The following references are given to help the student who is seeking a particular book that will help with some phase of business writing:

Recommended References (depending on your interest and need)

Alessandra, Tony, Ph.D., and Hunsaker, Phil, Ph.D. Communicating at Work.
New York: A Fireside Book, Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Angell, David, and Heslop, Brent. The Elements of E-Mail Style: Communicate
Effectively via Electronic Mail. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-
Wesley Publishing Company, 1994.

Ballenger, Bruce, and Lane, Barry. Discovering the Writer Within: 40 Days
to More Imaginative Writing. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer's Digest Books,

Beason, Pamela S., and Williams, Patricia A. Technical Writing for Business
and Industry. Glenview, Illinois: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1990.

Bell, Arthur H., and Kester, Cherie. Writing Effective Letters and Memos.
Hauppauge, New York: Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 1991.

Bell, Arthur H., and Wyse, Roger. The One-Minute Business Writer.
Homewood, Illinois: Dow-Jones Irwin, 1987.

Blake, Gary. Quick Tips for Better Business Writing. New York:
McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1995.

Booher, Dianna. Good Grief, Good Grammar: The Business Person's
Guide to Grammar and Usage. New York: Fawcett Crest, published
by Ballantine Books, 1988 (now in paperback).

Booher, Dianna, and Hill, Tom H. Writing for Technical Professionals.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1989.

Born, Roscoe C. The Suspended Sentence: A Guide for Writers.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1986.

Boylan, Bob. What's Your Point? The 3-Step Method for Making Effective
Presentations. Holbrook, Massachusetts: Adams Media Corporation, 2001.

Brill, Laura. Business Writing Quick & Easy. 2d ed. New York: AMACOM, 1989.

Brohaugh, William. Write Tight: How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused and Concise.
Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer's Digest Books, 1993.

Brown, Harry M. Business Report Writing. New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, 1980.

Brown, Helen Gurley. The Writer's Rules: The Power of Positive Prose--How to Create
and Get It Published. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1997.

Cameron, Julia. The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the
Writing Life. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, a member of Penguin Putnam, Inc.,

Casagrande, June. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun
and Spite. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.

Chan, Janis Fisher. E-Mail--A Write It Well Guide: How to Write and Manage E-mail in the
Workplace. Oakland, California: Write It Well (, October, 2005.

Cormier, Robin A. Error-Free Writing: A Lifetime Guide to Flawless Business Writing.
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1995.

Cross, Mary. Persuasive Business Writing: Creating Better Letters, Memos, Reports,
and More. New York: AMACOM, 1987.

Cypert, Samuel A. Writing Effective Letters, Memos, Proposals & Reports. Chicago:
Contemporary Books, Inc., 1983 (paper).

Danziger, Elizabeth. Get to the Point: Painless Advice for Writing Memos, Letters and
E-mails Your Colleagues and Clients Will Understand. New York: Three Rivers
Press, 2001.

Davidson, Wilma. Business Writing: What Works, What Won't. New York: St. Martin's
Press, 1994.

Dowis, Richard. How to Make Your Writing Reader-Friendly. White Hall, Virginia:
Betterway Publications, Inc., 1990.

Dupre, Lyn. BUGS in Writing: A Guide to Debugging Your Prose. Reading, Massachusetts:
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1995.

Easton, Thomas A. How to Write a Readable Business Report. Homewood, Illinois: Dow
Jones-Irwin, 1983.

Ferrara, Cosmo F. Writing on the Job: Quick, Practical Solutions to All Your
Business Writing Problems. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1995.

Fielden, John S., and Ronald E. Dulek. Bottom Line Business Writing. Englewood Cliffs,
New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1984 (paper).

_________. What Do You Mean I Can't Write ? Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1984

Fine, Edith H., and Judith P. Josephson. Nitty-Gritty Grammar: A Not-So-Serious Guide to
Clear Communication. Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press, 1998.

Fiske, Robert Hartwell. The Writer's Digest Dictionary of Concise Writing. Cincinnati, Ohio:
Writer's Digest Books, 1996.

Flesch, Rudolf. Rudolf Flesch on Business Communications: How to Say What You
Mean In Plain English. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1972 (paper).

Flynn, Nancy, and Kahn, Randolph. E-mail Rules: A Business Guide to Managing Policies,
Security, and Legal Issues, for E-mail and Digital Communications.
New York: AMACOM, American Management Association, 2003.

Frank, Steven. The Pen Commandments: A Guide for the Beginning Writer.
New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.

Frishman, Rick, and Jill Lublin. Networking Magic: Find the Best--from Doctors,
Lawyers, and Accountants to Homes, Schools, and Jobs.
Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media, 2004.

Graves, Robert, and Alan Hodge. The Use and Abuse of the English Language. 2d ed.
New York: Doubleday, 1990.

Hale, Constance. Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose. New York:
Broadway Books, 1999.

Hale, Constance, ed. and the Editors of Wired. Wired Style: Principles of English
Usage in the Digital Age. San Francisco: HardWired, 1996.

Henze, Geraldine. From Mark to Masterpiece. Homewood, Illinois: Richard D. Irwin, Inc.,
1984 (paper).

Hochheiser, R.M. Don't State It . . . Communicate It! How to Put Clout in Your Letters,
Memos, Reports, and Proposals. Woodbury, New York: Barron's Educational Series,
Inc., 1985 (paper).

Hodges, John C., Horner, Winifred Bryan, Webb, Suzanne Strobeck, and Miller, Robert Keith.
Harbrace College Handbook. 13th ed. revised. New York: Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1998.

Hoffman, Gary and Glynis. Adios, Strunk and White: A Handbook for the New Academic
Essay. 2d ed. Huntington, California: Verve Press, 1999.

Iacone, Salvatore J., Ph.D. Write to the Point: How to Communicate in
Business with Style and Purpose. Franklin Lakes, New Jersey: Career
Press, 2003.

Ivers, Mitchell, Managing Editor. The Random House Guide to Good Writing. New York:
Random House, 1991.

Jeary, Tony. Life Is a Series of Presentations: 8 Ways to Punch Up Your

People Skills at Work, at Home, Anytime, Anywhere. New York: a
Fireside Book published by Simon & Schuster, 2004.

King, Stephen. On Writing by Stephen King. New York: Scribner, 2000.

Lamphear, Lynn. Shortcuts to Effective On-the-Job Writing: How to Achieve an
Immediate Improvement in Your Business Letters, Memos and Reports.
Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1982.

Layton, Marcia. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Terrific Business Writing.
New York: Alpha Books, 1996.

Lederer, Richard. A Man of My Words: Reflections on the English Language.

New York: St. Martin's Press, 2003.

Lederer, Richard, and Richard Davis. Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay: Practical Advice for the
Gramatically Challenged. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.

Lindsell-Roberts, Sheryl. Writing Business Letters for Dummies. Foster City, California:
IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 1999.

Mailer, Norman. The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing. New York:
Random House, 2003.

Martin, Judith. Basic Training: Communication. New York: Crown
Publishers, Inc., 1997.

Matejka, Ken, and Ramos, Diane P. Hook 'Em: Speaking & Writing to Catch & Keep
a Business Audience. New York: AMACOM, 1996.

Minninger, Joan, Ph.D. The Perfect Letter. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Munter, Mary, and Lynne Russell. Guide to Presentations. Upper Saddle

River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002.

_________. The Perfect Memo. New York: Doubleday, 1990.

Neiditz, Minerva H. Business Writing at Its Best. Homewood, Illinois: Irwin Professional
Publishing, Richard D. Irwin, Inc., 1994.

Netzley, Michael, and Craig Snow. Guide to Report Writing. Upper Saddle

River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Newman, Edwin. Strictly Speaking and A Civil Tongue. New York: Warner Books,
Inc., 1974 and 1976 (paper). Combined volume called Edwin Newman
on Communications.

O'Conner, Patricia T. Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain
English. New York: Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,
1996, 2003.

_________. Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing.
New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999.

O'Conner, Patricia T., and Stewart Kellerman. You Send Me: Getting It Right
Online. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2003.

Palumbo, Dennis. Writing from the Inside Out: Transforming Your Psychological
Blocks to Release the Writer Within. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000.

Piotrowski, Maryann V. Re:Writing: Strategies and Suggestions for Improving Your
Business Writing. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1989.

Poor, Edith. The Executive Writer: A Guide to Managing Words, Ideas and People. New
York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1992.

Price, Jonathan. Put That in Writing: Business Communication That Says What You
Mean, Makes Things Happen, and Gets You Promoted. New York: Penguin
Books, 1984 (paper).

Provost, Gary. Make Every Word Count: A Guide to Writing That Works-for Fiction and
Nonfiction. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer's Digest Books, 1980 (paper).

Reimold, Cheryl. How to Write a Million Dollar Memo. New York: A Dell Trade
Paperback, 1984.

Ricks, Don M. Winning the Paper Wars: Manage Your Way to Good Writing. Homewood:
Dow Jones-Irwin, 1990.

Roddick, Hawley. Business Writing Makeovers: Shortcut Solutions to Improve Your
Letters, E-mails,and Faxes. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media Corporation,

Rotondo, Jennifer, and Mike Rotondo. Presentation Skills for Managers. New York:
McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Safire, William. FumbleRules: A Lighthearted Guide to Grammar and Good Usage.
New York: Doubleday, 1990.

Schwarz, Haller. How to Look Good on Paper: The Business Professional's Guide to
Better Writing Letters, Memos, and Reports. New York: Perigee Books, The Putnam
Publishing Group, 1988, also c1979 (paper).

Sharp, Caroline. The Writer's Workbook: Daily Exercises for the Writing Life.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Sparks, Suzanne. The Manager's Guide to Business Writing. New York:
McGraw-Hill, 1999.

Stoddard, Alexandra. Gift of a Letter. New York: Doubleday, 1990.

Strunk, William, Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. 3d ed. New York:
Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1979 (paper and also on the Web).

Stuckey, Marty. The Basics of Business Writing. New York: American Management
Association, The WorkSmart Series, 1992.

Thomsett, Michael C. The Little Black Book of Business Letters. New York:
AMACOM, 1988.

_________. The Little Black Book of Business Reports. New York: AMACOM,

_________. The Little Black Book of Business Statistics. New York: AMACOM,

Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.
New York: Gotham Books, 2003.

Turabian, Kate L. Revised and Expanded by Bonnie Birtwistle Honigsblum. A
Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 6th ed.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Walsh, Bill. Lapsing into a Comma: A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can
Go Wrong in Print--and How to Avoid Them. Chicago: Contemporary Books,
_________. The Elephants of Style: A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and
Gray Areas of Contemporary American English. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Weiss, Allen. Write What You Mean: A Handbook of Business Communication.
New York: Executive Books, AMACOM, 1977 (paper).

Weiss, Donald. How to Write Easily and Effectively. New York: AMACOM, 1986.

Westheimer, Patricia H. Power Writing for Executive Women. Glenview, Illinois:
Scott, Foresman and Company, 1989.

_________. The Perfect Memo. Glenview: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1988.

Westheimer, Patricia H., and Vicki Townsend Gibbs. How to Write Like an Executive.
Glenview: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1989.

Westheimer, Patricia H., and Robert B. Nelson. The Perfect Letter. Glenview:
Scott, Foresman and Company, 1990.

Westheimer, Patricia, and Julie Wheatcroft. Grammar for Business. Glenview, Illinois:
Scott, Foresman and Company, 1990.

Wienbroer, Diana Roberts, Hughes, Elaine, and Silverman, Jay. Rules of Thumb for
Business Writers. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Williams, David R., Ph.D. Sin Boldly!: Dr. Dave's Guide to Writing the College Paper.
New York: Basic Books, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2004.

Williams, Joseph M. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace. New York:
Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 2003.

Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times. New York: Times Books,
Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2001.

Writing Skills. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 2002

Zelazny, Gene. Say It with Charts: The Executive's Guide to Visual Communication. 3d
ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996.

Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction. 4th ed.
Revised, Updated and Expanded. New York: Harper Perennial, A Division of Harper
Collins Publishers, 1990.

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