Book Review: Author’s Quick Guide to Editing

Title: Author’s Quick Guide to Editing Your Book
Written By: Kristen Eckstein
Genre: Editing helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any

Introduction:

When I started reading this book, I had just started one of my final edits for a novel and I picked up this one so I could hopefully find some tips. I’m glad I did, too.

Clarity: 1/1

Kristen Eckstein did a very good job making her book short, easy to read, and straight to the point. I had no problem following along with the book. Each point was explained well and concisely.

Usability: .75/1

I’m not sure how many points to give this one. Much of what I read I already knew, especially regarding formatting (at the end of the book), but I also found a few things I didn’t know, so in that regard it was very helpful and useful. This would be a great book for someone who is just starting out in the writing and publishing world.

Readability: 1/1

The book was formatted well, the words easy to read, and the sentences well put together. I loved how she set the book up to be easy to follow.

Overall writing quality: 1/1

I didn’t come across a single, glaring error. Which is good since this is a book on editing. Although, the author also said she wrote the book in one day, edited it the next, and published it a day or two later, so there was the possibility of errors.

That being said, it was well written and all explanations were good.

Un-put-down-ability: .5/1

As I mentioned earlier, the last part of this book was about formatting. A lot of the things she said in there were things I knew, so I actually put the book down and didn’t pick it up for another week or more until I decided I really needed to actually finish the book. Other than that little fact, this book is short and could easily be read in about an hour.

Conclusion: 4.25/5

All authors should read this book even if they don’t think they need to. If for nothing else, she explains what each type of editor is out there and has a list of resources to find some of those types of editors. And it’s only $0.99 on Amazon.

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Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise a lot of animals.

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