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The Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers: 12 Ways to Take Your Book from Good to Great (Little Books for Writers) by [McKenna, Bridget]
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12 Ways to Take Your Book from Good to Great

Whether your aim is to seek a publishing contract or to publish your book yourself, you want your writing to be as free of placeholder words, as devoid of verbal crutches, as lean and clean as you can learn to make it. This book will show you how.

Part One: Search and Destroy

Whether it's fish heads, zombie nouns, vampire verbs, or the dread dangling participle, these chapters will show you how to find and eliminate common early-draft mistakes.

Part Two: The Self-Editor's Toolkit

Learn to create richer language, set the pace, and wrangle dialogue tags while pondering "The Most-Hated Writing Advice Ever."

Part Three: Self-Editing Resources

Links to good books and helpful websites for writers, and a handy quick-reference to all the pointers in The Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers.

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  • File Size: 1106 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
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  • Publisher: Ravenscourt Press; 3 edition (25 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HZC80A
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Resource 7 July 2012
By Bluejack - Published on Amazon.com
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This small book begins, appropriately, with a quotation from another small book, William Strunk, Jr.'s The Elements of Style. This book, like Strunk's timeless classic, has a value far beyond its size. I would have said weight, but the weight of a book is no longer a meaningful measure!

McKenna offers a comprehensive approach to the necessary writerly discipline of editing your own work: which is a very different craft than the process of actually writing. (And how important it is to keep these two crafts separate!) In the age of respectable self-publishing, some may think the material in this book is sufficient to produce work that is ready to publish. McKenna makes it clear from the first paragraph that this is not the point: "This is not a book about why you don't need an editor. Writers need editors. Even editors, when they write, need editors." What this *is* is a book about crafting the most polished, powerful prose possible -- so that when you do hire an editor you aren't wasting your money fixing things you could have & should have fixed on your own. When you are ready to hire an editor, or submit your manuscript to the traditional press, you know that the value the third-party editor brings to the process is taking a great work and making it awesome: not taking a flawed work and making it adequate.

Again, the comparison to Strunk is notable: every section in this book is both dense and immediately useful. A quick skim will improve your writing, your writing process, and make your rewriting time more efficient. And you can come back to it over and over. Any time you are about to sit down with the intent of transforming a first or second draft into a honed, final draft, you should pick up the Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers and remind yourself what to look for & how to make it better.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, excellent checklist! 19 July 2012
By Mike Jasper - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book to review every year or so, just to make sure you're not slipping into some bad habits as a writer. I discovered it at the perfect time -- just as I was finishing up the copy-edits and clean-up on my latest novel. I used the book and the free checklist at their website to polish up my novel. I think they saved me a day of work, if not more, and definitely saved me the potential embarrassment of anyone seeing my mistakes (including those nasty fish heads and fish tails! Don't ask -- just get the book).

Thanks for an excellent resource, at a great price.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for writers. Buy it! 7 July 2012
By R. K. MacPherson - Published on Amazon.com
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Even in today's world of self-publishing, good editing can mean the difference between an okay story and a great one. Mistakes matter and it falls on the author to get rid of them before sending their work out. Whether sharing it with a publisher or a reader, we need to put our best foot forward and The Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers can help. Concise, yet descriptive, following this guide can only make your writing stronger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've already learned so much in the first couple of pages. 26 February 2014
By Megan - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no extra fluff or useless information and text. It's extremely easy to understand, plenty of examples, and the sources she links to in the beginning are a wonderful extra to the book.

I wish there was a hardcopy edition of this - I would love to be able to take it with me in the event I don't have my kindle device on my person :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely good resource 30 July 2013
By Kiki Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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I have gone through this book a section at a time while self-editing my book and it has made an amazing improvement on my writing. This advice given is so invaluable and I recommend it to people all the time. I even included it in a blog post I wrote about editing. When you self edit your book (which everyone should be doing) then you must pick this book up!