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I'm sure I'll be referring to this book for many years to come. Highly recommended.
But this book is also an example of what not to do--meaning that it suffers from a lack of proofreading. Obvious typos throughout the book should have been caught and fixed. For example, "There are countless resources to find this out this information." The first "this" should not be there.
That example brings me to another point: this book doesn't always follow its own rules. For example, the "there are" construction is one of the 55 edits to remove (as it creates a weak sentence), yet "there are" and "there is" constructions are used in multiple places throughout the book.
And a couple of statements in the book are flat out incorrect. For example, this sentence is used: "John had a feeling Bill was watching him." The author states that the use of "had" in this sentence is the Deep Past (pluperfect) tense. But that is not true. This sentence is simple past--"had" here is used as the past tense of "have." For this sentence to be in pluperfect, it would need to be written as "John had had a feeling Bill was watching him."
Finally, the biggest grievance of them all: "Jane Austin"? Really? Come on. It was almost enough to make me stop reading the book in the first chapter but I decided to give it another chance (and then found Jane "Austin" used again in a later chapter. Argh!).