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Be Your Own Editor

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Are you uncertain when to use affect or effect? Loath or loathe? Compliment or complement? Do you struggle with character development, establishing realistic dialogue and composing articles, proposals or manuscripts?

Be Your Own Editor by Sigrid Macdonald offers a crash course in grammar basics, starting with punctuation and proper use of the dreaded apostrophe. It suggests ways to identify frequently misused words; to devise strong characters and background settings in fiction; and to structure nonfiction.

Nowadays, we're all writers — we write blogs, essays and business proposals. Professional authors write short stories, newspaper articles and manuscripts. If your writing is good, but you question your grammar and organizational skills, this informative, reader-friendly manual is for you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (January 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2010
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LBS7OQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

For would be Writers

 on October 20, 2014
By James R. Holder
A very good overview on editing your own writing

Be Your Own Editor

 on May 27, 2012
By Shirley Kalpin Olson
I have read your book and have gotten a lot of helpful information from it. Thanks for putting together all the ways which are default in many of our writing. This book will be something I will make useful through all of my writing. Thanks again. Shirley

Useful little book.

 on May 19, 2013
By Wendy Gibbins
A straight to the point grammar book, with no waffling. It clears up some questions on basic grammar you may have in a too the point fashion.

Quick and Helpful Advice for All Writers

 on July 4, 2012
By Barbara Florio Graham
Sigrid is a well-respected editor who offers advice to every writer who wants to ensure his or her work is as close to perfect as possible.

Real tips

 on June 3, 2011
By meik1
Finally, a book with real tips. This up to date guide is great for writers, (especially those who self publish) and anyone who wants to improve their editing skills. It has up to date advice about different types of writing – fantasy, dialogue, essay, blog… The grammar tips are right on target. The author’s sense of humor is evident throughout this book, which makes this an informative AND entertaining read. A must read for all writers!

Hints to look for in editing

 on April 22, 2014
By writer2050
MacDonald begins with checking out the good and bad of the protagonist. Does the dialogue have idiomatic expressions? Is the plot plausible? Use descriptive colours for the background setting. Describe the buildings. Best hint: balance narrative with dialogue – if there’s 5 pages of narrative, it’s too much. For transitional sentences, make sure the opening sentence in a paragraph relates to the previous paragraph. Watch for common jargon – omit e.g. awesome. Finally there are quizzes to test the reader. I found this book helpful.

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