Another writer highly recommended “Don’t Sabotage Your Submission: Save Your Manuscript from Turning up D.O.A.” by Chris Roerden, so I had to check it out.
I was impressed that the author has been editing manuscripts for over forty years, first as a managing editor for a publisher, and then as an independent book editor. Some of her clients have had books published from St. Martin’s, Berkley Prime Crime, Midnight Ink, Viking, Intrigue, Oceanview, Rodale, Walker & Co., and many more. So, I’m assuming she knows what she’s doing.
I’m not very far into the book (page 12), but I’m enjoying it. Some craft books I’ve read are very dry. Not this one. The author’s easy-going style makes for a fun read. In fact, the whole book is set up in legal terms because of the D.O.A. theme in the title.
Here’s a list of a few of the chapters I’m looking forward to reading:
Part III: First Offenders
Clue #1: Hobbled Hook
Clue #2: Perilous Prologue
Clue #2: Bloody Backstory
Part IV: Killing Time
Clue #4: Fatal Flashback
Clue #5: Toxic Transcript
Clue #6: Deceptive Dream
Clue #7: Time Bomb
There are many more interesting chapters, but I won’t list them all now. You can take a look at the book on Amazon.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Any other craft books you’d recommend?