Other than the Tennessee Notary Handbook and a copy of the most recent Tennessee laws about notaries in Tennessee (both available from the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.tn.gov/sos/pub/notaries/index.htm), there are three books about being a notary that I consider essential.
Notary Public Practices and Glossary by Raymond C. Rothman — available from the National Notary Association (nationalnotary.org)
Notary Law, Procedures & Ethics — by Peter J Van Alstyne — available from the Notary Law Institute (notarylaw.com)
Notary Public Encyclopedia by Peter J Van Alstyne — also available from the Notary Law Institute.
You may find these books cheaper on ebay, Amazon, abebooks, or other sites, but be aware that those may not be the most recent editions which are more likely to contain up-to-date information.
If you get those books and read them cover to cover, you will have a good grounding in what it means to be a notary public.
After that, you will be ready to read articles on the websites of the American Association of Notaries, GoGetNotary, 123notary, NotaryRotary’s forum, the American Society of Notaries, the National Notary Association, NotaryCafe (forums coming soon), and other sites and evaluate them for usefulness and trustworthiness.
For marketing and growing your business, there are two essential books:
Marketing Your Non-Loan Notary Services by Laura Vestanen (available on Amazon and other sites) and
Marketing Advice for Notary Signing Agents by Gerrie Pierre-Fleurimond (available on Amazon and other sites). Gerrie also has at least 2 other books that may be worth a read; I don’t have them yet, so I can’t recommend them here.
For answers to questions that NSAs have, get NSA Q&As from the National Notary Association (nationalnotary.org)
Beyond these basics, there are many books available for further reading. I’ve listed those which I have found helpful in the remainder of this bibliography.
(This is an excerpt from the first draft of Tim’s Notary Money Book.)