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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Recommended Reading, Listening and Help from "The Frugal Editor"

Here are some of the people and sources I've mentioned or quoted in the text or appendixes of The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. The editing process can become as addictive as chewing gum. Like chewing gum, there are some great benefits.

In the Appendix of The Frugal Editor you'll also find lists of the agents who contributed to the chapters on writing picture-perfect query letters, a short list of common errors, sample query letters, sample cover letters and more. Here are some recommended books.

Lapsing Into a Coma: A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print--And How to Avoid Them, by Bill Walsh.

Concordance is a text-analyzing computer program that makes indexes and wordlists, counts word frequency, compares usages of a word, analyzes keywords, finds phrases and idioms, and publishes to the Web:

Writing Help is a collection of computer programs by Roger Carlson, including "Passive Word Highlighter," "Preposition Highlighter," "Adverb Highlighter," "Adverb Eliminator," "Word Frequency Counter" and "Count Lines." You need some computer expertise to set your computer's security settings to accept macros, reboot your computer so the new settings will take effect and install the programs. For more go to:


Barbara McNichol, editor and writer, was introduced earlier in this book (The Frugal Editor). Learn more about her at

Virgil Jose, writer and freelance editor, may be reached at

Note, more to come including books and other resources on grammar and style. Stay tuned! (-:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at Learn more about her other authors' aids at, where writers will find lists and other helps on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog.

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