- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 17, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1450507654
- ISBN-13: 978-1450507653
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,641,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy Paperback – February 17, 2010
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...[This booklet] offer[s] real help. Writers polishing their manuscripts and query letters will find this guide more useful than Strunk and White.
--June Casagrande, author of "Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies" (Penguin)
"Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips For Writers" is highly recommended reading for anyone preparing to write pretty much anything -- and a fascinating read in its own right ..." --James A. Cox, Editor in Chief, Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Carolyn Howard-Johnson has nearly three decades of retail experience plus oodles more in the fields of journalism, public relations, publishing, and marketing. She consults in the three Ps: publishing, promotion, and publicity and is the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and a series for retailers. Her how-to books are multi award-winners including awards from USA Book News, New Generation Indie Award, Reader Views Award and many others. The marketing she has done for her award-winning fiction and poetry puts her in a unique position to advise other authors with The Frugal Book Book Promoter, second edition. Howard-Johnson was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature and American Business Women’s Association Impact Council. "Pasadena Weekly" honored her for literary activism and she was given her community's Diamond Award in Arts and Culture. She has been an instructor for UCLA's world renowned Writers' Program for nearly a decade and is occasionally a guest speaker for fellow instructors and the career center there. Her Web site is www.HowToDoItFrugally.com where she offers a free craft and book marketing focused newsletter along with a free gift for subscribing. She blogs on book marketing at www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com.
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By Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed by Billie A Williams
Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy
As Always Carolyn Howard-Johnson delivers a succinct, easy to follow guide that really does take you by the hand and help you over the editing hurdles. You will buy pass the "Gatekeepers" if you follow her directions.
Whether you plan to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher, you will need to make sure your prose is as good as it can be and this little guide will certainly put you ahead of the pack.
I highly recommend any of Carolyn Howard-Johnson's book and this is no exception.
Go get it now! You won't be sorry.
Billie A Williams
However, that said, it is well done and now sits right next to my very worn copy of "20,000 words", "The American Heritage Dictionary of The English Language" and "Strunk and White The Elements of Style."
A few small errors in a manuscript or piece of writing may seem like a minor problem, but they mark the writer as an amateur and can be just what an overworked editor is looking for in order to move your unread manuscript over to the slush pile. At best, they make the writer look sloppy and uneducated. At worst, you may be conveying something quite different to what you had in mind. Not all of writing is this clear and straightforward, so ensuring that you understand and are able to easily use and distinguish commonly confused words correctly is more than just a good thing. It's essential. That so much helpful advice is couched in such light-hearted, easy to read and entertaining prose is due to Howard-Johnson's capability. This little book has a simplicity that belies the importance of what it's conveying. Do yourself, and your readers, a favour and make sure that you choose the right word every time you write.
Magdalena Ball is the author of Repulsion Thrust
If you or someone you know went through school fighting the English language--cannot spell, were not taught grammar, or simply struggle with the English language and its propensity for homonyms-- this is a book that should LIVE on your desk, in your notebook, or next to your computer.
Whether you write in coffee shops, on the beach, or catalog notes on your smart phone, there will come a time to make your draft letter-perfect.
When it's time to finalize a job application, a query letter or a manuscript submission, refer to "Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips."
The basics such as "altogether" vs. "all together" to the arcane, "karat" vs. "carat" appear in clear explanations. Howard-Jones keeps the lessons light with personal anecdotes and strong examples.
Skip your spell-checker except for typos and buy this book for the knowledge of what is the what. Or is it what is the which?
Regardless, (no irregardless, please!), write with confidence and enjoy.
ps: I edited this review after finding an egregious spelling error. Apologies, Carolyn.
However, I'm holding back some final praise unless you guarantee me there will be others like this to follow. Yes? I mean, what about the words, "title--entitled?" Or "affect--effect?" I can go on. They don't call me a gabologist for nothing. Do me and the rest of the literary world a favor. Get back to the keyboard and crank them out. Of course they're not for meeee, they're for a friend. Ahem.
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