All writers, seasoned or newbie, should read, absorb, and put to use the lessons Don McNair offers in "Editor-Proof Your Writing." Lisa Rojany Buccieri, New York Journal of Books
Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Craveby Don McNair
Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for clearing up foggy writingwriting that's full of extra, misused, and overused wordsin this guide to producing sparkling copy that attracts readers, agents, editors, and sales. McNair explains the common mistakes made by most writers and shows how eliminating unnecessary words
Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for clearing up foggy writingwriting that's full of extra, misused, and overused wordsin this guide to producing sparkling copy that attracts readers, agents, editors, and sales. McNair explains the common mistakes made by most writers and shows how eliminating unnecessary words strengthens action, shorten sentences, and makes writing crackle with life. Containing 21 simple, straightforward principles, "Editor-Proof Your Writing" teaches how to edit weak verb forms, strip away author intrusions, ban redundancies, eliminate foggy phrases, correct passive-voice sentences, slash misused and overused words, and fix other writing mistakes. A superb addition to any writer's toolkit, this book will not only make writing clearer and more grammatical, it will also make it more concise, entertaining, and appealing to publishers.
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Don McNair spent his working life editing magazines, producing public relations materials for an international PR firm, and heading his own marketing communications firm, McNair Marketing Communications. He is the winner of three Golden Trumpets from the Publicity Club of Chicago and the Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America. He has authored hundreds of trade magazine articles, three how-to books, and several young-adult and suspense novels. He Lives in Foley, Alabama.
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This book is definitely one of the most valuable writer's references I've ever owned. I bought multiple copies. One for myself. And a second for my family to share. Thank you Mr. McNair. I'm beyond elated to have this book.
Some writers complain when they get their edits back. I'm not one of them. Well, maybe I groaned a bit when I saw all the blood on my first few books, but I've learned quite a bit since then, and the amount of red has gotten considerably less. I accept the comments and suggestions gratefully because I know the common goal is to produce a book that is the best it can be. This is a great time to be a writer. There are so many opportunities we didn't have in the past. Small press, self-publishing… But those same opportunities make self-editing even more important. Before submitting and after, we need to refine our manuscripts as much as possible. Don McNair's book makes that a lot easier. When I received an advance copy for review I was in the midst of edits and I worked through them using Editor-Proof Your Writing. I like the way the material is presented. The lessons are interesting without being overloaded with a lot of theory. I made good use of the twenty-one steps to fog-free writing. Steps such as – use fewer –ing words, change passive voice to active voice, eliminate double verbs and get rid of dialogue tags were very helpful. Do they work? Compare the before and after examples and see for yourself. It’s not just about the grammar and spelling. There's also good information on critique partners, publishers, and writing the query letter and synopsis. The book helped me produce a more polished story. I highly recommend it. Two thumbs up!