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The Complete Guide To Editing Your Fiction

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Using an easy-to-reference format, experienced editor Michael Seidman shows writers how to approach fiction editing from three angles: macro editing, style editing and market editing. Writers will learn to reread their manuscript paying close attention to the continuity of narrative elements, such as point of view, characterization, sequencing and dialogue. After revising ...more
Published February 15th 2002 by Writer's Digest Books (first published July 31st 2000)
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Stasa Fritz
Aug 22, 2008 Stasa Fritz rated it liked it
Recommends it for: writers, especially novels
This book is "not bad," but not great. The advice on editing is in some sense a restating of what you are told to put into your fiction in the first place. That said, through the author's own prose and through interviews with others, he gives EXAMPLES of what their fiction looked like before and after. This alone was fairly useful.

It is not a fast read and there are some parts that need ignoring, but it is a valuable piece in the arsenal of writing.
Amanda Erickson
Dec 10, 2009 Amanda Erickson rated it it was ok
While I understand why he did it, placing samples throughout the book of his short story in various stages of editing seemed a little too egotistical than helpful. Pages upon pages are devoted to JUST his story, OVER and OVER. I don't think I would have minded as much had the story been 2-4 pages long, but when it was about 40 pages long... Come on! What a waste of paper (and should I have bought it instead of borrowing it from the library, I would have said "what a waste of $").

However, after s
Rich Inman
Apr 20, 2014 Rich Inman rated it it was amazing
When I finished my first novel I thought, "Time to send this out!" I was lucky enough to be asked for three sample chapters, and was then promptly told I needed help.

I was then referred to this book, which literally changed my writing! It's a permanent addition to my library as I refuse to lend it out so that I can reference and re-read it.

If you want solid help on getting better editing your fiction, look no further!
Nov 28, 2010 Adrienna rated it liked it
I was struggling with one of my novels and to see how he not only condensed the story to have more meaning and action; it also shows how it was developed in dialogue, mood, flow, and so forth. I hope I can do it and blessed to have test readers now on board for these three novels that I'm not so sure about. Writers have to go through the drafts, no matter how many it takes, before sending to editor and then publisher.
Laura Gilfillan
Jun 29, 2015 Laura Gilfillan rated it really liked it
Good general advice. The author uses his own work to show the process of revision, uses other examples too. Best advice: reread your manuscript in type, where you can make notes. Also, it is more work, but by completely re-typing your manuscript you'll find other places to make changes and the work benefits. Another exercise to try is to take another author's book and edit it--an interesting method to hone your writing skills.
Carl Brookins
Jul 05, 2008 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it
Michael Seidman, once active as an editor in the crime fiction area, is a highly knowledgeable, if sometimes irascible, man. But his understanding of the reader and of the way good genre fiction should be constructed is excellent. His talent is amply demonstrated in this volume. Every author should have this on their bookshelf.
Feb 28, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've written or are thinking about writing your own fiction, I highly recommend this.
Rachel Meyer
Mar 24, 2016 Rachel Meyer rated it really liked it
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A helpful book I would recommend to most writers. The examples he uses are a bit long and boring but he does point out some great ideas. Gave me many things to thing about.
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