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Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
An earlier version of Editing Made Easy , published in Bruce Kaplan's native Australia, has become a best-selling resource for writers in much or the English-speaking world. Because of the different spellings and conventions of American English, it has been unavailable here--until now. The new book is thoroughly revised, updated, expanded, and Americanized. It maintains t ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 15th 2012 by Upper Access (first published September 1st 2001)
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Oct 07, 2015 Starfire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book was definitely educational, although not in the way I'd normally use the term for a non-fiction book.

I didn't realise, for example that there were still writing experts around who railed at the use of split infinitives ("to boldly go" or "to really understand"), or at putting a preposition at the end of a sentence ("the kind of thing I'm sick of putting up with"). Nor who demanded that people get over their fear of repeating words within sentences to avoid using prepositions because th
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Feb 07, 2016 Christopher Goins rated it liked it
This was ok. Between 3-4 stars out of 5. This book has one of the best chapters on the use of "only" in a sentence. The book had a spelling error, which is not a good thing for an editing book, and seems to go against the authors advice at the end of the book to read the copy again "first for sense, then for spelling and grammatical errors" (p.104).

The chapter on the use of "that" left me with questions. It's one thing to say don't use "that" in a sentence and drop it; but to not explain why pu
Joe Noonan
Dec 10, 2012 Joe Noonan rated it it was amazing
This book is clear, concise, and readable;everything a help book, or any other writing, should be.Mr. Kaplan does not try to present one style of writing as the best, rather, he helps you use your own style at it's best. He separates conversational grammmar from written grammar clearly, while seeing the neeed for both in some book genres. He stresses the active voice as opposed to passive to light up your work. As a former writer of VA documents, I can attest to the tedium of the passive voice. ...more
I’m unsure how to go about reviewing a nonfiction book, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Not a bad little book for beginners. Small in size and easy to transport with a notebook or inside a bag. Editing made easy, offers advice on the dreaded E word and tips to help you blossom as a writer. Most of what I read was easy to understand however, the comma section was small and dealt only with a small area. For a writer at the shallow end this didn’t help me.

Editing made easy is aimed mainly at wri
Oct 07, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a simple guide to punctuation and sentence structure. I found it helpful, although, I think it is geared towards newspaper and magazine editing. It doesn't cover everything (such as editing marks) but it is useful for those who want to brush up on basic rules of writing.
John Richards
Jan 29, 2015 John Richards rated it it was amazing
This is an essential resource for writers and editors. Keep a copy of this nearby when writing and editing.
Oct 07, 2015 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for writers and editors - very to the point. If you need a quick hand with the basics, this is the book for you.
Dec 23, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
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Aimed at reporters and such. I write fiction, so this short book didn't help me much. There were a few sections that provided some good refresher material. Would recommend for students.
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Short and sweet.
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