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Be Your Own Editor: A Writer's Guide to Perfect Prose

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Are you uncertain when to use affect or effect? Loath or loathe? Compliment or complement? Do you struggle with character development, establishing realistic dialogue and composing articles, proposals or manuscripts?

Be Your Own Editor by Sigrid Macdonald offers a crash course in grammar basics, starting with punctuation and proper use of the dreaded apostrophe. It suggests
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Kindle Edition, 164 pages
Published 2010 by CreateSpace
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Markus
I read too many books on writing and don't write enough. The info here is good, though some punctuation and grammar stuff I haven't heard before and rather surprised me.

But most of the info is available from other sources as well. It's nice that this was offered as a free book somewhere online. That's where I got it. And good info at that price is nothing to complain about.

Jae Jae
Some helpful tips, but nothing new to me. Plus it had a couple of errors: incorrect advise on apostrophes (the Macdonald's home) and incorrectly recommends using a comma after every conjunction. The section on commas was confusing and sometimes incorrect.
Kayla
I didn't read all of it. I was interested in the fiction writing, but I felt like there was a lot of errors... There is great advice to read on writers block though. :)
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Originally from New Jersey, Sigrid Macdonald currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario. She has been a manuscript editor and freelance writer for a number of years. Her works have appeared in the Globe and Mail newspaper; The Women's Freedom Network Newsletter; the American magazine, Justice Denied; The Toastmaster, a publication of Toastmasters International; and She Magazine. Her first book, Getting ...more
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