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Fix Your Damn Book!: A Self-Editing Guide for Authors: How to Painlessly Self-Edit Your Novels & Stories Kindle Edition
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We all make mistakes when we write. The editing process is all about fixing those mistakes. But where do you start? Do you start with fixing those pesky commas and tense issues or do you fix plot holes first? What about beta readers? What do they do and how do you find a good one? If you've ever asked any of those questions, this is a book you'll want in your library.
Indie writers will find almost every section of this book useful, even if they don't plan on self-editing. Baldwin takes you through common mistakes and provides suggestions on how to avoid them. Best of all, he examines common pitfalls and bad advice that is constantly repeated by amateur writers and editors everywhere and then goes a step further, explaining why what "they say" may not be so correct after all. Passive voice is a daunting mystery to a lot of authors. This book has the best examples I've seen concerning what it is and why it may or may not be something you want to avoid (or even adopt in the right circumstances).
There aren't many guides for self-editors out on the market today. Most books on how to write or how to edit are dry or else the author comes off as a bit of a know-it-all. Not so here. Baldwin takes a very down to Earth and humorous approach, resorting at one point to comparing editing to speaking in your Samuel L. Jackson voice. The pace is quick and entertaining, since the book functions both as an interactive guide (I know I'll be referencing some of the suggested activities) and a pep talk all in one.
If you're an editor, author, or just someone interested in the editing process or indie publishing as a whole, you need this book. Mr. Baldwin knows his stuff.
From a fellow editing professional perspective, I think it is an absolutely fabulous book. It's clear, succinct, and can either be read right through or used as a point of reference for the various stages. I've read a few books on self-editing, and this has to be the best of the lot so far. I intend to buy the paperback and add it to my collection of reference books so I can dip into it as and when I need to.
From the perspective of an unpublished author/writer, it answers questions and doubts for the areas I'm not so aware of.
This is where James' book really shines. It has a lot of information, it covers pretty much any topic you could have come up, and it is entertaining to read. That says a lot, books focused on information like this that don't bore you to tears are hard to come by.
I'm brand new to trying to edit, but this books was interesting and I learned a lot and it gave me the confidence to really go forward with the next step after writing my book. I also really liked the space in the written copy to jot down notes (yea, I write in my books, get the horror out of the way now).
If you have to edit and you have no idea where to start, and want to be entertained while you learn, give this one a shot.