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Elizabeth Lyon


"Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore, due out in April, 2008," says Elizabeth Lyon, "is my magnum opus on revising novels. I poured my twenty years of experience as a book editor into this 368-page how-to book that I am confident is the most comprehensive and practical book on revision techniques. Readers can expect to learn:

  • Stand-out style techniques, from accessing an authentic voice to applying techniques of “wordsmithing” that transform prose
  • Guidelines to match prose style and structure to genre specifications
  • Techniques to guarantee depth, dimensionality, and originality of characterization
  • Strategies to strengthen story beginnings and endings
  • Methods for increasing plot stakes, creating movement, and adjusting pace for maximum suspense
  • Rules for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and format
  • Model queries and tips for securing literary agent and editor attention
  • Detailed revision checklists at every chapter’s end for easy reference
  • Exemplary excerpts drawn from nearly every genre of writing and for every age level of reader, and representing contemporary and classic literature to show exactly how to revise well"

“Whether you’re learning the craft, revising your manuscript, or looking to position it for the best chance of getting it published, read Elizabeth Lyon.”
Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestseller for Runaway Jury

Barbara Pope, Cezanne’s Quarry


Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to The Writer and Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and writing teacher. The author of The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, A Writer’s Guide to Fiction, Nonfiction Book Proposals Anyone Can Write, A Writer’s Guide to Nonfiction, and National Directory of Editors & Writers, she lives in Springfield, Oregon.

Elizabeth Lyon, owner of Editing International, works as an independent book editor, and has over 20 years of experience. She lives in Springfield, Oregon. See her list of client successes on:

www.4-edit.com and www.elizabethlyon.com.
Contact her at elyon123@comcast.net or 541-344-9118.