Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave (Great Books for Writers)

By Don McNair

Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic procedure for clearing up foggy writing--writing that is filled with additional, misused, and overused words--in this advisor to generating gleaming reproduction that draws readers, brokers, editors, and revenues. McNair explains the typical errors made through such a lot writers and indicates how taking away pointless phrases strengthens motion, shorten sentences, and makes writing crackle with existence. Containing 21 uncomplicated, hassle-free ideas, ""Editor-Proof Your Writing"" teaches tips on how to edit susceptible verb varieties, strip away writer intrusions, ban redundancies, cast off foggy words, right passive-voice sentences, cut back misused and overused phrases, and connect different writing errors. an excellent addition to any writer's toolkit, this e-book won't basically make writing clearer and extra grammatical, it's going to additionally make it extra concise, interesting, and beautiful to publishers.

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143 steer clear of clichés just like the plague. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 cast off superficials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 cease these wandering eyes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 half 3: SHARING YOUR phrases creation: Sharing Your paintings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 bankruptcy eleven Critique companions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred sixty five bankruptcy 12 specialist editors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 bankruptcy thirteen Publishers and brokers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 bankruptcy 14 Writing the question letter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 bankruptcy 15 Writing the synopsis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 workout recommendations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Sarah’s Perils ideas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 secret on Firefly Knob Synopsis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 Novels used as examples. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 in regards to the writer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 viii introduction you'll be released! U npublished author “Barbara Stevens” requested me to critique and edit her most recent unpublished novel’s first bankruptcy. “I’ve written twelve different manuscripts,” she stated, “and they’ve been rejected loads of occasions. i am hoping you could determine what’s fallacious. ” good, I did determine it out, and quick. This woman used to be primarily a very good author. Her blogs sparkled, she dreamed up inventive plots, and her center used to be definitely in her paintings. yet she’d made a huge craft mistake in that bankruptcy and, possibly, in all twelve of these manuscripts. It used to be a mistake that nearly assured she’d by no means be released. We mentioned her challenge (we’ll come back to that later), and the sunshine bulb over her head glowed brilliantly. She rewrote that first bankruptcy and that i edited it back, and, as though by way of magic, it grew to become publishable. Barbara used her newfound wisdom to revise the remainder of that manuscript, after which her twelve different novels. inside months she offered one, and she’s now been released again and again. She’s on her approach. the purpose? Barbara’s leap forward got here at once from correcting that one craft mistake. She’d made it time and time back and used to be destined to copy it many times, until eventually somebody advised her what it was once. you will be making that very same mistake. Or, probably you’re making one other both lethal one—mistakes we’ll establish and get to the bottom of during this book—and are usually not conscious of it. yet there’s wish. undesirable information, excellent news If you’ve by no means been released, there’s either undesirable information and excellent news. The undesirable information is that the majority unpublished writers will not be released. Editors obtain thousands of manuscripts every one week and finally purchase Editor-Proof Your Writing fewer than one percentage. We’ve all heard of hapless writers who've wallpapered their domestic or place of work partitions with rejections. might be you’re one. the reason being uncomplicated. Many writers ship problem-riddled manuscripts to editor after editor, as Barbara did, believing they're excellent.

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