Polish Your Fiction: A Quick & Easy Self-Editing Guide

Polish Your Fiction A Quick Easy Self Editing Guide Are you ready to publish or submit to a literary agent You might be But is your manuscript as squeaky clean as you think Polish Your Fiction A Quick Easy Self Editing Guide will help turn your manuscr

  • Title: Polish Your Fiction: A Quick & Easy Self-Editing Guide
  • Author: Jessica Bell
  • ISBN: 9780992509712
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • Are you ready to publish or submit to a literary agent You might be But is your manuscript as squeaky clean as you think Polish Your Fiction A Quick Easy Self Editing Guide will help turn your manuscript into a shiny book.With than ten years experience as an editor and author of both fiction and nonfiction, I offer you my tried and tested advice on the quickAre you ready to publish or submit to a literary agent You might be But is your manuscript as squeaky clean as you think Polish Your Fiction A Quick Easy Self Editing Guide will help turn your manuscript into a shiny book.With than ten years experience as an editor and author of both fiction and nonfiction, I offer you my tried and tested advice on the quickest and easiest ways to polish different areas of Writing Style, Consistency of Prose, Grammar, Punctuation, Typography, and Layout.Each section is armed with a numbered checklist for moments when you need that at a glance reminder and nifty Microsoft Word tricks that will save you time At the end of the book there are also magnificent accounts of editorial mistakes other authors have made during their careers, to show you that no matter how many times a book is edited, something always slips through so don t be so hard on yourself Indispensable companion to the bestselling Writing in a Nutshell series.

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    1. Oh no, not another book on writing? Actually, I liked this one. Short, fast read that concentrated on the essentials with no waffle and padding, but still written in an easy-to-read, slightly humorous style.This book won't teach you how to write, and doesn't pretend to, but serves as a great reference to have nearby when you come to edit your manuscript. Divided into clear sections, so that you can concentrate on one thing at a time, like punctuation, POV, tense etc. Each section has a handy che [...]

    2. Polish Your Fiction is another title in Jessica Bell’s “in a nutshell” series. It is subtitled “A quick and easy self-editing guide”, which is a very apt description. Interestingly, although Jessica gives great tips on self-editing, she very much advo0cates using a third party editor too.The book contains information and advice about how to tighten up on your descriptions and dialogue, and also advice on the correct way of writing numbers, dashes, dates and other stuff. She even goes i [...]

    3. Having enjoyed and found helpful Jessica Bell's "In A Nutshell" series of writing guides, I was looking forward to reading this one, not least because I am at the polishing stages of a book of my own which is due out on 21st June (a collection of flash fiction called "Quick Change"). I've spent most of my working life needing to edit written copy, whether for business reports, PR materials or journalism, yet this book offered plenty of new advice that I'm sure I'll find useful.The biggest surpri [...]

    4. I have long been a fan of Jessica Bell's excellent writing craft books, and this one is no exception. Short and to the point, as Bell points out, this book is for adding that final sparkle to your writing that gives your work that professional, edited edge. I already used the first section to help with a story I am writing and I found the tips practical and easy to implement. If, like me, you are mostly a non-fiction writer, this book is also for you since the second section, covering style, app [...]

    5. I cannot put to words how much I loved “Polish Your Fiction”. If you’re a writer, you need this book.“Polish Your Fiction” gives you simple and straightforward advice that is worth sooo much more than the price of the book. Seriously, let’s say you paid X. The value you’ll get is X * 500. And the checklists, bro. The checklists are awesome. I’m someone who learns by doing. I don’t need a lot of theory; I need examples. Jessica delivers both in a very dynamic way. This book answ [...]

    6. Amazing book! It's not a big book but it packs a punch. The suggestions are realistic and practice. A must have for all writing shelves.

    7. This is a must-have guide for any writer, and really proves that even when you make an effort to learn as much as you can about writing and editing, there is STILL more you can learn. There will always be more. Jessica Bell's guide does exactly what the cover promises. It's a quick and easy guide - no complicated terms, no waffling, just straight to the point, and super effective. Depending on how much work your novel needs, the actual editing part might be quite time consuming, but the learning [...]

    8. When it comes time to polish my work before it goes out into the reading world, I don't have time to crawl through hundreds of pages of writer guides explaining in excruciating detail how to improve my fiction writing. Essentially, what I want is a checklist. A checklist I can work through quickly and methodically to target every area of my manuscript. And that's exactly what Jessica Bell's POLISH YOUR FICTION gave me. Straightforward and to the point, with the occasional dash of humour, this bo [...]

    9. I definitely recommend this for writers who have finished their manuscript. It's a quick read but jam packed with so much information and so many tips that I wouldn't have thought to look for before.

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