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Just finished reading this superb book, and am copying their edit cheat sheet section into my own Word doc, then doing a second read-through to add my own thoughts to it. I did tons of highlighting while reading, as well.
Most of this applies to fiction and nonfiction, but they also have a nonfiction section that goes over things specific to nonfic
My top two takeaways:
1. Every scene should change valence (positive/negative)
If the scene starts positive (hero finds a clue), it should end negative (hero trapped by bad guys) Or negative --> positive Also, positive/double positive or negative/double negative. And no, you can't start with a double, Mr/Ms Smartypants
2. Use a style sheet in your work, so when the editor adapts it to their style sheet, it's easy for him/her to make global changes
Also, Shunn Proper Manuscript Format is gold
A great resource. And I say that as someone who has been a journalist, editor, and editor in chief for the past twenty years.
Disclaimer: I'm in the Horror Writers Association, and have met Lee and Angela at conferences. But I spent my own money to buy this book, and they have no idea this review is being posted :D
This book has lots of great tips, both from experienced editors Lee Murray and Angela Yuriko Smith, but other editors and writers too. It will be an invaluable resource, especially for speculative fiction writers who are hoping to have work published through publishers, or in anthologies or magazines as it gives detailed information about what the publishers and editors of these publications are looking for - and how to make sure your work meets these requirements. It also has some very useful tips for writers who are working with critique groups, which I found very helpful.
I just starting writing fiction not too long ago, and this guide was exactly what I needed. I can't speak to others' experience levels and how they'll find this book, but I think it's a thorough enough guide that many will learn something from it (or at least find it useful to see it compiled together in one place where it's easy to refer to).