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Although primarily aimed at novelists, this book contains many pointers relevant to non-fiction writers. All the advice is imparted in a friendly, supportive manner that make it very easy to access and absorb. Even the most defensive authors who bridle at the thought of anyone editing their work will be gently persuaded to hone their work until it shines.
I love the title and its implication that underneath your rough rock of a book there is a diamond lurking, if only you are prepared to spend long enough polishing it. Discovering the Diamond will soon become dog-eared on many an apprentice writer's shelf through constant reference. It is in itself a gem, and a polished one at that.
The book is divided into just six chapters, and I found the chapters on writing tecnique and editing especially valuable.
I am a self-published author, my work is a family memoir rather than fiction, but I found everything that Helen and Jo had to say was equally relevant to my chosen genre, and I wished I had had this advice before I published my book.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to new and established authors.
I recommend this book to any aspiring writer. It will help to add polish and good presentation.
By the way, Amazon appears to be trying to add both a full stop and a comma to my title. I have tried deleting the comma, I've tried rewriting it - nothing will remove that obstinate comma!
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