Sunday, 24 March 2013

WRITING ADVICE: Revision and Self-Editing for Publication - James Scott Bell

Release Date: 14/01/13
Publisher:  Writers Digest


Take your first draft from so-so to sold! You've finished the first draft of your novel-congratulations! Time to have a drink, sit back...and start revising. But the revision process doesn't have to be intimidating. Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition gives you the tools and advice you need to transform your first draft into a finished manuscript that agents and editors will fight for. Inside you'll find:

Self-editing techniques for plot, structure, character, theme, voice, and more that can be applied as you're writing to reduce your revision workload.
Methods for fine-tuning your first draft into a tight, well-developed piece of literature.
The Ultimate Revision Checklist, which seamlessly guides you through the revision process, step by step.
New Chapter! Exercises and techniques for "deepening" your work to engage and excite readers like never before.

Whether you're writing a novel currently or have finished the first draft, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition will give you the guidance you need to revise your manuscript into a novel ready to be sold.


OK, you’ve spent quite a bit of time writing your first draft. Congratulate yourself, you’ve achieved something really special here, but lets face it, you know that you’re going to have to go through it and start editing to make it not only better but slicker. It’s a tricky conundrum about what to keep, what to cut and what to rewrite but you know what, this book is there to help.

It gives great advice, some wonderful techniques and aids you to polish the manuscript so that it shines. It’s a tool that the writer really does need and whilst you can pay out for an expert to do it, in my opinion its always best to tackle a lot of it yourself so that you get used to having things done without getting too upset. It also demonstrates that you’re willing to put in the time to make sure that your book is the best it can be. All round a great little item.

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