To be a freelance writer, you need a good dictionary. You need a decent thesaurus. You need a few of the following.

Writers’ Reference Books

Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2017 – for UK
The Writer’s Market 2017 – for US
The Writer’s Market 2017 (deluxe edition) – for US
The Writer’s and Artists’ Yearbook Guide to Getting Published

Grammar / Punctuation / Spelling Books

Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation
Collins Improve Your Grammar
English Grammar for Dummies
Improve Your Punctuation and Grammar
Collins Improve Your Punctuation
First Aid in Spelling

Books about Words

Mind the Gaffe
Troublesome Words
Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins
Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
The Reader’s Digest Reverse Dictionary

Freelance Writing Books

No Contacts? No Problem! – Catherine Quinn
The Renegade Writer – Linda Formichelli & Diana Burrell
How to Make Money from Travel Writing – Sarah Woods

Writing Guides

Wannabe a Writer? – Jane Wenham Jones
The Writer’s ABC Checklist – Lorraine Mace & Maureen Vincent-Northam
The Positively Productive Writer – Simon Whaley
50 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make – Alex Gazzola
50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make – Alex Gazzola

Miscellaneous Books for Writers

On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
Photography for Writers – Simon Whaley

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