If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Editor-Proof Your Writing






Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps To The Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave by Don McNair
Don McNair’s extensive experience as an editor and author show up in his clear, readable book on how to avoid foggy writing.   This is the most complete writing book I have ever read.  Mc Nair takes his reader from the first sentence of his or her work in progress to submitting the polished work to a publisher or an agent.

Editor-Proof Your Writing starts from the premise that to be able to fix problems in your writing, an author first needs to know what the problems are.  McNair has developed a systematic approach an author can follow to discover and correct the type of errors that doom an otherwise well-written submission to the rejection pile.  His book is organized into progressive chapters with exercises to help readers understand the concepts. Readers also are encouraged to apply the knowledge learned to their own work in progress so the WIP improves steadily as the reader works through the chapters.

 McNair covers important mistakes culled from his many years as an editor.  His writing is clear and easy to follow.  Although he focuses on errors, he is not critical. He encourages his readers, noting that writing skills can be improved with attention and practice. 
His advice to weed out the word “had,” touched on one of my personal bad habits. Had I known this technique earlier in my career I would have had less editing to do.

I think his book would be especially useful for authors who have completed a work in progress and who wonder what the next step should be. 


6 comments:

Jacqueline Seewald said...

"had" and "was" are bad habits for me as well. I constantly have to go back and fix them with more active verbs.

Good advice!

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I've been trying to clean up inactive verbs, too. It sounds as if this is a book every writer could use. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Alyx Morgan said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Warren. I'm sure I use "had" more than is necessary, too.

E. B. Davis said...

There are various phases a developing writer undergoes. When you're not traveling, Warren, could you rate the author's advice against writing level. Do you feel this is book is worth buying for the advanced writer, for example?

LD Masterson said...

Thank you, Warren. I'll take a look.

don-mcnair said...

Don McNair here. Thanks for the review, Warren.