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The editing and writing staff members at Midnight Publishing are constantly trying to better our crafts, and want to see that happen for our author clients as well. As you might’ve known already, one of the best ways to learn about different writing styles (and practice emulating them as you hone your own author voice!) is by reading a lot, and in a variety of genres. Oftentimes a workshop or a writing class can get you started on the right path to grow as an author, offering valuable advice on your current strengths and areas to improve upon. But as you continue to whittle away at your own manuscripts, it’s important to continuously explore and study other styles and successful works to expand your writing horizons.

Midnight Publishing is an editing company based out of Phoenix, Arizona, and we’ve worked with writing clients around the country and internationally to assist in all manners of the writing and publication journey, from organizing your book’s outline at the very beginning to a final proofread before self-publishing or querying agents, Midnight Publishing’s editors and ghostwriters are here to help you in any way we can. Contact us today to discuss receiving a free editing sample of your first 1,000 words, and to tell us about your project.

In the meantime, the Midnight Publishing staff put our heads together to talk about some of our favorite book titles in all major genres, ranging from writing advice and literary fiction to fantasy and short stories. Below are Midnight Publishing’s top recommendations, and ones we hope you’ll consider checking out:

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Writing Advice

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Long Story Short by Margot Leitman


The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Classic Literature

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Unique Fiction

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham

Science Fiction

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick

Short Stories

Ligeia and The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allen Poe

Rappaccini’s Daughter and The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The Big Money by John Dos Passos


The Shining by Stephen King

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Looking for additional resources as you pursue your self-publishing, traditional, or hybrid publishing career? Midnight Publishing has a blog on all manners of topics regarding writing, editing, marketing, local Phoenix writers’ events, and more. Read about how to host the perfect book signing here, check out the pros and cons of author blogging here, find out how to keep the interest of millennials with your books and online author platform here, and tons more!

Midnight Publishing is the top choice for book editing, book writing, and marketing assistance in Phoenix, Arizona and internationally. Allow us to guide you and your author aspirations in a successful direction—our award-winning staff of editors and writers has been trusted with over five million words since we opened our doors. Contact us today to find out why!