Jack Woodford was the pen name of a prolific writer of fiction and film scripts. His fiction, I'm told, was largely ephemeral, what might be called "airport books" today. But he also wrote several books on how to write, and they are highly regarded.
Robert A. Heinlein found Woodford's Trial And Error of use. An expanded version is available from Amazon as Write And Error. I'm reading it now, and it is indeed full of good and useful advice. Some of the information on markets is out of date; there's barely any market for short fiction these days and unless you are really amazingly extra-special or well-known -- or better, both -- it's no way to make money, but that's just one aspect of a multi-faceted book. If you write or would like to, it's worth your time.
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