Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writingby Bruce Kaplan
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An earlier version of Editing Made Easy, published in Bruce Kaplan's native Australia, has become a best-selling resource for writers in much or the English-speaking world. Because of the different spellings and conventions of American English, it has been unavailable here--until now.
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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Meet the Author
Bruce Kaplan is a newspaper editor and editorial trainer with more than 40 years' international experience. He has held senior positions with major publications in Australia, Hong Kong and
Singapore. An Australian edition of his book Editing Made Easy has become a standard reference and learning guide in Australia and elsewhere: his new book expands on that work and, for the first time, adapts it to the spellings and conventions of U.S. English.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.Her