I have been editing book two in the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries for the past few days. Writing the book is the easy part. Editing, as all writers know, or will find out, is the hard part. In preparation for editing I have been reading some excellent books on the subject. So today I bring you four, which I think every writer should have in their arsenal.
The Little Book of Self Editing for Writers by Bridget McKenna
This is a cracking little book. It is only 96 pages long, but every page packs a punch. It is in three parts.
1. Search and Destroy
2. The self editor's toolkit
3. Self editing resources
I read it through quickly and then used it to transform my manuscript. McKenna uses Zombies to illustrate some of her points. No, I am not joking. Yes, it does work. It is the most brilliant tip I have come across. You will, of course, have to read the book to find out more.
Part three has a self editing checklist. I used it to go through my manuscript and again transform it into something readers will love. Using this checklist will help any author eliminate areas which will slow the manuscript down and take the reader out of the story. I loved this book and is one I would highly recommend.
Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Kawasaki and Welsh
Polish Your Fiction by Jessica Bell
1. First Line Hook
2. Character consistency and point of view
3. Dialogue tags
4. Tightening Descriptions
5. Removing superfluous words
6. Identifying and replacing overused words
7. First person and Third person pronouns.
There are more chapters but this gives you a general feel for the way in which this book helps you to do an in depth edit. It is one which all writers should read and have by their side during the editing process, and one which I highly recommend.
Now for a bonus book.
Self Publish Your Book by Jessica Bell
So there we have it my Bookaholic friends. Another one for writers. However, I am reading a cracking crime book at the moment so will be back with another review soon. Until then, keep reading and writing.