The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide by John McNally is an excellent resource for writers at all stages of their careers.  What makes this book truly unique is that McNally doesn’t pretend to have any definitive answers or tricks about how to get published or what it takes to be a writer.  Instead, he provides invaluable information about his experiences as an author and professor and allows readers to make decisions for themselves.  He uses humorous anecdotes from his own life to illustrate his points– from finding a suitable agent, to dealing with inevitable rejections– and he gives a more realistic picture of the writing life.  This book isn’t an instruction manual on how to write stories and it doesn’t provide inspirational prompts; it’s about the literary/publishing field and the reality of what it means to be a writer in this day and age, which is an invaluable resource.