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Book Review: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

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I previously posted about helpful free e-books on the craft of writing, and promised to share any additional worthwhile books I read. I recently finished Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print, and although it's not a free e-book, it is an excellent guide, and one I recommend checking out. I think the title may be unintentionally limiting, as this is not just a guide on self-editing, but a valuable resource for avoiding many common writing mistakes in the first place.

Published in 2004 by two professional editors (Renni Browne and Dave King), the guide teaches techniques that transform promising manuscripts into published works by taking the reader through the same processes an editor goes through. The book targets common mistakes and explains how to edit what you've written. The points are illustrated with an abundance of 'before' and 'after' example excerpts drawn from works of famous writers and/or books Browne and …