I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave by award winning w...moreI was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave by award winning writer and editor, Don McNair. In a stroke of serendipity, the book arrived just as I was getting ready to do the final edits on my summer novel release.
As I read this book, it struck me as basic advice. I'm a teacher and a writer, and I didn't expect to find anything new for myself in the book. Don McNair surprised me.
With his cut-to-the-core style, and his structured steps, he makes editing clear and easy. No more wandering through your manuscript wondering if something should stay or go. With Don McNair's steps to fog-free writing, in the first pass you'll know what to cut and what to keep. Editor-Proof Your Writing makes the whole process simple. Using his method, I reduced my editing time by half.
Also, I keep my review copies of books in presentable condition, because I often pass them along to other readers. Not this one. You'll have to get your own copy! My copy is bursting with highlighting marks, sticky notes galore, and pencil marks where I did the exercises he suggests right in the book. I know, it sounds crazy, right? But this expert author has a way of making you want to dive right into the editing, right on the pages. I'll be referring back to this book every time I edit.
Editor-Proof Your Writing includes:
1. Straightforward advice about keeping readers interested 2. A section with 21 easy to follow steps for editing 3. Writing examples from before, during, and after editing 4. How to write a query and synopsis 5. Invaluable guidance you would expect from a mentor
Don, if you're reading this review, I hope you don't find too many errors in my writing! Thanks for the fabulous tips and editing system.
Full Disclosure: I received an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Written as a writing encouragement for young writers, this book has the same chatty, conversational tone of the popular Abby Hayes books. Youthful wri...moreWritten as a writing encouragement for young writers, this book has the same chatty, conversational tone of the popular Abby Hayes books. Youthful writers will enjoy the funny turns of phrase. "Chewing on marinated shoelaces," or advice to turn on "your idea antennae." The soft-edged pictures add a comfortable relaxed feeling to the instructions, similar to the warm fuzzy feeling you get from your favorite pair of slippers.
Don't let the friendly tone fool you. This book is packed with excellent advice for young writers about where to find ideas, how to get started, and how to fall in love with writing. I'll be using this book to inspire the students in my classes. I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn to write, or who knows a young person who loves to write.(less)