Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

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"A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache."-- Library Journal

Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.

In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.

Title:Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780060545697
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    Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print Reviews

  • Taka

    Great tips--As a writer, I winced at every amateur mistake they listed that applied to me. The book tells you how to write a story and edit it so that the reader can identify with the characters and e...

  • Becka Sutton

    There are three kinds of writing books. * Those that try to tell you how to get published. These books generally claim to have found the magic formula to get publishers to accept your book. The proble...

  • Spencer Orey

    Super useful. The first chapter on narration vs action is worth the price alone. Best explanation of show vs. tell I've found yet....

  • Jacqui

    I am a big self-editor. I don't want a professional editor or even my writer's group to see my writing before it's as good as I can get it. I'm like that in all parts of my life. I clean the house bef...

  • Kelly

    I should have read this book seven years ago, which is when I bought it. I find non-fiction (and any story lacking the presence of aliens) difficult to focus on, though. Maybe I thought having it on m...

  • Jennifer

    I’m not a writer or an editor. I’m just a person who loves to read and learn, and I definitely learned a lot from this book. This is not a book on grammar but on writing fiction. Browne and King c...

  • William Aicher

    My second read-through of this book. The first time I read it was when I started the editing process for my novel, A Confession. This read-through is while I'm editing my upcoming novel, 'The Unfortun...

  • Malin

    Even though I think there's a need for a book that explains the basic "how-to's" for beginner writers, this book had too many good "bad examples" and too many bad "good examples" to be objective. The ...

  • Helen Power

    This book was fantastic! I was worried that there would be too much focus on the mechanics of writing (ex. where to put commas, how to pluralize names that end in 's', etc.), but Browne and King truly...

  • Lewis Weinstein

    UPDATED 5/12/15 ... Read it again. The margins are filled with notes. It is so helpful to read this while I am in the midst of editing my own novel-in-progress.***This is an absolutely terrific book ....