Things to read when you are learning to write:
- Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott. Buy this book now. You can try to wheedle a copy out of another writer, but I guarantee they won't give it up.
- On Writing, by Stephen King. Most of it is autobiographical, but several people swear by it so I stuck it on this list.
- In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop, by Steve Kowitt. Read this if you're into poetry.
- The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. & E. B. White. Classic. Goes without saying.
- Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. This saved my latest novel.
Things to read if you want to go indie:
- Becoming an Indie Author, by Zoe Winters.
- J.A. Konrath's blog: jakonrath.blogspot.com. He writes a lot about self-publishing.