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  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science (26 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395393914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395393918
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The complete guide to self-editing, illustrating the most common problems with hundreds of before-and-after examples.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Holden on 25 Sep 2007
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I am midway through an Open University degree course and have found 'Line by Line' to be an absolutely indespensible resource. Whenever an academic essay is required I find remaining within strict word limits to be one of the most taxing requirements. Using the simple, but effective, techniques in the book I am able to literally cut an essay word length in half without losing valuable content. Trust me, if you are about to embark - or are already engaged in - any type of scholarship, this is the book for you!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 2006
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The book is good, really good, in a groovy school-teacher sort of way. It's for those who've read Elements of Style and want a bit more. Skip the introduction, it could be better.

There are five major chapters:

1. Loose baggy sentences.
2. Faulty connections.
3. Ill-matched partners.
4. Managing numbers and references.
5. Problems with punctuation.

These chapters made me see writing in a new way - for starters I know grammatically this review's terrible and should be tightened and straightened out.

Overall I'd recommend the book for those who've finished writing the first draft of their novel, want to find a publisher, and can't afford a line editor.

Reading this book will improve your game to another level, even if it is a bit hard going at times.
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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 July 1998
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In 1985 I was a consultant and had to write a report on my findings for a client. I knew that my writing was not all that good, and since I was being paid a considerable sum to write the report I felt it should be written well.
Just at that time an ad in the New Yorker magazine caught my eye. It showed two columns side by side, one, the length of the page, the other, a quarter of the page. I read the ad and sure enough the first column was just like my writing, the second was crisp, to the point, and much more interesting to read. The headline said something to the effect of "how to take the first and turn it into the second".
I ordered the book and read it immediately. The first three chapters excited me so, I could hardly contain myself. It explained so clearly how I had to think about what I was writing, I felt I saw the light.
From that day on I took a whole different view of writing. It turned a task that I usually dreaded into something that I no! w love. Not that I am a great writer, but I feel confident that I can express myself well in my business and personal life. I feel that what I write is clear and easy to read. This has been very valuable to me as a businessman. I have written marketing material, technical manuals, company communications, and customer letters. Without this skill I know I would not have been nearly as successful and would have missed out on a great pleasure in life.
Well, I gave the book to my daughter when she went to college and I lost touch with it. A few years ago I wanted to locate it again but didn't know the title or author. The other day I suddenly got the idea that Amazon.com might help me find it. All I remembered was the year I saw the ad for the book and that a woman wrote it.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sep 1997
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Absolutely fabulous work designed to help you edit your own writing. It's that perspective that distinguishes Line by Line from anything else. What should you look for in revising your sentences. What is good grammatical structure, proper punctuation, etc. The book should achieve the status of a classic -- it is that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookman Pete on 22 Feb 2011
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The detail in this book can be quite deep, but if you are seeking to become a professional writer, this is what you need to do. The prime concern in copy editing is that, the sentence you write conveys the information you need it to convey - which a copy editor would shorten to - write what you mean! This book describes the construction of a sentence and analyses its various elements, adjectives, verbs, nouns, objective and complementary elements, modifiers, interjections, converts and hybrids, pronoun antecedents. Do you know what these are? Can you break down a sentence to identify each one? When you submit a manuscript to a publisher it will fall into the hands of a copy editor. This is why you need this book.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By K. Foster on 15 April 2005
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I wish to thank the author, Claire Kehrwald Cook, and all those who made this book possible. This book [delete 'It'] is one of *the* leading authorities on editing and writing well as it brings many authoritative texts together from Strunk & White, Bernstein, Fowler [insert comma], and Follett [delete 'so that' clause]. As a result you don't have to read umpteen different books on editing.
I also managed to save myself a pretty penny as this book only cost me £6.06 - a large saving on all those other editing books that start at £35 and offer the same information.
[if you're wondering what the bits in the square brackets are doing in the above text, you'll just have to buy this book to find out!]
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