Today’s review: Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Howard-Johnson, also author of The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t, which is next on my reading list, as well as many other books, provides great web content for writers here. The Frugal Editor itself is a great, “down and dirty,” guide to learning how the editorial pros do their jobs, leading you step by step through the process of ensuring that your work is ready to go out into the world with its best face forward. She does a great job of showing authors how they can get their computers to help them with some of the work. A real must read for anyone who’s in the dark about how editing really works.
Looking into this. I’ve been on a binge of theory and craft of fiction books lately, reviewing them, usually scathingly, on the blog. Something practical and solid, down to earth, might be just what I need. Thanks for the links.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson says
Thank you for the nice shout about The Frugal Editor. My favorite chapter was one I almost didn’t do. My husband suggested it at the last minute. I reviewed agents and included the boo-boos that they found most annoying in query letters–not just the grammar errors. (-:
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal and Editor
Blogging at Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites pick, http://www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com
I also posted similar comments on Amazon. Thanks for the copy!