Bob Mayer's The Novel Writer's Toolkit is a nuts-and-bolts primer on how to conceive, plan, write, and get your book published. It's the result of two decades of writing effort by this best-selling author of science fiction, military, and political thrillers, and it continues to be a work-in-progress as Mayer every now and then updates it with new lessons he's learned.
Mayer, a West Point graduate and former Green Beret officer, approaches novel writing with the same minute attention to planning he might use in preparing a military operation. His book includes charts, diagrams, and spreadsheets he uses in plotting his novels which any author, aspiring or published, will also find useful.
In fact, I found I already use many of Mayer's suggestions, so for me, reading his book was mostly affirmation that I have learned the right lessons from my years of writing mistakes. For a new or aspiring writer, this book can save them from making the same mistakes so many of us make starting out. It's also a good reference to refer to whenever you get stuck on a writing project. Either way, Mayer's The Novel Writer's Toolkit should be in every author's toolbox.