Editing Made Easy : Simple Rules for Effective Writing

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  • Copyright: 2012-07-15
  • Publisher: Midpoint Trade Books Inc

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An earlier version ofEditing 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. The new 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 aspresent perfect progressiveorcorrelative 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.

Author Biography

Bruce Kaplan is a newspaper copy editor and editorial trainer with international experience spanning more than 40 years. He has held senior positions with major publications in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. He trains editors and writers for newspapers and magazines, and tutors at writers' centers and tertiary education institutions. He may be reached at editeasy@hotmail.com.

Table of Contents

Author's notep. ix
Why learn editing? the benefits for youp. 11
Lean and clean: what editors dop. 12
The golden rules: for professional writing and editingp. 15
Ruthless people: what makes a good editor?p. 16
Be active: avoiding the passive voicep. 18
Split personalities: beware the split infinitivep. 22
Time for action: turning nouns into verbsp. 25
Small and pesky: two words that slow the pacep. 29
Nuisance value: more overused wordsp. 32
Is that so? how to avoid thatp. 35
Every which way: the difference between which and thatp. 37
Short is beautiful: avoid long sentencesp. 40
Briefly speaking: a guide to shorter, simpler wordsp. 43
Pronouns: how to avoid confusionp. 52
Feeling single, seeing plural: more tricky pronounsp. 55
Collective nouns: which verb form do I use?p. 57
Clichés: avoid them like the plaguep. 60
The future that is to come: the tautology trapp. 63
Stating the obvious: first cousin to the tautologyp. 65
There, there: a few little words we can do withoutp. 67
Putting on the style: be consistentp. 69
Punctuation: basic rulesp. 72
Contractions: when, and when not, to use themp. 82
To quote or not to quote: direct and indirect speechp. 83
Tricky, tricky: serial or cereal?p. 85
The plurals trap: don't get caughtp. 88
Under a spell: a handy guide to difficult wordsp. 90
Oops: the misplaced phrasep. 91
If only: be careful to say what you meanp. 92
Now, see here: look out for this common errorp. 94
Kid stuff: avoid slangp. 95
Former, latter, last: how to keep orderp. 96
Get to the point: how to write a news storyp. 97
Heads, you win: how to write a headlinep. 99
Editing checklist: a last round-upp. 103
Hot tips: things to rememberp. 105
And finally: set your standards highp. 107
Resources: things to keep handyp. 108
Indexp. 110
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