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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (1993)

by Renni Browne

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I liked this book a lot. Editing is *really* difficult for me and this book had a ton of good tips about how to do it. ( )
  selfcallednowhere | May 8, 2016 |
This is an objective, goal oriented book for revising your manuscript. The checklists are quite useful and the explanations surely helpful. I recommend it as revision reference. ( )
  Leticia.Toraci | Feb 10, 2016 |
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print, is an excellent guide, and one I recommend checking out. I think the title may be unintentionally limiting, as this is not just a guide on self-editing, but a valuable resource for avoiding many common writing mistakes in the first place.

The guide teaches techniques that transform promising manuscripts into published works by taking the reader through the same processes an editor goes through. The book targets common mistakes and explains how to edit what you've written. The points are illustrated with an abundance of 'before' and 'after' example excerpts drawn from works of famous writers and/or books Browne and King have edited.

The two minor criticisms I have are that the authors could be less self-referential and the example passages could be shorter and more to the point, while still being effective. Not everything presented in Self-Editing for Fiction Writers will be new to you, but you may find fresh insight as to why certain issues are deemed problematic and the reasons behind why it's best to avoid them.

If using a selection from The Great Gatsby as an example of showing how certain passages can be improved is a turn-off, beware, for this happens. However, if you can approach this book with an open mind and focus on the words (and not the legendary baggage that comes with them), it can be a valid and rewarding learning experience as well as a handy reference guide. ( )
  CMSkiera | Jan 26, 2016 |
Straightforward, with lots of helpful tips and good examples, as well as practice exercises to try. I can imagine myself wanting to come back to this book a lot in the future--as it was, I was already working on other minor editing points and wasn't able to engage with the exercises (or its recommendations for my manuscript) as much as I would have liked. ( )
  elephantine | Nov 27, 2015 |
Not a bad book, was not so logical for me though. ( )
  KVHardy | Jan 2, 2015 |
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In memory of Edwin Spotswood Dillard,
without whom there might be no Editorial Department,
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Because self-editing is probably the only kind of editing your manuscript will ever get.
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There'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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"Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories." "In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Brown and King have edited."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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