About the Book
Take your self-editing skills to the next level.
· Have you eliminated all the telling?
· Are the characters complex?
· Is every scene necessary?
Most authors will answer ‘yes!’ to these questions. But then editors and readers tell them the descriptions don’t engage them, the characters are stereotypical, and the story dragged.
How do you fix it?
Self-editing can only take you so far. But if you know the right questions to ask and you know how to interpret the answers, you’ll not only strengthen your self-editing skills, you’ll strengthen your writing.
How to Edit Your Novel doesn’t simply rehash the fiction-writing basics that create good stories—it provides examples, context, and questions that will help authors identify and strengthen their weaknesses the same way a professional editor tackles a manuscript.
By combining mini writing lessons with practical self-editing tips, everything a writer needs to become a better self-editor is practically presented. Whether you’re a new writer or an experienced author, How to Edit Your Novel can help you polish your story into a gem that agents, publishers, and readers will want to keep reading.
“…bound to be a book you keep right next to your keyboard….”
–Cristel Phelps, Managing Editor for Fiction, Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
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In My Opinion
Craft books are something aspiring authors are encouraged to study and learn more about the art of writing. If you have ever searched for books about writing a book, I’m positive you found enough options to overwhelm you. Which ones are the best? Which one do you start with? How will you ever find time to read them all?
In How to Edit Your Novel: Practical Tips for Strengthening Your Story, author and editor Karin Beery breaks down the most common issues found in manuscripts. From point of view to passive voice to conflict plus much more, Beery gives authors examples and practical tips for finding the weaknesses in your writing.
This is a book that won’t sit on my bookshelf waiting until I have time to get to it. No, this book has earned its place next to my computer to reference as I write and edit. Not only does this book give you tools to become a stronger author, How to Edit Your Novel will also make you a better critique partner and/or beta reader. And I will be recommending this book to every author I know.
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