Tuesday, January 8, 2013

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR: Editor-Proof Your Writing by Don McNair

Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Book Tour for Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave by Don McNair, a self-editing manual available April 1 from Quill Driver Books. The tour will run April 1 - 19, and Don is available for guest post and interviews. A print copy of the book is available for review in conjunction with a guest post or interview.

Don will award one randomly chosen commenter their choice of books from his backlist. The books can be seen at his website.

Most editing manuals are like geography books. They give great information, but don’t show how to get from place to place. Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave is a GPS that leads you through the writing jungle to solve your specific writing problems. Most editing manuals are like dictionaries from which you’re asked to select words to write the Great American Novel. This book shows what words to use and what words NOT to use. Most editing manuals are loaded with mind-numbing theory. This one presents knowledge a step at a time and asks you to apply what you learned—a step at a time—to your manuscript’s first chapter. Along the way you’ll also edit a nine-chapter melodrama and check your editing against the author’s. When you finish, you’ll have an editor-proofed first chapter and will be ready to edit the rest of your book. This system was proven to work in three years of weekend and online classes, titled Editor-Proof That Chapter and Twenty-One Steps to Fog-Free Writing. They are parts One and Two of this book. Part Three discusses finding and working with critique partners, professional editors, publishers, and agents. The students loved the concept! This book is perfect for use in classrooms. The information is presented in bite-sized lessons which can be assigned daily. 

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