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Posted December 17, 2012
The Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers is a very well done book. It was short, but informative and helpful, cutting right to the chase. It wasn't patronizing or overly descriptive in its content, nor did it hold out on information.
McKenna used specific examples when discussing the do's and don't's when writing, and I found it's something to keep on hand, especially as a writer myself. I particularly liked the line where she told the readers that even editors, when they write, need editors. It's true.
Self editing your own work is never going to come out perfectly. As a writer, our brains know what we meant to say and often we mentally correct the sentence as we read it, making it more difficult to spot mistakes. However, this book points out some very decent ways to tighten up a manuscript, especially if you're a self editing writer.
It definitely gets a five of five stars, and I recommend authors pick this up to keep on hand.