Manuscript Makeover Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore

ISBN-10: 0399533958
ISBN-13: 9780399533952
Edition: 2008
Authors: Elizabeth Lyon
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Description: Professional editor and author Elizabeth Lyon offers aspiring novelists the guidance and instruction they need to write and edit well-crafted and compelling stories that will stand out from the competition and attract the attention of agents and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Professional editor and author Elizabeth Lyon offers aspiring novelists the guidance and instruction they need to write and edit well-crafted and compelling stories that will stand out from the competition and attract the attention of agents and publishers, including: - Stand-out style techniques, from accessing an authentic voice to applying techniques of "wordsmithing" that transform prose - How to rewrite characterization for dimensionality, a universal need, and theme - Adjustment suggestions to match the prose style and structure of specific genres - Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style - Strategies to strengthen story beginnings and endings - Methods for increasing plot stakes, creating movement, and adjusting pace for maximum suspense

Linda Gromko, MD is a board-certified family physician and the founder of Seattle's Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC. Her experience in health care dates back to her experience as a fourteen-year-old volunteer candy striper at Virginia Mason Hospital. A bachelor's and master's graduate of the University of Washington School of Nursing, Dr. Gromko worked as a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator at Planned Parenthood of Seattle/King County before entering the University Of Washington School of Medicine as the mother of a four-year-old son. Graduating in 1984 and completing her family practice residency at UW in 1987, Dr. Gromko worked in women's clinics and as an ER physician before founding her own practice. Now over two decades old, the practice employs two first-rate nurse practitioners who, with Dr. Gromko, serve a wide range of individuals, including Seattle's transgendered community. The practice also offers Queen Anne Medical Weight Loss - a program aimed at preventing the very health issues that eventually took her husband and diminished his quality of life. Dr. Gromko has also written Complications: A Doctor's Love Story, and co-authored Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home with Jane C. McClure. Following the death of her husband, Steve Williams, in April 2011, Dr. Gromko poured herself into her practice, her rowing, and her writing. Read more at www.LindaGromkoMD.com.

Introduction: Preparing to Revise
Style Speaks
Inside-Out: The Voice of Style
Outside-In: Simple Revisions for Style
Outside-In: Advanced Revisions for Style
Craft Works
Revise for Genre
Whole Book: Five-Stage Structure
Whole Book: Journeys and Less Common Structures
Movement and Suspense
Time and Pace
Characterization Endures
Viewpoint
Character Dimension and Theme
Character-Driven Beginnings
Character-Driven Scenes and Suspense
Character Personality and Voice
Character-Driven Narration
Marketing Pays
Copyediting
Query Letters and Synopses: Polishing for Marketing
Acknowledgments
Index

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