Editors' Bible

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
A few well-chosen words can fire the imagination and evoke images, but badly written manuscripts will damage your reputation as an author and chase away readers. This book gives authors the tools and knowledge, with ample examples, to write and self-edit effectively, and is a practical guide for professionals to refer to. More

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About Vanessa Finaughty

Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’.

Her passion for the written word started her career as an editor and copywriter, and she part-ran a writers’ critique group for close on seven years. She's been writing ever since she learnt how, has always been an avid reader, and currently lives on coffee and cigarettes.

Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, life's mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.

Review copies of all Vanessa's books are available upon request, and fans are welcome to email her at shadowfire13@gmail.com - she loves to hear any type of feedback and answers all emails personally.

*** Please note that Vanessa uses UK spelling and grammar, which is not always the same as US spelling and grammar.


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Review by: Alex James on April 22, 2015 :
Editors’ Bible by Vanessa Finaughty – 5/5 star

Editors’ Bible is a valuable compendium for any aspiring editor who wants to learn what to look for and to grasp the basic know-how in conflicting areas of punctuation and grammar. While most editing guides leave it to the reader to research these things, I found it refreshing to have them spelt out.

While editing, most of my skills have come straight from this guide, which has given me a foundation for future progress. The main focus of the Editors’ Bible seems to be on editing fiction, with useful tips from the perspective of the author and the editor.
Some of the US/UK spelling lists were overly extensive, and are more useful as reference lists, I found. Sometimes the rules seemed a bit one-sided, though there were justifications stated for these.

Overall, I’d recommend this guide specifically for those starting out in editing, like myself, and those who will be editing fiction or getting their fiction edited. The author’s writing made absorbing the information easy. The Editors’ Bible is easy to refer back to as well, being split up into easily accessible sections.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Joan Hack on July 24, 2014 :
Whether you are an editor, proofreader or an author, you will find all you need to know in this Bible about your specific craft, set out in an easily readable and digestible way.
Points of English usage are clearly explained and are supported with interesting examples, which make them easy to remember. The comprehensive contents page makes what you’re looking for easy to find and the editor’s test at the end is fun to gauge what you’ve learnt or already know.
Love the section on homophones. When one is proofreading some of them don’t always jump out, but linger in your subconscious and a sentence or two later you say ‘What was that?’
I certainly recommend this great book for improving the use of the English language.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Meg Sperring on Sep. 12, 2012 :
What a comprehensive book! It covers just about everything you need to know if you are writing or editing a book.

I am so glad that I've now got the Editors' Bible on hand to refer to at any time.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Sherzahd on Sep. 12, 2012 :
This book brings together all the knowledge and priceless experience of the author into one easy to understand manual. Not all of us may want to swear on a bible, but this is one bible that you will want to swear by, if you are either a writer or an editor.

I'm delighted to now have Vanessa's professional expertise as both a writer and editor right at my fingetips 24/7.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: T C Southwell on Sep. 11, 2012 :
An excellent quick reference that lists all the commonest errors editors and writers make in an easy to read format ideal for busy scribes. Years of experience have given this editor/author a rare insight into the kinds of problems editors encounter in authors' manuscripts, and the quickest, easiest ways in which to fix them.

You'll find a host of writing tips, useful guidelines and answers to some of the most confusing aspects of the English language in this aptly named book. Whether you're a writer or an editor, the Editors' Bible is something you should always have handy whilst writing or editing your manuscripts.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Alphya Cing on Sep. 11, 2012 :
An invaluable resource for authors and editors alike. Provides a wealth of information and concrete examples of what should (and should not) be done.

Worth ten times the price.

If you are serious about writing and / or editing you must buy this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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