Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing

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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, ...

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Overview

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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In this U.S. edition of his Australian book of the same title, longtime newspaper editor Kaplan offers no-frills advice to self-editors. He stresses the value of writers who know how to edit their own work. His approach is similar to Bruce Ross-Larson's Edit Yourself. In 37 short chapters, Kaplan covers most thorny writing difficulties, such as split infinitives, tautologies, and misplaced modifiers. This is a book with lots of lists and white space: it would seem just as well suited to use in a digital format as in the traditional print version. The book's portability and its low price make it especially useful for college students and bloggers. VERDICT This affordable, bare-bones guide will appeal to writers (and others who have to write)—especially those who like referring to a handy list of do's and don'ts.—Stacey Rae Brownlie, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942679366
  • Publisher: Upper Access, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/15/2012
  • Edition description:


    A practical guide for writers, s

  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 689,582
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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Table of Contents

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

Index 110

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    This is a terrific book for people who want to write well withou

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    I picked up this book as a gift for a nephew who is about to emb

    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.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

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    Definitely a book for anyone who hopes to edit their work. Bruce

    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

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    This is probably the handiest editing book ever written. No kidd

    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.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

    There are some books that every writer should have on his/her bo

    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

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