Thursday, May 13, 2010

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The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Froward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success
By Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Red Engine Press
ISBN 9780978515874

Reviewed by editor and author Robert Medak

The Frugal Editor is a book that belongs on the desk of anyone that is either an author, or an aspiring author. This book contains a wealth of information about what it takes to have your manuscript pass the mark toward publication.

This book gives writers needed information on how to create queries, cover letters, book proposals, and manuscripts that are not sloppy which will get you into the round file. Reading this book will assist you in why you need an editor or at least two other sets of eyes for you writing.

If you use Word, the de facto standard, there is information in this book about using the Tracking feature and more to help you with your writing and editing with easy and practical steps.

The Frugal Editor applies to all types of writing. Even those that write business letters, e-mails, and more can gain a unique insight into making them better. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone putting words on paper or a computer screen.

The book is conversational in tone as if talking to a fiend that is imparting their secrets and tips to make your writing more professional and your manuscript pass muster with agents or in-house editors. No one wants to submit something that is not their best, which is why writers need a copy of The Frugal Editor.

Do yourself a favor, and find a copy of this book for your reference; you will appreciate it.

This reviewer gives a five star rating to The Frugal Editor.

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The reviewer,Robert Medak, is a freelance writer and editor.

"The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say."
- Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903


Ella said...

Thanks, this is what I need and a good grammar book ;-D I am in awe of all of you who write!
It is such an admirable craft. It reminds me of
watching someone with great talent play an instrument; They are so skilled, you honestly think you can do that, til you try. Reality sets in real quick, like dense fog!

Great review! I will check it out~

Karen Cioffi said...

I have both the Frugal Editor and the Frugal Book Promoter. They are both jammed packed with great tips, advice, and information!

Usha Krishnan Sliva said...

Sounds like I need to get this book. Thanks!

Lisa said...

How true, Mark Twain's quote.

Unknown said...

I see a lot of my friends here on this great site! Cheers, everyone.

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