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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 or organizing articles, proposals or manuscripts? Be Your Own Editor by Sigrid Macdonald is an invaluable manual for writers of all ages and stages.
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Published February 20th 2010 by Sigrid Macdonald (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The Chicago Manual of Style Lite. Best thing is the quizzes.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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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.

Mark Carter
Oct 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this on Kindle for PC and it had spacing and formatting errors. Spacing before and after section headings was erratic. Paragraphs had no indentation or extra spacing, so that the entire text just appeared to be left justified. This is the sort of text I've come to expect from Smashwords. Nobody is going to take editing advice from a book full of errors.
Jae Jae
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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