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By  Michael Friederick and Amanda Eaton

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une into IN reviews for the best of How-To books about writing -- all genres -- from high adventure to haiku, from fact to fiction, cookbooks to commentary and much, much more. Always check IN to see what's in. We only publish the best and our rating scale below is based upon the values of the three Es: Ease-of-Read, Educational, and Entertaining.

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Self-Editing For Fiction Writers
By Renni Browne and Dave King
Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062720465
Reviewer: Michael Friederick
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Browne and King tell us that writing and editing use different talents requiring two different mindsets. Their techniques show writers how to change hats from writer to self-editor while increasing the “effectiveness of the story”, giving it “a professional edge”.

The book begins with sections covering familiar topics such as showing not telling, characterization, and point of view. However, Browne and King approach these areas in a manner different from most “how-to” authors. They demonstrate writing techniques and provide writers with self-editing examples that, if used correctly, draw readers into the story, creating real page turners.

At the end of each chapter are writing exercises intended to provoke the editor within each writer. The exercises act as tools for the writer to better understand the editing techniques discussed in the book. For example, one of the exercises asks the self-editor to re-write a “telling” narrative into something that is “showing.”

Self-Editing For Fiction Writers offers a lot of useful information on fixing errors often found in fiction writing, improves the effectiveness and delivery of your story, and provides invaluable self-editing knowledge. With the assistance of Browne and King, the self-editor will discover new skills that improve their writing and earn them more acceptance letters.

Friederick began his freelance writing career after becoming a single father in 1993. He has written several articles on disabled children; however, copywriting is his specialty. He has written copy for several smaller businesses throughout Oregon and created national and international advertising campaigns for several large American corporations. He can be reached through his web site at http://www.mdavidfriederick.com or by email at mdf@mdavidfriederick.com

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Writing For Magazines; A Beginners Guide
Cheryl Sloan Wray
NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company
ISBN: 0844259616
Reviewer: Amanda Eaton
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Writing For Magazines is a practical introduction to what magazine writers do. The book explores the best magazines for beginner writers. How to generate ideas, how to find the time to write, how to set goals and stick to them, how to acquire the tools of the trade, and how to defeat writers block. It helps fledgling writers from starting to finishing to getting published. The book provides example articles, helps writers decide what to write, defines the differences between descriptive articles, personality articles or historical articles. It also details what editors generally like and dislike receiving on their desk.

The book provides exercises throughtout its pages, such as, choosing your favorite magazines and analyzing them, looking at the different writing styles in those magazines. There are "jump start exercises" to get you thinking that were enjoyable and easy to use as well.

In chapter 13 the book provides a list of 25 magazines that tend to hire first time writers, which is a terrific resource to have on hand. This book and that list gives you the chance you need to start out and become a published writer.

One final note is that the book also provides additional writing resources, titles of books and magazines that established magazine writers generally read and, with a little practice, maybe you can write for as well.

All in all this book gives the beginner writer all the resouces they need and provides them with the necessary information to get them started. I would recommend it to any one who is contemplating establishing a magazine writing career.

Amanda Eaton can be reached through:
Email: dolphinfish@writeme.com

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Freelance Copywriting
By Diana Wimbs
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0713648228
Reviewer: Michael Friederick
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Wimbs points out that not only is freelance copywriting a challenging career, but freelancers are in constant demand by large organizations who are looking for ways to save money by outsourcing the development of their publications, such as, form letters, leaflets, brochures, etc. She also states that good copywriters are hard to find; so, the profession can become very lucrative, if you're any good at copywriting. That's where Freelance Copywriting comes into play.

The book contains many examples designed to help the writer become more persuasive when selling or promoting their services as well as a chapter on getting paid for your work. The final chapter, Sample Campaign, is designed to guide the writer through the steps of the freelance copywriting process — from the development of an idea to publication.

Freelance Copywriting presents writers with a lot of useful information on the particulars of copywriting and what steps are needed to increase a writer’s income.

Michael Friederick began his freelance writing career after becoming a single father in 1993. He has written several articles on disabled children; however, copywriting is his specialty. He has written copy for several smaller businesses throughout Oregon and created national and international advertising campaigns for several large American corporations. He can be reached through his web site at http://www.mdavidfriederick.com or by email at mdf@mdavidfriederick.com

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