Getting readers past page one, despite your ‘explosive, fast paced hitting-the-ground-running opening’, is what this guide is all about.
Applying the 55 easy editing steps to your fiction will allow reviewers and readers to evaluate your novel purely on the strength of your story and not on clumsy and weak prose, overuse of adverbs, repetition, and flabbiness. And in the process, you will learn to become an experienced and competent editor.
Use these 55 steps to:
Find redundant adjectives and overused adverbs
Banish boring words
Learn dialogue writing
Write characters more effectively
Discover over thirty overused words and phrases such as that, it, up/down, was/were, had, even, got, etc.
Reduce overuse of exclamations and the ellipsis
Use italics, quotations, and capitalisation properly
Target word pairs and homophones
Improve your proofreading and editing skills
Handle numbers and time effectively
...And discover more about flow, show not tell, writing tenses, dialogue handling and more.
All About Copyediting will not tell you how to write a novel, nor how to write like Tolstoy, or any other author. It will certainly not explain how to write bestselling fiction, how to make money, or guarantee you marketing success. What it will guarantee, is to give your novel the best chance it can get in a tough, competitive, and new publishing world.
"An indispensable guide for amateurs and professionals of any theme of word-based creation."
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"A very useful tool to have on hand."
"A must read for any writer to avoid sending a clanger of a draft to a reviewer or publisher! Great value."
"The style is clear and accessible. This is a book that I have found invaluable as I rewrite and revise my fiction drafts. Highly recommended"
"...gives you simple, clear rules and 55 easy steps to check your book for. It won't turn a poor writer into a great one, but it will help you avoid common mistakes and give you tools to turn telling into showing"
"An extremely useful guide for editing manuscripts, written as a set of editing tips."
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