- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399533958
- ISBN-13: 978-0399533952
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore
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About the Author
Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers. The author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Top customer reviews
What I really appreciate is that Elizabeth Lyon recognizes that different authors have different styles and she offers advice that should work for most. This isn't a rigid, follow my instructions or else cookbook. However, it does offer real and specific guidelines that are more than vague ideas. Considering how many how-to books don't achieve this nice balance, I find this one a treat.
Her 'deep listening' concept that invites really paying attention to the sound and flow of the words has been especially helpful. I also appreciate that the novel as a story is emphasized. A story is more than the sum of its technical parts and each of us has our own way to tell our unique story. Ms. Lyon encourages that unique voice throughout the book.
I'm using it along with "Self Editing for Fiction Writers", which is also an excellent book. While both cover much of the same ground, reading the advice from different viewpoints makes both more effective.