Synopses & Reviews
Most writers, especially unpublished writers, suffer from foggy writing — writing thats full of extra, misused, and overused words. Foggy writing drives editors crazy, and often makes publishers and agents reject manuscripts at first glance. Most writers toil their whole lives without ever getting published, and foggy writing is often the reason why. Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for defogging your writing and getting the sales you deserve in “Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave.” In his more than 40 years as a professional editor, McNair found that most writers make the same mistakes over and over again, and all of them can be corrected by removing specific words. Eliminating these unnecessary words strengthens action, shortens sentences, and makes writing crackle with life. “Editor-Proof Your Writing” teaches 21 simple, straightforward principles that will show you how to edit weak verb forms, strip away author intrusions, ban redundancies, eliminate foggy phrases, correct passive voice sentences, slash misused and overused words, and correct other writing mistakes. Following these 21 steps will help writers edit their own work to produce sparkling, clear, powerful copy that attracts readers, agents, editors, and sales.
Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for clearing up foggy writing--writing that's full of extra, misused, and overused words--in this guide to producing sparkling copy that attracts readers, agents, editors, and sales. McNair explains the common mistakes made by most writers and shows how eliminating unnecessary words strengthens action, shorten sentences, and makes writing crackle with life. Containing 21 simple, straightforward principles, ""Editor-Proof Your Writing"" teaches how to edit weak verb forms, strip away author intrusions, ban redundancies, eliminate foggy phrases, correct passive-voice sentences, slash misused and overused words, and fix other writing mistakes. A superb addition to any writer's toolkit, this book will not only make writing clearer and more grammatical, it will also make it more concise, entertaining, and appealing to publishers.
About the Author
Don McNair spent his working life editing magazines, producing public relations materials for an international PR firm, and heading his own marketing communications firm, McNair Marketing Communications. His creativity has won him three Golden Trumpets for best industrial relations programs from the Publicity Club of Chicago, a certificate of merit award for a quarterly magazine he wrote and produced, and the Public Relations Society of Americas Silver Anvil, which is comparable to the Emmy and/or an Oscar. McNair has written and placed hundreds of trade magazine articles and has authored three “how-to” books. Under his Donna McClaire pen name, he is the author of young-adult novels Attack of the Killer Prom Dresses and The Long Hunter as well as two suspense novels, Mystery on Firefly Knob and Mystery at Mangolia Mansion. He also co-authored Wait for Backup! , a romantic suspense novel. McNair now concentrates on editing novels for others and teaching two online editing classes. He Lives in Foley, Alabama.