Top 10 Best Business Letter Books: Must-Read

Best Business Letter Books

Alan Bond

Business correspondence has an essential place in today’s business, financial, and marketing worlds, and this heavily revised and updated book shows how to set up correct formats for business letters of many different kinds, including letters of inquiry, credit letters, collection letters, congratulatory letters, business announcements, invitations to business functions, and others.

A wealth of new material in this edition covers virtually all varieties of electronic communication, including business e-mail, job application and résumé samples, and information on networking and corresponding via the Internet as a means of seeking new career opportunities.

This new edition has been given a brand-new graphic design, includes a new section on e-mail etiquette, and features improved and appealing page layouts that are more useful than ever.

by Corey Sandler

We live in a world of instant and constant communication, yet business still demands that we choose our words carefully and express ourselves clearly. Whether you’re sending a quick IM or a formal proposal, 1001 Business Letters for All Occasions ensures that you’ll convey your message effectively.

Inside you’ll find proven templates and model letters for every type of business situation–and text format–including:

  • Sales pitches that land the account
  • Press releases to guarantee you media coverage
  • Customer service letters that build customer trust and loyalty
  • Collection requests to ensure prompt payment
  • Internal corporate memos to update employees on important changes
  • Email, text messaging, and instant messaging protocols that save time and resources

Whether communicating with internal staff or corresponding with customers and clients, it’s never been easier to write the perfect business letter.

by Natalie Canavor

Business Writing Today prepares students to succeed in the business world by giving them the tools they need to write powerfully, no matter the challenge. In her highly-practical text, author Natalie Canavor shares step-by-step guidance and tips for success to help students write more clearly and strategically. Readers will learn what to say and how to say it in any medium from tweets and emails to proposals and formal reports. Every technique comes with concrete examples and practice opportunities, helping students transfer their writing skills to the workplace.

New to This Edition

  • Updated with new examples, success tips, resources, and expanded material on subjects that relate to students’ most pressing interests and reflect current directions of professional communication. 
  • New and expanded coverage of important topics like networking, storytelling, creating a positive online presence, and visually-based media.
  • New and updated good and not-so-good writing samples throughout the book show readers where and what to revise. 
  • A reorganized and streamlined table of contents is now organized into four major parts, moving from basics into more advanced topics. 
  • Nine new “Views From the Field” include advice on networking, building rapport, and creating personal introduction videos.
  • A new chapter on editing includes practical strategies for improving drafts and fixing common writing issues. 
  • A greater emphasis on strategic thinking and problem-solving helps students develop their insight into the perspectives of others so they are better able to represent their own interests and contribute more on the job.
  • This edition more closely connects writing skills with oral communication, relationship-building, a strategic online presence, and students’ hopes to become valued employees, leaders, and entrepreneurs.
  • A new appendix includes new writing activities, new assignments, and cheat sheets for students, making this the most applied edition yet. 

by Jeffrey L. Seglin and Edward Coleman

Though the fundamentals of letter writing have remained the same, the way we communicate in business is constantly evolving. With the understanding that consistently professional correspondence is essential to success in any industry, The AMA Handbook of Business Letters offers readers a refresher course in letter-writing basics–including focusing the message, establishing an appropriate tone, and getting your readers’ attention. You’ll also receive tips that apply to all written forms of communication on things like salutations, subject lines, signatures, and formatting. Jeffrey Seglin, communications director and professor of Harvard University’s graduate and professional school, and author Edward Coleman provide over 370 customizable model letters, divided into categories reflecting various aspects of business such as sales, marketing, public relations, customer service, human resources, credit and collection, purchasing, permissions, and confirmations.With helpful appendices listing common mistakes in grammar, word usage, and punctuation, the latest version of this adaptable book–extensively updated with more than 25 percent new material–will assist professionals through every conceivable business correspondence with confidence.

by Steve Anderson and Karen Anderson

Amazon is the fastest company ever to reach $100 billion in sales and they didn’t reach that landmark by staying in their comfort zone. Risk taking is the key that unlocked the door to growth at Amazon, but those risks were (and are) intentional, calculated, and strategic. Thomas Edison believed, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” and Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, has always linked experimentation and failure with growth and success.

But “risk taking” can be costly (even disastrous) if you don’t know how to use it to your advantage. Fortunately, Bezos has provided every business owner a “hidden in plain sight” roadmap for how he grew Amazon through his Letter to Shareholders (or as he named them, share owners) that he has written annually for the past 20 years.

For the first time, Technology and Risk expert Steve Anderson has analyzed and distilled these letters to reveal the key 14 Growth Principles that unlock the lessons, mindset, and steps Bezos has used to make Amazon the massive success it is today.

Now, business owners, leaders, CEOs, employees, and managers can apply these same principles to grow their business to be more efficient, productive, and successful―fast!

by Marc Roche

Business English Business English Writing Masterclass: How to Communicate Effectively & Communicate with Confidence: How to Write Emails, Business Letters & Business Reports provides a structured framework under which business students, business professionals, entrepreneurs and other professionals can significantly improve their writing skills. You will be taken through the main vocabulary and grammar structures in business writing, and you’ll be allowed to practise them through highly targeted activities, which aim to develop, not only your Business English skills, but also your confidence and overall competence within business settings. The last section of this book, contains an amazing selection of business email and letter templates to guide you through writing letters, reports and many other documents. It will be an invaluable resource for your studies and career in business.