#19• 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 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
– 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 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
- Email Marketing
- Newsletters, etc.
#22• Secrets of a Freelance Writer, Third Edition: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More
– by Robert W. Bly
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
– by Darren Rowse / Chris Garrett
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.
– 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 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
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.
– 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.
Go grab your copy and discover the best way to use Twitter to maximize your marketing campaigns.
– 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 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.
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
Moss 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.