Top 10 Best Business Writing Books: Must-Read

Best Business Writing Books

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.

by Kenneth Roman and Joel Raphaelson

The classic guide that helps you communicate your thoughts clearly, concisely, and effectively. Essential for every professional, from entry level to the executive suite, Writing that Works includes advice on all aspects of written communication—including business memos, letters, reports, speeches and resumes, and e-mail—and offers insights into political correctness and tips for using non-biased language that won’t compromise your message.

Concise and easy-to-use, Writing that Works features an accessible, at-a-glance style, full of bulleted “tips” and specific examples of good vs. bad writing.

With dozens of samples and useful tips for composition, Writing That Works will show you how to improve anything you write:

  • E-mails, memos and letters that get read—and get action
  • Proposals, recommendations, and presentations that sell ideas
  • Plans and reports that get things done
  • Fund-raising and sales letters that produce results
  • Resumes and letters that lead to interviews
  • Speeches that make a point

by Wilma Davidson and Janet Emig

First published by Griffin in 1994, Wilma Davidson’s clear, practical guide to business writing has established itself as a steady seller and an excellent primer for anyone who writes on the job. Newly revised to cover e-mail, texts, and the latest word social media technology, the book uses examples, charts, cartoons, and anecdotes to illustrate what makes memos, business letters, reports, selling copy, and other types of business writing work.

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.

by Shelle Rose Charvet

Learn how to use the right words with the right people, and get through the “Communication Wall”

Have you ever felt like you were talking to a wall? Well, that’s a very accurate description of what’s happening when 2 people are communicating! Everyone has a metaphorical “Communication Wall” around them to protect them from “bad people”. But in all of our walls, we have left some bricks out, to let the “good people” communicate with us.

The problem in communication is not the wall, because the wall is standard equipment that everyone has. The problem comes from the holes where the bricks have been left out. The holes come in specific shapes, unique to each person.

And if you want to communicate with that person, you need to use words, and behavior that fit exactly with the holes in the other person’s wall.

Shelle Rose Charvet, best-selling author of Words That Change Minds shows you how to match your language to people around you (in your work, with your colleagues, your boss and your clients, and at home, with your partner, family and other relationships).

by Paul MacRae

Straightforward, practical, and focused on realistic examples, Business and Professional Writing: A Basic Guide is an introduction to the fundamentals of professional writing. The book emphasizes clarity, conciseness, and plain language. Guidelines and templates for business correspondence, formal and informal reports, brochures and press releases, and oral presentations are included.

Exercises guide readers through the process of creating and revising each genre, and helpful tips, reminders, and suggested resources beyond the book are provided throughout. The second edition includes new sections on information security and ethics in business writing. New formal proposal examples have been added, and the text has been updated throughout.

by Natalie Canavor

Business writing that gets results

The ability to write well is a key part of your professional success. From reports and presentations to emails and Facebook posts, whether you’re a marketer, customer service rep, or manager, being able to write clearly and for the right audience is critical to moving your business forward. The techniques covered in this new edition of Business Writing For Dummies will arm you with the skills you need to write better business communications that inform, persuade, and win business.

How many pieces of paper land on your desk each day, or emails in your inbox? Your readers–the people you communicate with at work–are no different. So how can you make your communications stand out and get the job done? From crafting a short and sweet email to bidding for a crucial project, Business Writing For Dummies gives you everything you need to achieve high-impact business writing.

  • Draft reports, proposals, emails, blog posts, and more
  • Employ editing techniques to help you craft the perfect messages
  • Adapt your writing style for digital media
  • Advance your career with great writing

by Jack E. Appleman

In Today’s Business World, You Are What You Write

Good writing can launch a career. It has the power to break through clutter and capture readers’ imaginations. And good writing is not just a skill that marketers must master. Most workplace communication takes written form, and with the rising number of communication channels—social media, instant messaging, blogs—we’re writing more and faster than ever.

With new chapters on electronic communication, 10 Steps to Successful Business Writing is your guide to capturing readers’ attention and imagination. Writing instructor and coach, Jack Appleman uses examples and exercises to help you write with clarity and confidence. This updated edition covers the essentials of how to organize your text to hold your readers’ attention; edit yourself for grammar, tone, and excess words; and master the documents for any workplace situation.

It doesn’t matter if you’re drafting a business plan, an email, or a Facebook post. Forget the shorthand, drop the exclamation points, and ditch the emojis. Learn to create concise, persuasive, and powerful text with 10 Steps to Successful Business Writing.

by Mish Slade

May I Have Your Attention, Please? lays out 12 simple principles that allow business owners – even those with no writing experience – to attract and enchant their dream customers. With clear and concise explanations of what works and why, and examples of the best and worst text out there, you’ll have all the tools you need to turn readers into buyers into raving fans.

Give your writing skills an instant upgrade

In this short book, you’ll learn:

  • Simple techniques to turn your dull-as-dishwater business marketing into “can’t resist” copy – even if you don’t think of yourself as a “good writer.”
  • How to make price irrelevant and be the only choice for your ideal customer – by changing nothing except your copywriting.
  • The business writing “rules” you should revel in breaking.
  • Why copying your competitors is a dangerous waste of time… and what to do instead (without spending hours searching for ideas).
  • The easily avoidable mistakes that are turning your customers off – even if they don’t know it.
  • A simple framework to help you blast through writer’s block and know exactly what to say in any piece of writing.
  • How to “read your customers’ minds,” and get them looking for reasons to buy from you.

by Inc. The Staff of Entrepreneur Media and Laura Pennington Briggs

Write Your Own Success Story

Breaking into freelance writing has gotten much easier for word-savvy entrepreneurs like you. But even in the golden age of content creation, you still need to know what it takes to launch and consistently pitch your services so you can grow and scale your freelance writing side hustle into a full-fledged career you really love.

Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business is an easy-to-understand, introductory, and nontechnical approach to the world of freelance writing. This book teaches you how to leverage the fast-changing pace of technology to grow a business that gives you the freedom and flexibility you want. You’ll learn how to:

  • Assess your freelancing skillset
  • Determine the best way to position your business to clients
  • Research the most profitable freelance writing opportunities
  • Create a series of pitches that convert to profitable client relationships
  • Use freelance job sites to build a strong client base
  • Master the art of time management so you don’t miss a single deadline
  • Market your business in multiple channels to grow and scale your business

by Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Writing is the lifeblood of career success. This book, winner of two Silver Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association, shows you how to write with heart–to use language and messages that connect with others at work, building relationships that help you achieve your goals.
You have coworkers, clients, or customers you rely on to contribute to your success, and you may write to them more often than you talk or meet. Your written words must carry your messages, sometimes in tense and awkward situations. This book shows how to choose words that convey your meaning while developing and sustaining your relationships.

If you are a leader, team member, sales or customer service rep, entrepreneur, or any professional who communicates in writing, this book helps you support positive relationships in every message. Whether you write to the assistant in the next office or the partner on the other side of the globe, you can communicate in ways that build trust, respect, and solid connections with others.

by Alicia Abell

Based on the actual writing and speaking styles of leading business executives worldwide, this book features easy-to-follow instructions and techniques for preparing polished written documents and writing and speaking in an articulate manner. Focusing on how leading business professionals really communicate, the basics of writing and speaking, including traditional grammar and speaking dos and don’ts, are covered. Examined are the particular styles in which business professionals communicate with each other and how to develop a personal professional style. Featured are special sections on writing memos, offer letters, e-mails, and other business documents that business professionals need to master.