Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Self-Editing EHLP!!

Wendsday....ah, the ewek is alsot done!

I guess the above sentence shows the importance of editing and of course I did it to make a point. If you are like me, you will read your work over and over again and think you've managed to get all your typos, miss-spellings and quirks out of your writing only to have it read by a friend and they find a mistake in the first chapter and you feel deflated -- DON'T because this is normal. It's always harder to see our own mistakes and that is why it is so important to edit, edit, edit.

There are several resources available for this and I've reviewed three to help save other authors and writers some time.

Amazon Rating: #12027 in books, 4 1/2 stars (173 reviews)

Product Description: 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.

Amazon Rating: #37947 in books, 5 stars (27 reviews)

Product Description: Turn your knack for language into a lucrative career with must-know techniques and resources for maximizing your accuracy and speed.

Interested in becoming a copyeditor or proofreader? Want to know more about what each job entails? This friendly guide helps you position yourself for success. Polish your skills, build a winning résumé and land the job you've always wanted. Books, magazines, Web sites, corporate documents - find out how to improve any type of publication and make yourself indispensable to writers, editors, and your boss.
  • Balance between style and rules
  • Master the art of the query
  • Use proofreader symbols
  • Edit and proof electronic documents
  • Build a solid freelancing career

    Amazon Rating: #17676 in books, 5 stars (5 reviews)

    Product Description: Editing is often seen as one item on a list of steps in the writing process—usually put somewhere near the end, and often completely crowded out of writer's workshop. Too many times daily editing lessons happen in a vacuum, with no relationship to what students are writing.

    In Everyday Editing, Jeff Anderson asks teachers to reflect on what sort of message this approach sends to students. Does it tell them that editing and revision are meaningful parts of the writing process, or just a hunt for errors with a 50/50 chance of getting it right—comma or no comma?

    Instead of rehearsing errors and drilling students on what's wrong with a sentence, Jeff invites students to look carefully at their writing along with mentor texts, and to think about how punctuation, grammar, and style can be best used to hone and communicate meaning.

    Written in Jeff's characteristically witty style, this refreshing and practical guide offers an overview of his approach to editing within the writing workshop as well as ten detailed sets of lessons covering everything from apostrophes to serial commas. These lessons can be used throughout the year to replace Daily Oral Language or error-based editing strategies with a more effective method for improving student writing. 

    Make sure your writing is the best it can be and make sure you edit :-)


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