Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing

An earlier version of Editing Made Easy, published in Bruce Kaplan’s native Australia, has become a best-selling resource for writers in much or the English-speaking world. Because of the different spellings and conventions of American English, it has been unavailable here–until now. The new book is thoroughly revised, updated, expanded, and Americanized. It maintains the attractions of the original–friendly, easy-to-understand rules for improved writing. It’s a quick read, and an easy reference for anybody who wants to communicate clearly with American English. The book is non-technical in its approach. It doesn’t cover grammatical terms such as present perfect progressive or correlative conjunctions. It boils grammar and style into a few simple rules that will serve you well whether you are a journalist, a student, a novelist, a business executive, a blogger, or anybody else who would like to make effective use of written language.  

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  1. Editing Made Easy There are some books that every writer should have on his/her bookshelf. This is not one of them. This book should be On The Writer’s Desk so it is always handy to help with the editing process. I am a writer: I have read many books on editing. I have gotten confused by many books on editing, but with this book for the first time I understand when I should use “which” and when I should use “that.” In the list of clichés, I found many that I commonly use that I had not realized were…

  2. A handy reference Editing Made Easy is a slim book, very much in the manner of Elements of Style by Strunk and White. Bruce Kaplan’s book, however is written for the modern American audience. While no style guide is universal, as Kaplan points out, the information in this book addresses the most common usage. Kaplan notes where style guides differ by industry and cautions the writer to read the target publication before submitting material for consideration and to write in the style of that publication…

  3. Easy-to-use reference As an author of both fiction and non-fiction, I was impressed with the amount of useful information Kaplan has packed into this easy-to-use reference. My copy has a dozen dog-eared pages already, and loads of yellow high-liter to boot. Not only does Kaplan concisely explain the rules of writing, but he also is quick to identify when a “rule” is really a style. In addition, he provides hundreds of examples, a benefit I find especially useful. So, now I know what a split infinitive is and why it…

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