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

“A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.”–Library JournalThere’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

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  1. I seized my magic marker. I writhed with shame. “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers” literally had me writhing. At least my toes curled and I kept saying, “Ouch,” as chapter after chapter critiqued yet another one of my cherished writing habits (‘Tom Swifties’ for one). I have two suggestions for potential readers: (1) bypass “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers” completely if you have a delicate ego; (2) if you do read it, stock up on several different colors of magic markers and keep your manuscript nearby. It…

  2. This is required reading. Read, follow the checklists, and complete the exercises included with each chapter. Check your versions in the Answers to Exercises section of the book. Applying the techniques within this book will help you write, not just for publication, but something that is memorable. 

  3. Top editing advice from the pros A lot of succesful published authors could learn from this book. It’s written by two gifted editors who worked for major publishing houses and edited writers like Erica Jong and Sol Stein. I’m a professional writer (nonfiction)and writing teacher with a master’s in language arts and I learned more about writing fiction from this text than any other source. It can’t give you what you don’t have in the way of ideas or talent, but it can make your writing much better and help you avoid the kinds…

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