Review: Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave by Don McNair

Title: Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave.
Author: Don McNair
Publisher: Quill Driver Books
ISBN: 978-1-61035-178-2

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell

"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."

This book is for both self-publishers and writers that wish to submit their manuscripts to Publishers and agents. It's divided into 3 main sections; "Putting words in", "Taking words out" and "sharing your words".

In this book McNair uses his extensive editing experience to outline his 21 steps for "de-fogging" your manuscript. Every chapter is easy to follow and lays out what you need to do in simple step by step instructions. Each also ends with an assignment so you can put the steps covered into practice.

An excellent resources for writers of all genres.



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