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eBook Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print ePub

by Renni Browne,Dave King

  • ISBN: 0060545690
  • Category: Writing Research and Publishing Guides
  • Subcategory: Reference
  • Author: Renni Browne,Dave King
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Subsequent edition (April 13, 2004)
  • Pages: 288
  • ePub book: 1632 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1640 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 764


Renni Browne and Dave King.

Renni Browne and Dave King. For Ruth, who makes so much possible. To my son, Ross Browne. During those years we’ve received a lot of feedback, both directly and in the form of manuscripts written by the book’s fans.

This book is the most helpful thing I have read on writing fiction. You should read Maas and Stein but do not fail to read Renni if you are serious about writing fiction and want help. Printed in the United States of America. often described in exhaustive (and exhausting) detail. For information, address HarperCollins Publishers In. 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. Nowadays literature is leaner and meaner, and it's often a good idea to give your readers just enough detail to jumpstart their imaginations so they can picture your settings for themselves.

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By (author) Renni Browne, By (author) Dave King.

Renni Browne and Dave King is the author of this stunning book. Authors: Renni Browne and Dave King. Publish Date: April 13, 2004.

Renni Browne, Dave King. Usage & Writing Guides. Black & White Illustrations. Trade Paperback (Us),Unsewn, Adhesive Bound. Country of Publication.

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 Browne and King have edited.


Qusserel Qusserel
Best money I've spent on a writing book. While King's On Writing is still my favorite in the genre, that's more memoir and muse than how-to. THIS book takes you from point a (rough draft) to point b (ready to find an agent and/or professional editor). It does assume you've already written your rough first draft, of course, though I don't think it's useless info even if you haven't.

The book is an easy read. Not ponderous nor pretentious. Just straightforward advice filled with real-world examples - from client submissions they've received as editors, to famous works, to gems from their editing workshops. The authors have a clear voice: upbeat, and to-the-point. It's accessible to every writer: from the seasoned and published writer with the English degree, to the brand newbie.

Each chapter closes with a point-by-point review of what's been covered followed by exercises that you can edit yourself (then "check your work" against their answers in the back of the book).

You may not agree with every stylistic choice the authors suggest, but, they are professionals, and if your goal is getting your book published, then this book will certainly bring you closer to that goal.

Burking Burking
'Self Editing for Fiction Writers' has helped me understand why so many people get rejections from publishing houses. If these are the things that editors use to evaluate manuscripts, then it is in my best interest to know what they are and fix them in my stories before I submit to a publishing house editor. The editor perspective on manuscript weaknesses was eye opening to me. As an avid reader and aspiring writer since childhood, I had no idea how much these weaknesses affected my appreciation of a story until these were pointed out to me in this book. Since reading it, I go back and read fiction that still has these weaknesses and those where they've been eliminated. The difference in the solidity and feel of the books astounded me. It's not that every single instance of an ( e.g.) adverb has to be removed, but multiple adverbs on every page, page after page gets tedious and affects the tone of the story. The same for the other suggestions the authors make. I simply wasn't aware of how much I did one or another of these writing patterns or the affect they unconsciously have on the reader. After years of critiquing in a critique group, I see that the issues these authors point out, repeated over and over in our member's submissions. I can see how many of the book's suggestions would consolidate, clarify and enrich the stories submitted. I never learned these suggestions in any writing classes I took, and from my fellow group members submissions, they didn't either.

So, if you want to get considered by a publishing house, it's very valuable to have insight into how they evaluate manuscripts for publication. If you're going to publish yourself, then you want to minimize the cost of what an editor has to change, or if going without an editor, strengthen your writing so It enhances your story. The best way to be convinced of the value of the suggestions in this book, is to join a critique group and see how many of the submitted stories could be improved by following these ideas.
Shalizel Shalizel
This book is about stylistic editing of your manuscript to make it more engaging and help it flow better. It’ll bring you that much closer to your authentic authorial voice no matter what your genre is.

Just to be clear, this is not a book about developmental/substantive editing. Other than some tips about plot twists and repetitions, this book doesn’t address things like character arcs and holes in the story line. (And it doesn’t purport to.)

Through the illustrative examples and the helpful exercises, I learned a lot. As far as the exercises go, they were short and meaningful, not long and tedious. (They were actually kinda fun to do!)

I can’t think of any negatives. Five stars, money well-spent!
Alsanadar Alsanadar
It is a great book for self editing. Short and concise. But it does hints to a certain level of rigidity to the editors that wrote this book.

I applied all the laws they were adamant about and looked for them within the works of my favorite writers. And the whole thing fell apart.

As if so many books disagree with what they had to say. What I want to say is to read this book but Don't follow every suggestion to the letter. Every writer needs a certain level of leeway with their writing.
Nejind Nejind
I learned a lot of good tips in here with regards to editing. The obvious things like eliminating -ly adverbs, repetitive words and effects, dialogue tags, etc. And the not so obvious thing like eliminating -ing start in a sentence. I also like its advice on how to listen to your voice by reading your manuscript and highlighting the words and sentences that sings to you and also the one that makes you cringe. This book is good for beginning writers. Plus, it has a checklist at the end of each chapter on what you can do to improve your draft.
Gavinranadar Gavinranadar
For me, this was THE book on writing in general. This was the one that turned it all around and made me really start working at the craft, instead of just toying. There was an ah-ha moment in every chapter, sometimes several. The concepts introduced are those kind of fundamentals that, once you've been introduced, seem obvious, but before that you probably never thought about them. At least, that's how it was for me when I read this. This book came to me at a time when I really needed it. It launched me on a serious career as a writer, and to this day I use it as a roadmap for every self-editing project I approach. I've read it cover to cover five times, and I know I'll read it at least another five before it has outlived its usefulness.