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Editing made easy : simple rules for effective writing

Author: Bruce Kaplan
Publisher: Hinesburg, Vt. : Upper Access Book Publishers, 2012.
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An earlier version of Editing Made Easy, published in Bruce Kaplan's native Australia, has become a best-selling resource for writers in much or the English-speaking world. Because of the different spellings and conventions of American English, it has been unavailable here -- until now. This book is thoroughly revised, updated, expanded, and Americanized. It maintains the attractions of the original -- friendly,
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Kaplan
ISBN: 9780942679366 0942679369 9780942679380 0942679385
OCLC Number: 774982527
Notes: "A friendly, practical guide for writers, students, business executives, bloggers, Web developers and anyone else who wants to write well"--Cover.
Description: 112 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Why learn editing? the benefits for you --
Lean and clean : what editors do --
The golden rules: for professional writing and editing --
Ruthless people : what makes a good editor? --
Be active : avoiding the passive voice --
Split personalities : beware the split infinitive --
Time for action : turning nouns into verbs --
Small and pesky : two words that slow the pace --
Nuisance value : more overused words --
Is that so? how to avoid that --
Every which way : the difference between which and that --
Short is beautiful : avoid long sentences --
Briefly speaking : a guide to shorter, simpler words --
Pronouns : how to avoid confusion --
Feeling single, seeing plural : more tricky pronouns --
Collective nouns : which verb form do I use? --
Clichés : avoid them like the plague --
The future that is to come : the tautology trap --
Stating the obvious : first cousin to the tautology --
There, there : a few little words we can do without --
Putting on the style : be consistent --
Punctuation : basic rules --
Contractions : when, and when not, to use them --
To quote or not to quote : direct and indirect speech --
Tricky, tricky : serial or cereal? --
The plurals trap : don't get caught --
Under a spell : a handy guide to difficult words --
Oops : the misplaced phrase --
If only : be careful to say what you mean --
Now, see here : look out for this common error --
Kid stuff : avoid slang --
Former, latter, last : how to keep order --
Get to the point : how to write a news story --
Heads, you win : how to write a headline --
Editing checklist : a last round-up --
Hot tips : things to remember --
And finally : set your standards high --
Resources : things to keep handy.
Responsibility: Bruce Kaplan.

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An earlier version of Editing Made Easy, published in Bruce Kaplan's native Australia, has become a best-selling resource for writers in much or the English-speaking world. Because of the different spellings and conventions of American English, it has been unavailable here -- until now. This book is thoroughly revised, updated, expanded, and Americanized. It maintains the attractions of the original -- friendly, easy-to-understand rules for improved writing. It's a quick read, and an easy reference for anybody who wants to communicate clearly with American English. The book is non-technical in its approach. It doesn't cover grammatical terms such as present perfect progressive or correlative conjunctions. It boils grammar and style into a few simple rules that will serve you well whether you are a journalist, a student, a novelist, a business executive, a blogger, or anybody else who would like to make effective use of written language.

Translated from the author's native Australia, this title is thoroughly revised, updated, expanded, and Americanized. With friendly, easy-to-understand rules for improved writing, and an easy reference for anybody who wants to communicate clearly with American English. Is non-technical in its approach, doe not cover grammatical terms such as present perfect progressive or correlative conjunctions. It boils grammar and style into a few simple rules that will serve you well whether you are a journalist, a student, a novelist, a business executive, a blogger, or anybody else who would like to make effective use of written language.

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