Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to edit yourself into print

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

A Review: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

One of the 'rewards' I give myself when I publish a new book is a copy of the book just publishing in paperback and a book on writing or editing.

The most recent writing/editing book I purchased was Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to edit yourself into print by Renni Browne and Dave King.

All writers need editors. Unfortunately, logistics and finances don't always cooperate, especially for indie authors.

Though non-fiction writers also need editing, the topic for today is self-editing for fiction writers. With several years of professional technical and non-fiction editing behind me, it was interesting to learn fiction editing is different in many ways.

What surprised me and had me excited about this book is the number of examples. In every chapter, clear examples demonstrate how to use the training Browne and King provide.

Both authors, Renni Browne and Dave King, are professional fiction editors. Their chapter headings include: Show and Tell, Characterization and Exposition, Point of View, Proportion, Dialogue Mechanics, See How It Sounds, Interior Monologue, Easy Beats, and more. The appendices provide answers to the exercises in the book, as well as a list of top books for writers.

I'm going to go read more.


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