Based on the popular "Writing Clinic" column in Writer's Digest, this book is a compilation of real manuscripts from beginning writers critiqued by "the country's top book doctors and writing instructors," the majority of whom list some form of professional affiliation with the magazine. The book is divided into sections on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with additional sections on query letters, novel synopses, and nonfiction proposals, all critiqued in the same way. The critiques offer suggestions for improvement and feature the original editing marks and handwritten comments. Also offered are an overview and discussion of such topics as point of view, exposition, and climax, as well as "Your Turn!" assignments at the end of each chapter. The text is rounded out by a helpful glossary of editing marks and several pertinent appendixes, including a directory of established writing associations. Recommended for all public libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.