Murder of a Manuscript – Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard

Few things are more heartbreaking for a writer than giving birth to a manuscript and handing it over to an agent, editor, or publisher only to see it killed in its infancy. How do you prevent your prodigy from taking a bullet to the heart? By learning the basics and making sure your manuscripts are as clean and professional as possible.

Whether you re a new writer or a seasoned author, the ability to edit and proofread your own material is crucial. Along with recognizing common errors, a writer should know the lingo of the writing and publishing industry, and have a good grasp of plotting, POV, crafting dialog, and so much more. Murder of a Manuscript will test your knowledge and give you the tools to polish your prose so the epitaph won t read: Here lie the remains of my first book. It never had a chance to show the world how wonderful it could have been.

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  1. SAVED! Andrea Merrell puts it plain and simple. How to save your manuscript! There are basic rules, certain “need to know”, obvious mistakes that must be fixed, reworked and repaired before a manuscript is ready to present. Often in the mind of writers, what we’ve written can’t be improved upon. . .but it can. Merrell reminds experienced writers and teaches new writers the simple basics that will help make their work the best it can be. Murder of a Manuscript is excellent for first time…

  2. Wait. Don’t submit your manscript before you read this book! Andrea Merrell is an experienced editor who shares tips for self-editing your manuscript in this short book. Her hints cover the most common errors that editors find in manuscripts–and although the cover suggests book length manuscripts, Merrell’s advice applies equally to writing articles, books, and even your query letters to publishers. If you are ready to submit your manuscript, measuring it against Merrell’s checklists could make all the difference between a quick rejection or a…

  3. Excellent concise guide Murder of a Manuscript is a concise guide for writing for publication. You get what the title promises—basic tips and must-know details about writing and editing your work. I have an English degree and years of experience as a grammar and writing teacher, and I still learned some things from this well-written guide. It’s only 45 pages so it’s not a comprehensive source, but Mrs. Merrell includes the basic guidelines every writer needs to know. She writes “editing can…

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