Editing for Writers

Author: Lois Johnson Rew

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780137490868

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 470

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Based on interviews with actual workplace writers and editors, this unique text/workbook teaches editing approaches and skills that writers can apply to their own or others' documents. Outlines a process to identify and solve problems and helps readers develop the ability to explain their editing decisions. Features 136 different kinds of exercises. Contains special chapters on editing on-line documentation, graphics, document design, and on international and intercultural issues, as well as 16 different checklists that can be applied to developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. For anyone interested in editing or copyediting; professional, technical, science, business, or nursing writing; or nonfiction writing.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Author: Renni Browne,Dave King

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 226

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Covers characterization, exposition, point of view, dialogue, proportion, and voice

Developmental Editing

A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers

Author: Scott Norton

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226595161

Category: Reference

Page: 252

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Editing is a tricky business. It requires analytical flair and creative panache, the patience of a saint and the vision of a writer. Transforming a manuscript into a book that edifies, inspires, and sells? That’s the job of the developmental editor, whose desk is the first stop for many manuscripts on the road to bookdom—a route ably mapped out in the pages of Developmental Editing. Author Scott Norton has worked with a diverse range of authors, editors, and publishers, and his handbook provides an approach to developmental editing that is logical, collaborative, humorous, and realistic. He starts with the core tasks of shaping the proposal, finding the hook, and building the narrative or argument, and then turns to the hard work of executing the plan and establishing a style. Developmental Editing includes detailed case studies featuring a variety of nonfiction books—election-year polemic, popular science, memoir, travel guide—and authors ranging from first-timer to veteran, journalist to scholar. Handy sidebars offer advice on how to become a developmental editor, create effective illustration programs, and adapt sophisticated fiction techniques (such as point of view, suspense, plotting, character, and setting) to nonfiction writing. Norton’s book also provides freelance copyeditors with a way to earn higher fees while introducing more creativity into their work lives. It gives acquisitions, marketing, and production staff a vocabulary for diagnosing a manuscript’s flaws and techniques for transforming it into a bestseller. And perhaps most importantly, Developmental Editing equips authors with the concrete tools they need to reach their audiences.

I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell

Author: Tucker Max

Publisher: Citadel

ISBN: 0806535938

Category: Humor

Page: 288

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My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead. But, I do contribute to humanity in one very important way: I share my adventures with the world. --from the Introduction Actual reader feedback: "I am completely baffled as to how you can congratulate yourself for being a womanizer and a raging drunk, or think anyone cares about an idiot like you. Do you really think that exploiting the insecurities of others while getting wasted is a legitimate thing to offer?" "Thank you, thank you, thank you--for sharing with us your wonderful tales of drunken revelry, for teaching me what it means to be a man, for just existing so I know that there is another option; I too can say 'screw the system' and be myself and have fun. My life truly began when I finished reading your stories. Now, when faced with a quandary about what course of action I should take, I just ask myself, 'What Would Tucker Do?'--and I do it, and I am a better man for it." "I find it truly appalling that there are people in the world like you. You are a disgusting, vile, repulsive, repugnant, foul creature. Because of you, I don't believe in God anymore. No just God would allow someone like you to exist." "I'll stay with God as my lord, but you are my savior. I just finished reading your brilliant stories, and I laughed so hard I almost vomited. I want to bring that kind of joy to people. You're an artist of the highest order and a true humanitarian to boot. I'm in both shock and awe at how much I want to be you." "You are the coolest person I can even imagine existing. If you slept with my girlfriend, it'd make me love her more."

Sol Stein's Reference Book for Writers

Part 1: Writing, Part 2: Publishing

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9780312550950

Category: Reference

Page: 288

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As a master editor, publisher, novelist, and writing instructor, Sol Stein knows what writers face when they sit down before a blank page. This invaluable guide provides quick and handy A-Z reference help for common and more complicated questions: writer's block, writing a difficult scene, preparing a manuscript for publication or submission, plotting, developing a character, and dozens of other topics, listed alphabetically in the table of contents. Stein enables writers to maintain their creative momentum by immediately returning to a manuscript in progress after finding the solution in this book. The book also includes a section on publishing, which details the publishing process and explains the terms all writers need to know. Packed with insight, anecdotes, and specific information, this guide is a must-have reference on the shelves of aspiring and published authors as well as publishing professionals.

What Editors Do

The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing

Author: Peter Ginna

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022629997X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 310

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"[This book] gathers essays from twenty-seven leading figures in book publishing about their work. Representing both large houses and small, and encompassing trade, textbook, academic, and children's publishing, the contributors make the case for why editing remains a vital function to writers--and readers--everywhere. Ironically for an industry built on words, there has been a scarcity of written guidance on how to actually approach the work of editing. This book will serve as a compendium of professional advice and will be a resource both for those entering the profession (or already in it) and for those outside publishing who seek an understanding of it. It sheds light on how editors acquire books, what constitutes a strong author-editor relationship, and the editor's vital role at each stage of the publishing process--a role that extends far beyond marking up the author's text. This collection treats editing as both art and craft, and also as a career. It explores how editors balance passion against the economic realities of publishing."--

Editor-Proof Your Writing

21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave

Author: Don McNair

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 1610351991

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

View: 1972

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Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for clearing up foggy writing--writing that's full of extra, misused, and overused words--in this guide to producing sparkling copy that attracts readers, agents, editors, and sales. McNair explains the common mistakes made by most writers and shows how eliminating unnecessary words strengthens action, shorten sentences, and makes writing crackle with life. 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.

Self-Editing for Indie Authors

21 Quick and Easy Tips for Better Writing, Positive Reviews and More Sales

Author: Michelle Lowery

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997781205

Category:

Page: N.A

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The number one complaint readers have about self-published books is poor editing. Good writing leads to positive reviews, which lead to more sales. And all three of those can be boosted with effective editing. Maybe you're just starting out as an indie author, and can't afford a professional editor. Or maybe you're just the hands-on type. Whatever your reason for doing it yourself, Self-Editing for Indie Authors will walk you through 21 tips, and explain the reasons behind every one to help you continually improve your writing. Self-Editing for Indie Authors will help you write better books, sell more of them, and finally quit that day job!

Line by Line

How to Edit Your Own Writing

Author: Claire Kehrwald Cook,Modern Language Association of America,Modern Language Association

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395393918

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 219

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The complete guide to self-editing, illustrating the most common problems with hundreds of before-and-after examples

Techniques of the Selling Writer

Author: Dwight V. Swain

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806186674

Category: Reference

Page: 344

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Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product. No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.

Writing and Editing for Digital Media

Author: Brian Carroll

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 135179650X

Category:

Page: N.A

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Writing and Editing for Digital Media teaches students how to write effectively for digital spaces--whether writing for an app, crafting a story for a website, blogging, or using social media to expand the conversation. The lessons and exercises in each chapter help students build a solid understanding of the ways that digital communication has introduced opportunities for dynamic storytelling and multi-directional communication. With this accessible guide and accompanying website, students learn not only to create content, but also to become careful, creative managers of that content. Updated with contemporary examples and pedagogy, including examples from the 2016 presidential election, and an expanded look at using social media, the third edition broadens its scope, helping digital writers and editors in all fields, including public relations, marketing, and social media management. Based on Brian Carroll's extensive experience teaching a course of the same name, this revised and updated edition pays particular attention to opportunities presented by the growth of social media and mobile media. Chapters aim to: Assist digital communicators in understanding the socially networked, increasingly mobile, always-on, geomapped, personalized media ecosystems; Teach communicators to approach storytelling from a multimedia, multi-modal, interactive perspective; Provide the basic skill sets of the digital writer and editor, skill sets that transfer across all media and most communication and media industries, and to do so in specifically journalistic and public relations contexts; Help communicators to put their audiences first by focusing attention on user experience, user behavior, and engagement with their user bases; Teach best practices in the areas of social media strategy, management, and use.

Editing for Today's Newsroom

New Perspectives for a Changing Profession

Author: Carl Sessions Stepp

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317785096

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Through anecdotes, history, and analysis, this book offers sound advice to prepare prospective editors for the full range of their duties: editing copy, determining what is news, understanding graphics and design, directing coverage, managing people, and coping with a spectrum of ethical and legal dilemmas.

Track Changes

Author: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674417070

Category: Computers

Page: 344

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Writing in the digital age has been as messy as the inky rags in Gutenberg’s shop or the molten lead of a Linotype machine. Matthew Kirschenbaum examines how creative authorship came to coexist with the computer revolution. Who were the early adopters, and what made others anxious? Was word processing just a better typewriter, or something more?

Editing Fact and Fiction

A Concise Guide to Book Editing

Author: Leslie T. Sharpe,Irene Gunther

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521456937

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 227

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Editing Fact and Fiction is a concise, practical guide for people interested in book publishing or already working as editors who want to learn more about the opportunities in various kinds of book editing. Writing in a lively, informal style, two editors with extensive experience in a wide variety of fields--fiction and nonfiction, trade and reference, academic and commercial publishing--explain what editors in different jobs really do. The authors take the reader step by step through the editing process, from manuscript to bound book. They discuss the principles of sound editing and provide many specific examples of how to--and how not to--edit copy. They also give examples of how to deal tactfully with authors and show when editorial restraint is the best intervention. Editing Fact and Fiction is a book to be read, not just referred to. It will be an indispensable guide for anyone thinking about a career in book publishing, a valuable resource for working editors who want to enlarge their knowledge, and a useful tool for senior editors training staff. Leslie T. Sharpe and Irene Gunther are both editors and writers. An experienced trade book editor, Leslie T. Sharpe teaches editing and writing at New York University and Columbia University. She is also a regular contributor to New York Newsday. Irene Gunther was a senior editor at Macmillan Publishing and has extensive experience in reference and college book editing. She is the author of a teenage biography and a contributor to various publications.

The Story Grid

What Good Editors Know

Author: Shawn Coyne

Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC

ISBN: 1936891360

Category: Reference

Page: 344

View: 2005

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WHAT IS THE STORY GRID? The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments. It's like a CT Scan that takes a photo of the global story and tells the editor or writer what is working, what is not, and what must be done to make what works better and fix what's not. The Story Grid breaks down the component parts of stories to identify the problems. And finding the problems in a story is almost as difficult as the writing of the story itself (maybe even more difficult). The Story Grid is a tool with many applications: 1. It will tell a writer if a Story ?works? or ?doesn't work. 2. It pinpoints story problems but does not emotionally abuse the writer, revealing exactly where a Story (not the person creating the Story'the Story) has failed. 3. It will tell the writer the specific work necessary to fix that Story's problems. 4. It is a tool to re-envision and resuscitate a seemingly irredeemable pile of paper stuck in an attic drawer. 5. It is a tool that can inspire an original creation.

Editing Research

The Author Editing Approach to Providing Effective Support to Writers of Research Papers

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781573875318

Category:

Page: N.A

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Editors on Editing

What Writers Need to Know about what Editors Do

Author: Gerald Gross

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802132635

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 377

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Essays discuss writers' conferences, editing for specific markets, the role of the editorial assistant, and editing specific genres

Telling True Stories

Navigating the challenges of writing narrative non-fiction

Author: Matthew Ricketson

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1742379354

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

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Explores the key challenges in writing narrative non-fiction, and shows how some of the best in the business do it - an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to tell true stories well.

The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist

Author: Thomas McCormack

Publisher: Paul Dry Books

ISBN: 1589880307

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 167

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"Lucid, thoughtful...writers and teachers will learn much from it...Belongs wherever Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style finds frequent use.”--Booklist "Writers will actually learn things here.”--Los Angeles Times "Perfect for teachers, critics and general readers.”--Library Journal "Required reading for all those who care about good fiction."--Kirkus Reviews Drawing upon twenty-eight years of experience as the CEO and editorial director of St. Martin’s Press, Thomas McCormack gives practical guidance about how to plan, write, and revise a novel. A standard reference for editors since its first publication in 1988, The Fiction Editor has also become popular with writers because McCormack’s advice is constructive at every step of the creative process. From individual word choice right up to the overarching effect of the work as a whole, he details how to structure the novel, choose the characters, drive the story, diagnose narrative ailments, and find and apply specific remedies. In this revised second edition, McCormack takes advantage of almost two decades of additional experience to clarify and expand on what he has learned. "Written in an amiable tone, often using examples, hypothetical writing scenarios, or dialogue-style discourse between industry professionals to clarify its points, The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist is a superb handbook for fiction writers but especially recommended for prospective and professional fiction editors."--Midwest Book Review Thomas McCormack edited authors as diverse as James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small) and Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs). He was awarded LMP's Lifetime Achievement Award and the AAP's Curtis Benjamin Award for Creative Publishing. For two years, he wrote "The Cheerful Skeptic" column in Publishers Weekly.