Friday, January 31, 2014

If You Write a Book, You Need The Frugal Editor

Whether you're looking for a traditional publisher or plan to self-publish, The Frugal Editor will be indispensable. The book covers all the topics a writer needs to successfully edit a book as well as a helpful section on the publishing industry. Reading this book is like having a friendly editor sitting at your elbow cheering you on and telling you what you need to know to succeed.

The book covers the topics you need to get your book through the final stages of preparation before looking for a publisher. Using the tools provided by Word is one of the most helpful sections. Carolyn makes a very important point: you can't rely on the program to do all the work. You have to use it intelligently. Although all the tips are based on Word, other programs such as Libre Office and Open Office, which are free, have most of the same capabilities.

The grammar section is excellent. It doesn't contain all the grammar rules, but it hits the ones you're most likely to have trouble with. Even if you're an excellent grammarian, which I'm not, you can find some useful gems.

An extensive section focuses on how to find an editor and what you can expect from the one you hire. Finding someone you can work with is probably the most important thing you can do for successful editing. For me this section was worth the price of the book.

Even if you've published several books, the tips in this book can be helpful. If you're starting out, they are invaluable.

When the book is ready to go, grab a copy of The Frugal Book Promoter. These tips could help you make sales.