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You won’t find a list of writing books that don’t include these. From fiction to non-fiction, we have our own well worn copies of these books that we keep close by.


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All in the Mind
By Jenny Twist
Reflected Echo
By Teresa Grabs
 
 
The Woman in White Marble
By Dale Rominger
Forever
By Bethany Martin
 

These independent authors have contributed to our blog or have collaborated with Cook Publishing. Most not only do great work themselves, they help others find their writing voice.


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This is a classic notebook carrier that I take into meetings and carry around daily. The raw leather looks good in blue jeans or a suit and fits in everywhere. The moleskin refillable pads work perfect. Pull the moleskin pad out, write the inclusive dates on it, and throw it in a file for later. This notebook is simple, flexible, and lays flat when you write.

It also comes from one of my favorite companies, Hide and Drink. Focused on fair wages and entrepreneurship in La Antigua, Guatemala, everything from this company is handmade and great.

I know, no one writes with a pencil any more, but if you do this one is for you. I’m an outliner and a planner, so I still love the option to erase. The steel barrel on this pencil is strong enough to write in any condition or perform your own cricothyrotomy. If you get one, get a few, everyone will want to steal it!

The great thing about being a writer is that you can do it while traveling (arguably better). We travel a lot, so a good bag is a must. There are a million great leather bags out there, but this one is my favorite and costs way less than most. The best part about it is that most of the pockets are zippered, so your iPhone, pens, change, or passport aren’t falling out of the pockets. The distressed leather only gets better with experience. It’s carried me around the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Caucasus region - I’m a huge fan.

I struggled with using my iPad on the road, typically opting to bring my laptop along as well to type. But this Slim Folio has changed that. They claim a four year battery life based on 2 hours per day. I don’t know about that, but after a year of use I haven’t had to replace the batteries.