This was one of the first craft books I read as a newbie which helped me to understand the general outline of building a novel.
How to Grow a Novel by: Sol Stein
My local library had this book and I am so grateful that it was one of the first I read, learning from one of the most well-known editors was a great foundation.
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
This is one of my favorite craft books. It delves into the science of how story affects our minds and bodies and how we can utilize certain techniques to draw readers into our worlds and keep them riveted.
Revision and Self-Editing for Publication by: James Scott Bell
You have that fabulous first draft written, great! Now the real work starts, editing, which is my favorite part. Bell's book helps you to polish that rough draft into a gem.
Write Your Novel from the Middle by: James Scott Bell
Seeing a pattern here? Yes, any craft book from James Scott Bell is worth a "one-click" purchase. This is one of the best and has been most helpful as I write my second book to discover the "Mirror Moment" upon which the character arc hinges.
One of the best ways I found to begin my publishing journey was to learn from others who have already traveled the road. Blogs are a great resource to learn and be encouraged. Here are just a few that I visit on a regular basis.