Reviewed by Kim Anisi
The Seven Day Manuscript Machine: Edit Your Children's Book to Genius in Only a Week by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod isbrilliant. The book works on the presumption that you do have a finished novel at hand - otherwise it will be hard to follow through with thedifferent tasks. There is one chapter for each of seven days (but you do not have to work through seven days in a row, you can do one day, thenhave two days break, then do another day, etc.). The first day of theseven days is all about grammar and spelling. Just for that I love theauthor. So many new writers just do not care about this aspect - and(gasp!) even publish books that are filled with mistakes. Then the bookmoves on to other topics like characters, word choice and the plot.After seven days, your own novel should look a lot better than it didbefore you worked through the different chapters.
...I am in the process of writing my own novel... Afterreading this fantastic book, I can say that I would recommend this bookto ALL authors who would like to give their book a good "scrub" beforethey hand it over to a professional editor. ...The cleaner your copy is, the more your editor can focus on realproblems (i.e. not stupid spelling and grammar mistakes). I wish bookslike this were forced upon writers who want to publish a book!