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Polish Your Fiction: A Quick & Easy Self-Editing Guide (Writing in a Nutshell Series Book 5) by [Bell, Jessica]
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Are you ready to publish or submit to a literary agent? You might be. But is your manuscript as squeaky clean as you think?

Polish Your Fiction: A Quick & Easy Self-Editing Guide will help turn your manuscript into a shiny book. With more than ten years’ experience as an editor and author of both fiction and nonfiction, I offer you my tried and tested advice on the quickest and easiest ways to polish different areas of Writing Style, Consistency of Prose, Grammar, Punctuation, Typography, and Layout.

Each section is armed with a numbered checklist for moments when you need that “at-a-glance” reminder and nifty Microsoft Word tricks that will save you time. At the end of the book there are also magnificent accounts of editorial mistakes other authors have made during their careers, to show you that no matter how many times a book is edited, something always slips through—so don’t be so hard on yourself!

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  • Publisher: Vine Leaves Press (28 May 2014)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't submit your manuscript without using this guide. 8 November 2014
By DRW - Published on
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Once again, Jessica Bell has written a compact, yet packed book. She shares her tips for self-editing with entertaining stories to prove her points. I recommend this book highly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - concise, actionable advice from a professional editor 31 May 2014
By Debbie Young - Published on
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Having enjoyed and found helpful Jessica Bell's "In A Nutshell" series of writing guides, I was looking forward to reading this one, not least because I am at the polishing stages of a book of my own which is due out on 21st June (a collection of flash fiction called "Quick Change"). I've spent most of my working life needing to edit written copy, whether for business reports, PR materials or journalism, yet this book offered plenty of new advice that I'm sure I'll find useful.

The biggest surprise for me was her advice to pick off one aspect of your writing at a time, e.g. dialogue tags ("He said", "She murmured" etc) or chapter endings, and perfect them. This means going through your work multiple times to effect a single edit - but it sounds like a very effective approach.

It's also a great book for the 21st century writer, because it harnesses tricks from Word to help you fine-tune your prose, e.g. search and replace, rather than relying on your own eye.

As a career editor, she's not afraid to debunk commonly held myths about writing, e.g. the old saying "murder your darlings". With her characteristic incisive Australian wit, she advises "If everyone killed all their darlings, they'd have no family left".

The format is a really practical working guide, full of checklists to help you put into practice the author's top tips. Having bought the Kindle edition of this book, I'm now going to order the paperback, because it's going to have a permanent place on my writing desk whenever I'm at the editing stage. Enough said.

Disclosure: I do know the author personally as we both belong to the Alliance of Independent Authors (I'm quoted in the back, in the heartening section in which authors confess their biggest editing errors), but I bought my copy direct from Amazon and Jessica Bell didn't solicit this review, nor does she know I'm writing it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy reference! 1 June 2014
By Graeme Ing - Published on
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Oh no, not another book on writing? Actually, I liked this one. Short, fast read that concentrated on the essentials with no waffle and padding, but still written in an easy-to-read, slightly humorous style.

This book won't teach you how to write, and doesn't pretend to, but serves as a great reference to have nearby when you come to edit your manuscript. Divided into clear sections, so that you can concentrate on one thing at a time, like punctuation, POV, tense etc. Each section has a handy checklist so you don't have to wade through pages of text.

Keep this book by your keyboard, as I shall, follow its great advice, and your editor will love you when you submit a polished manuscript. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful. I highly recommend it! 20 August 2014
By Rachel - Published on
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When it comes time to polish my work before it goes out into the reading world, I don't have time to crawl through hundreds of pages of writer guides explaining in excruciating detail how to improve my fiction writing. Essentially, what I want is a checklist. A checklist I can work through quickly and methodically to target every area of my manuscript. And that's exactly what Jessica Bell's POLISH YOUR FICTION gave me. Straightforward and to the point, with the occasional dash of humour, this book was not only extremely helpful, but enjoyable. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Parts Must be as One. 20 June 2014
By DG Hudson - Published on
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An excellent resource for the new writer and the experienced writer. 'Polish Your Fiction' is the latest addition to Jessica Bell's list of writing instruction manuals. This book will give you the details and the information on how to create a novel manuscript you will be proud to submit. I've just finished reading it today. I took a few notes on things that need work in my own writing. Recommended.