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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Editor Reviews Book on Editing for Amazon

The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Publisher: Red Engine Press
ISBN: 9780978515874
Available in paperback and for Kindle

Reviewed by Steve Fortosis for Amazon

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is a very brave lady. She had the audacity to write a book representing surely one of the most anal of all groups: editors/proofreaders. And, even more courageous, she did so in a casual, good-natured manner. She boils down a massive array of points and topics into less than 200 pages, and her editing knowledge is extremely impressive. This book surely deserves its place on every writer's bookshelf. My advice would be to compose your book by letting the words flow freely, without high anxiety regarding the multitudinous rules of writing. Then go back to Carolyn's book and run it through her gauntlet of wise steps to the polished manuscript. You really can't go wrong following her sage advice.
--Dr. Steve Fortosis, writer and editor, sfort1222@msn.com

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