Containing 21 simple, straightforward principles, Editor-Proof Your Writing teaches how to edit weak verb forms, strip away author intrusions, ban redundancies, eliminate foggy phrases, correct passive-voice sentences, slash misused and overused words, and fix other writing mistakes. A superb addition to any writer’s toolkit, this book will not only make writing clearer and more grammatical, it will also make it more concise, entertaining, and appealing to publishers.
Have you ever thought about writing a book? If so, this is a great book with some sound advice before you send it off to a publisher:
There are three parts to this book:
- Putting words in - hooking your audience, deciding on your point of view (POV), adding conflict, etc.
- Taking words out - using fewer "-ing" words and infinitives, shortening verbs, using active voice rather than a passive voice, etc.
- Sharing your words - how to find critique partners, editors, publishers and agents, and writing a query letter
Each part goes into a lot detail with many examples. There are quizzes at the end of each chapter plus a story to correct to re-enforce the lessons of the chapter.
I enjoyed this book and what I read will make me more conscious of my writing in general and the editing I do at work.