Because we are so passionate about books, publishing, and the arts, we are proud to represent key titles about the creative process. These books will help you put your passion into print, provide you with writing exercises from the country's best MFA programs, and make you glad to create.


A Wide Range

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Allen Gannett

The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time

Crown Business

Here, big data entrepreneur and a member of Forbes’s “30 Under 30,” Allen Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius, and reveals the science behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field. As the world’s most creative people have discovered, we are enticed by the novel and the familiar. By understanding the mechanics of what Gannett calls “the creative curve” – the point of optimal tension between the novel and the familiar – everyone can better engineer mainstream success.

Alice LaPlante

Method and Madness

W.W. Norton

The famed Stanford University writing professor has written a guide to the craft of fiction that will be an invaluable resource for any writer at work on a novel. Comprehensive and accessible, it provides guidelines to all aspects of fiction writing, from generating ideas to getting published. As Lee K. Abbott, of Ohio State University, said, “Smart, patient, thorough, specific, practical and generous…Of its kind it is a jewel, rich with information and suggestion.”

Grant Faulkner

Pep Talks for Writers


Every writer knows that as rewarding as the creative process is, it can often be a bumpy road. Designed to kick-start creativity, this handsome handbook from the executive director of National Novel Writing Month gathers a wide range of insights and advice for writers at any stage of their career. From tips about how to finally start that story to helpful ideas about what to do when the words just aren't quite coming out right, Pep Talks for Writers provides motivation, encouragement, and helpful exercises for writers of all stripes.

Yasmine Surovec

The Cat Lady's Creative Journal

Andrews McMeel

From the creator of Cat vs. Human comes this adorable, clever journal for the cat lover in all of us. A cat-themed journal packed with humorous illustrations, doodle pages, activities, checklists, charts, and more. Charmingly illustrated with the whimsical art of Yasmine Surovec, The Cat Lady's Creative Journal is an irresistible gift for the cat lady in your life!

Chris Baty

No Plot? No Problem!

Chronicle Books

Chris Baty is the founder of NaNoWriMo, or "National Novel Writing Month," wherein participants aim to write a short novel during the 30 days of November.  Beginning in 1999 with 21 writers, NaNoWriMo now includes over 40,000 and is growing every year.  No Plot? No Problem! is the “uproariously funny motivational manifesto” (according to Library Journal) that grew out of this movement, and will inspire writers from the heralding you-can-do-it trumpet blasts of day one to the champagne toasts of day 30.  Recently revised, updated, and expanded.

Arielle Eckstut and David Sterry

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published


"I started with nothing but an idea, and then I bought this book...This little tome is the quiet secret of rock star authors," writes Timothy Ferris, author of the bestselling The 4-Hour Workweek.  Here's the best, most comprehensive book for writers, now updated completely to cover e-books, self-publishing, blogging, online marketing, and much, much more. Includes advice from top agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, and beloved authors like Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Seth Godin, and many others.