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The new book is thoroughly revised, updated, expanded, and Americanized. It maintains the attractions of the original--friendly, easy-to-understand rules for improved writing. It's a quick read, ...
A practical guide for writers, s)
The new book is thoroughly revised, updated, expanded, and Americanized. It maintains the attractions of the original--friendly, easy-to-understand rules for improved writing. It's a quick read, and an easy reference for anybody who wants to communicate clearly with American English.
The book is non-technical in its approach. It doesn't cover grammatical terms such as present perfect progressive or correlative conjunctions. It boils grammar and style into a few simple rules that will serve you well whether you are a journalist, a student, a novelist, a business executive, a blogger, or anybody else who would like to make effective use of written language.
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Author's note ix
Why learn editing? the benefits for you 11
Lean and clean: what editors do 12
The golden rules: for professional writing and editing 15
Ruthless people: what makes a good editor? 16
Be active: avoiding the passive voice 18
Split personalities: beware the split infinitive 22
Time for action: turning nouns into verbs 25
Small and pesky: two words that slow the pace 29
Nuisance value: more overused words 32
Is that so? how to avoid that 35
Every which way: the difference between which and that 37
Short is beautiful: avoid long sentences 40
Briefly speaking: a guide to shorter, simpler words 43
Pronouns: how to avoid confusion 52
Feeling single, seeing plural: more tricky pronouns 55
Collective nouns: which verb form do I use? 57
Clichés: avoid them like the plague 60
The future that is to come: the tautology trap 63
Stating the obvious: first cousin to the tautology 65
There, there: a few little words we can do without 67
Putting on the style: be consistent 69
Punctuation: basic rules 72
Contractions: when, and when not, to use them 82
To quote or not to quote: direct and indirect speech 83
Tricky, tricky: serial or cereal? 85
The plurals trap: don't get caught 88
Under a spell: a handy guide to difficult words 90
Oops: the misplaced phrase 91
If only: be careful to say what you mean 92
Now, see here: look out for this common error 94
Kid stuff: avoid slang 95
Former, latter, last: how to keep order 96
Get to the point: how to write a news story 97
Heads, you win: how to write a headline 99
Editing checklist: a last round-up 103
Hot tips: things to remember 105
And finally: set your standards high 107
Resources: things to keep handy 108
Posted July 12, 2012
This is a terrific book for people who want to write well without getting bogged down with complex rules. A quick read with remarkably simple instructions that will help you to write clearly and effectively, whether you are writing blogs, student papers, business reports, news articles, or books.
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Posted February 7, 2013
I picked up this book as a gift for a nephew who is about to embark on a journalism course at university. Flipping through it, I was so impressed by the contents that I bought myself
a copy! Kaplan's book is a joy because it treats its subject with respect and authority. It is clear, concise and readable. In fact, I suggest it should be available in schools for students from about 10 years upwards. It brilliantly traverses the generation gap.
Posted December 2, 2012
Definitely a book for anyone who hopes to edit their work. Bruce Kaplan provides an easy to read and use “how-to” guide of common errors everyone should know. In fact, I just used his book to clean up a few instances where I incorrectly used “that” in the above sentences. Ouch he is spot on!
I have a copy of his 12 golden rules taped to my computer monitor now.
Buy this small, inexpensive book and enjoy the advantages of better editing forever.
A must buy for anyone writing a blog, articles, business reports, school papers or books.
Sam Hendricks, author Fantasy Football Guidebook
Posted November 16, 2012
This is probably the handiest editing book ever written. No kidding. From start to finish it is a concise and complete reference for anyone involved in the editing or writing process. Mr. Kaplan demonstrates the most likely grammatical errors seen and some I'd never seen before. It is up-to-date with current word usage. He doesn't try to suggest any particular style of writing, rather he shows you how to make your style the best it can be. Anyone from textbook editors to club bulletin writers will find that Editing Made Easy will make their work easier and better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2012
There are some books that every writer should have on his/her bookshelf. This is not one of them. This book should be On The Writer's Desk so it is always handy to help with the editing process. I am a writer: I have read many books on editing. I have gotten confused by many books on editing, but with this book for the first time I understand when I should use "which" and when I should use "that." In the list of clichés, I found many that I commonly use that I had not realized were clichés. On page 15 is a list of 12 Golden Rules for professional writing and editing. The rest of the book expands on those rules. While the book does not mention the use of search and find in the editing process, I am, for example, going to search for the word "that" in all of my documents so I can examine each use of the word and determine whether it is needed, or whether I need to rephrase the sentence. I highly recommend this book.HerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2012
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