“Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print” by Renni Browne and Dave King

Amazon.com Review
There’s not much of the old-style editing going on at publishing houses today. Renni Browne, veteran of William Morrow and other publishers, founded the Editorial Department in 1980 to teach fiction writers the techniques professional editors (many of whom have gone independent) use to prepare a manuscript for publication. In this book, she and senior editor Dave King share their accumulated expertise in a series of brilliantly compact lessons. One page from their simply and markedly improved version of a scene from The Great Gatsby alone would make a compelling advertisement for their techniques. Very highly recommended. –MTB –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
Both novice and seasoned fiction writers can ensure themselves greater publishing success by correcting textual problems before submitting their manuscripts to an editor. This exemplary instruction manual offers readers the wisdom of two experienced editors who focus on writing/editing techniques (the mechanics of dialog, characterization, point of view, etc.). Adhering to fiction’s underlying principle of “show and tell,” this lively text includes both good and bad examples in each lesson. At the end of every chapter is a tip checklist to match against one’s own work and two or three exercises with which to practice and reinforce the chapter’s topic. A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.
- Cathy Sabol, Northern Virginia Community Coll., Manassas

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