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As the title states, this book is designed to be easy to use for all writers. It offers straightforward, practical guidelines for editing, without getting into the weeds of advanced English grammar. You will find no loftier technical grammatical terms here, such as present perfect progressive, correlative conjunctions, imperative mood or interrogative adjective. However, much of the advice in this book is not to be written in stone. English is a flexible language, and writing a creative calling. As you will see, there are many acceptable ways for writers to express themselves. What you will find in this book is:

--How to avoid the most common errors of grammar and spelling.

--How to spot typographical and factual errors.

--Understanding the styles of print and online media.

--How to make your writing more exciting and dynamic.

--And improving your odds of having your work published.

The goal of this book is simple—to put the odds on the writers’ side; to increase your chances of being published or finding success as a reporter, feature writer, novelist, freelance writer, blogger, Web developer, Web editor, communications consultant, advertising copywriter, speechwriter or public relations consultant—in fact, anything involving the written word.

Bruce Kaplan
Author Bio

Bruce Kaplan is a veteran newspaper copy editor and editorial trainer with international experience spanning more than forty 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.

Table of contents


1.      Why Learn editing?

2.      Lean and clean

3.      The golden Rules

4.      Ruthless people

5.      Be active

6.      Split personalities

7.      Time for action

8.      Small and pesky

9.      Nuisance value

10.  Is that so?

11.  Every which way

12.  Short is beautiful

13.  Briefly speaking

14.  Pronouns

15.  Feeling single, seeing plural

16.  Collective nouns

17.  Clichés

18.  The future that is to come

19.  Stating the obvious

20.  There, there

21.  Putting on the style

22.  Punctuation

23.  Contractions

24.  To quote or not to quote

25.  Tricky, tricky

26.  The plurals trap

27.  Under a spell

28.  Oops

29.  If only

30.  Now, see here

31.  Kid stuff

32.  Former, latter, last

33.  Get to the point

34.  Heads, you win

35.  Editing checklist

36.  Hot tips

37.  And finally

38.  Resources


Review Quote - Library Journal

Longtime newspaper editor Kaplan offers no-frills advice to self-editors. He stresses the value of writers who know how to edit their own work. His approach is similar to Bruce Ross-Larson’s Edit Yourself. In 37 short chapters, Kaplan covers most thorny writing difficulties, such as split infinitives, tautologies, and misplaced modifiers. This is a book with lots of lists and white space: it would seem just as well suited to use in a digital format as in the traditional print version. The book’s portability and its low price make it especially useful for college students and bloggers. VERDICT This affordable, bare-bones guide will appeal to writers (and others who have to write) – especially those who like referring to a handy list of do’s and don’ts.

Review Quote - Midwest Book Review

It is rare that even an experienced and successful author has not needed the services of an editor. In “Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing,” Bruce Kaplan draws upon his more than forty years of professional experience and expertise as a newspaper copy editor and an editorial trainer to create a succinct, thoroughly ‘user friendly,’ 112-page compendium of instruction, information, commentary, examples, and techniques for editing a manuscript to make the writing energized, engaging, and just plain better. “Editing Made Easy” lays out common errors of grammar and spelling; reveals how best to avoid typographical and factual errors; become informed as to the diverse styles of print and the varied online media. One of the principal reasons for the novice author to give “Editing Made Easy” a careful reading is to substantially improve their chances of having their manuscripts published, and as published books have them achieve a marketplace success. Covering the rules and conventions of American English, “Editing Made Easy” is informed, informative, and highly recommended for both personal reference shelves and community library Writing/Publishing instructional collections.

Introduction or preface

Why learn editing?

The benefit to you


So why learn how to edit? Most importantly, learning to edit will make you more proficient, more polished writer. It will improve your writing in more ways than you might ever imagine. It will do the same for people whose writing you edit.

            This book will give you the practical skills that techniques that professional editors use every day. The advice applies to almost all forms of writing. Exceptions may occur with diction, scientific and academic writing, and personal expressions such as e-mail and Facebook. But most of the rules apply across the board.

            Essentially, this book is about plain English. The advice will help you add news, newsletters, brochures, business communicatios, short stories, staff bulletins, business proposals,non-fiction books, and—yes—even novels.

Writing is demanding, exacting, rewarding, and enriching craft. Proficiency in editing is the key to excellence in writing.