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Writer's Library

Vigilant Books rents writer's handbooks for $2/week. Read below to find out why and how. We also provide information of interest to writers and those considering self-publishing - see materials on this page.

I am a writer, having written five science books, a monthly column for a national astronomy magazine (for 20 years), a daily blog about the Moon (11 years), and more than 200 scientific articles. But writing fiction is much harder even though I can invent every character, event and spoken word. 

I wrote a 36 page historical short story about the 188 year old house we live in and its builder. Buoyed by the pleasure of that project I have written two historical mysteries set in Wheeling, Virginia in 1850 and 1853. I am half way through the third story, set in 1855 and plan on continuing through the Civil War when Wheeling is the capital of the new state of West Virginia. Momentous times, and lots of things to write about.

But my books haven't found a publisher yet. So I buy and read books about how to become a better writer and how to get published. These books all have some good parts but I don't know that I needed to buy all of them. Nor do you.

About Me
Rent a Writing Book

Vigilant Books has 20ish books about writing and publishing for you to rent @ $2/week. If not returned undamaged within two weeks you will be the book's proud new owner (and will be charged the full replacement cost)!

Here are some of the books currently available and a view of the whole stack:

Writing Mysteries

Edited by Sue Grafton


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