If I can work out how to do it I'll make this a sticky page at the top of my blog.
There are dozens of 'how to write' books out there - here are a few I recommend for writers of women's magazine fiction. I own and have read most of these.
How to Write and Sell Short Stories by Della Galton
Does exactly what it says on the tin. If you're aiming at the womags then this is definitely the first book you should buy. Easy to read, no nonsense style, lots of quotes by women's magazine writers - read the book to join the club!
Wannabe a Writer? by Jane Wenham-Jones
Well, do you? Jane will tell you how to become one, and she'll make you laugh as she does so. A really great read.
Wannabe a Writer we've heard of? by Jane Wenham-Jones
The sequel. These days, getting published is not enough. Then you've got to get out there and market yourself. Jane tells you how, in her inimitable style.
Write On! The Writer's Help Book by Adrian Magson
Presented as a series of articles on all aspects of writing, from finding an idea to finding a market, this book is sure to inspire you. If you're a beginner writer this one's a must. If you're a jaded old hack, this book will revitalise you.
Write to be Published by Nicola Morgan
This one's more for novelists than short story writers, but if you want to know how best to approach agents and publishers then this one's for you. The first half of the book covers making your book the very best it can be; the second half covers sending your book out there into the big wide world.
Writing from Life by Lynne Hackles
Write what you know, they say. Well the thing you know best is your own life - Lynne tells you how to turn your own experiences into profitable prose, both fiction and non-fiction. This book is packed with writing exercises guaranteed to get you going.
Love Writing by Sue Moorcroft
A complete guide to writing romantic or erotic fiction, from chick-lit novels to womag stories via pocket novels and serials. Sue has published hundreds of stories and several novels, as well as being a writing tutor, so she knows what she's talking about.
A 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance by Kate Walker
Kate writes several romantic novels every year for Mills and Boon, so she's got the art down to a fine tee. Or a fine 12 points. She makes it all sound so easy. Follow her advice, and maybe you'll find it is!
Diamonds and Pearls, edited by Elaine Everest
And finally, study the market, say all the writing tutors. If you're targetting women's magazine fiction, what better way than to read a collection of stories by the best women's mag writers around? Proceeds from sales of this book go to a breast cancer charity.
Gosh, don't they all look pretty? And have you any idea how long it has taken me to put this post together?!?!