My favorite reference books
A few of MY Favorite Writing Books:

TECHNIQUES OF A SELLING WRITER by Dwight Swain; and Swain's student's book on the same subject:

SCENE AND STRUCTURE by Jack Bickham (This is one of the The Writer's Digest "How to" series) All are good.

STORY: SUBSTANCE, STRUCTURE, STYLE AND THE PRINCIPLES OF SCREENWRITING by   Robert McKee

THE WRITER'S JOURNEY by Christopher Vogler (2nd edition.)

HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD NOVEL (I & II) by James N. Frey

HOW TO TELL A STORY by Peter Rubie and Gary Provost

THE WEEKEND NOVELIST by Robert J. Ray

CREATING CHARACTERS by Dwight Swain

FICTION IS FOLKS by Robert N. Peck

CREATING UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS by Linda Seger

WRITING ROMANCE by Vanessa Grant

THE WORDSWORTH DICTIONARY OF CLICHE by Terry & David Freedman, 1996.

THE DREADED SYNOPSIS, order through her web site

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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King, 1993

                HarperCollins, ISBN 0-06-270061-8 

  The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B.White, 1979 MacMillan

               Publishing, ISBN 0-02-418190-0 

The Elements of Grammar by Margaret Shertzer, 1986 MacMillan Publishing, ISBN 0-02-015440-2

HOW TO WRITE A BLOCKBUSTER NOVEL by Al Zuckerman;

WRITING DOWN THE BONES by Natalie Goldberg;

THESAURUS OF ALTERNATIVES TO WORN-OUT WORDS AND PHRASES by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Writer's Digest Books. ISBN#0898796016

The basics:
                                            
WRITER'S MARKET (ANNUAL) This one also comes in a CD rom/ online edition and can be searched and sorted by various criteria which is nice.  Also you get access to its website for updates.

  NOVEL  AND SHORT STORY WRITERS' MARKET  

HOW TO BE YOUR OWN LITERARY AGENT by Richard Curtis

  FICTION WRITERS' SILENT PARTNER

GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS

MERRIAM WEBSTER'S COLLEGIATE DICTIONARY, TENTH EDITION (has dates of first usage of words, wonderful for historical writers.)

ROGET'S SUPER THESAURUS (second edition) by Marc McCutcheon

Reader's Digest's FAMILY WORD FINDER (1975, out of print.)

WHAT'S WHAT edited by Bragonier and Fisher

                                                  













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Editing and proofreading
I majored in English and Journalism in college. I also read a lot and have always been a nut for finding dangling modifiers, wrong words used, missing commas, quotation marks or the wrong punctuation in my critique partners' work. Besides that, I have written and published twenty-two novels myself, so I'm no stranger to working with editors.

So, it's not surprising to my friends that I went on to edit and proofread other people's novels. I have edited or proofread hundreds of novels for various epublishers over the years. Lately, I have worked with Melange Books and Whiskey Creek Press using the editor name: Fern Valentine.

I prefer romances, romantic suspense novels and cozy mysteries. I refuse to do gory, violent novels such as war stories, vampire stories, medieval or horror stories. They give me nightmares, so if you love blood and gore, please find another editor.

EDITING:

My editing rates vary from $1 to $2 per industry standard page of 250 words. The reason for the variance, of course, is that the amount of work required differs from author to author. To get a more accurate estimate, email me the first chapter (20 pages or less) of your work (as attached Word documents only, please) along with a short, one page synopsis. I will do a free edit or proofread as you request on those pages, so you can see a sample of my work and I will have an idea of the amount of work involved.

I can work in either Word's track changes or simply mark the needed changes like this: Deletions in parenthesis and additions or my comments in brackets. Then I return the novel to you. You make the changes you agree with (it's YOUR NOVEL, after all) or put in a comment why you feel it should stay as you had it. Then you return it to me for a second read-through (included) and then I'll return it to you with any further comments or concerns. I much prefer working by sending work back and forth by email.

PR0OFREADING ONLY:

If you feel your story is already polished and only needs proofreading, I can do that for 25 to 50 cents per page, or $50 to $100 for a 50,000 word novel, again, depending on the amount of errors that require fixing.

I require one-half the fee in advance.

If you need an editor or proofreader, email me with the required sample as stated above. I will reply with an estimate of the cost and whether or when I have time in my schedule to take on your project. My email is: curryedna@gmail.com