A number of years ago I wrote a novel called Wild Fiction and it was this novel that started this blog although this blog doesn't have anything to do with the novel, it just shares the name and the idea that you can't always trust what you read here.
If you want to read the novel you can do so for free online here: Wild Fiction
I never had the novel published in print (although I know that it is ridiculously easy and inexpensive to do so now) so don't go looking for it on Amazon.
While I was writing Wild Fiction I read a ton of books on how to write a novel. The two best books out of all of them were:
These books were also the shortest of any of the "how to" books but don't have any waffle - they are all 100% quality content.
What I love about these books is James Frey's attempt at trying to help you overcome writers block in the first book and then telling you that it doesn't exist in the second book and to just get over it and stop being so bloody lazy.
Enjoy and please post a comment if you've read either of those.