Reading About Writing
What Editors Do: The Art, Craft & Business of Book Editing edited by Peter Ginna
What Editors Do:The Art, Craft & Business of Book Editing is one of my favorites partly because it features a piece by editor Chris Jackson called, "Widening the Gates: Why Publishing Needs Diversity". I highly recommend it! As a collection, What Editors Do explores the impact of editing and why it's important to writing. It also captures the essence of editors and their influence on publishing. If you're interested in learning about how stories get shared, this one's for you.
By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review edited by Pamela Paul
Do you love connecting with others? Well, By the Book has you covered. This read, an offshoot of the popular New York Times feature, is a place where “authors and other notable people discuss their lives as readers.” From Malcolm Gladwell to Elizabeth Gilbert, By the Book connects you to some of the world's most famous readers. Great for a lazy Sunday.
The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing edited by Marita Golden
“Without the ability to write a coherent outline of our desires, they remain wishful thinking.” - Marita Golden
Reading takes you away. Writing brings you back. The Word does both. Through interviews with J. California Cooper, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and other brilliant Black writers, The Word examines the importance of literacy and how it lends itself to the Black experience. If you're interested in learning about the "transformative power of reading and writing", check this book out.
Have you written anything lately? A tweet? An email? A love letter? Oooh. Well, if you need help writing anything, How to Write Anything helps you to write, well, anything. Become more clear, concise, and creative with this read! Your writing will thank you later.
Words for the Wedding: Creative Ideas for Personalizing Your Vows, Toasts, Invitations and More by Wendy Paris and Andrew Chesler