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The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers (original 2000; edição 2000)

por Betsy Lerner

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"The Forest for the Trees should become a permanent part of any writer's or editor's personal library." -The Seattle Times Quickly established as an essential and enduring companion for aspiring writers when it was first published, Betsy Lerner's sharp, funny, and insightful guide has been meticulously updated and revised to address the dramatic changes that have reshaped the publishing industry in the decade since. From blank page to first glowing (or gutting) review, Betsy Lerner is a knowing and sympathetic coach who helps writers discover how they can be more productive in the creative process and how they can better their odds of not only getting published, but getting published well. This is an essential trove of advice for writers and an indispensable user's manual to both the inner life of the writer and the increasingly anxious place where art and commerce meet: the boardrooms and cubicles of the publishing house.… (mais)
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Título:The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers
Autores:Betsy Lerner
Informação:Riverhead Books (2000), Hardcover
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Very enjoyable, a little dated but still relevant. ( )
  Tosta | Jul 5, 2021 |
The Forest for the Trees (An Editor’s Advice to Writers) by Betsy Lerner is a non-fiction title offering advice to writers.

The Cover: I love the cover to this book, it is simple yet creative, with a clean crisp look and clear text. This cover conveys the message that it is a non-fiction title for writers.

The Good Stuff: Hmm… Where do I start with this one? This book has numerous good-review snippets from respected sources on the front and back covers, and on the first page inside. It is well edited and the formatting makes good use of margins and spacing, making it easy to read and giving it a clean look inside. There is a nice little leaf icon for the page breaks and the version I have has used good quality paper that feels lovely on the fingers too. The writing style is easy to read, the words flow smoothly and it is entertaining.

The Bad Stuff: Okay, I’m going to put a caveat on this. I’m not sure I gave this book a fair chance. After the first few chapters I lost interest and really skimmed the rest of the content. I just felt very let down. It promised so much, yet as a self-published author, in my opinion it failed to provide much real advice at all. Maybe I missed it with my skimming, but it seemed to me to be more of an insight into the lives and types of writers, than an offer of advice.

Overall, I wanted to love this title. Everything about it drew me towards it with the promise of a good read. And it is well presented, well written, and entertaining. It just isn’t what I wanted it to be. I’m giving this one an ambivalent 2.5 out of 5 golden bookmarks because I’m having a strop.
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  AWA1 | Oct 22, 2019 |
I loved this book. It's not a craft book, and I think that's what I like about it. It felt like listening to the stories of a wiser, more experienced writing buddy. Lerner has a way of writing that is casual and sympathetic but realistic. The only thing I found that I didn't like about it was the section on publication. I'm definitely not there, so I sort of skimmed it. But the anecdotes she tells about the experiences of famous writers are just so fascinating that I would stop and read those. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book overall. ( )
  oacevedo | Apr 9, 2019 |
The Forest for the Trees is going on my top ten list of books for authors. Betsy Lerner understands what makes an author tick and the dynamic between author and editor. A must read for any new author. ( )
  DebraParmley | Dec 29, 2018 |
I think I read an earlier versionof this book published in 2000, however, it is full of anecdotal advice for anyone who writes. It is aimed at an American audience, but the essence of the advice is strong for anyone. It covers the writing process itself, editing, publishing and reviewing. Above all, it is a book that says, "if you are drawn to writing words, write them." It is a little outdated, coming just before the ebook revolution and self publishing online, but should still be read by anyone who is thinking about getting their ideas out there. It was refreshingly honest and I saw much of myself in it as either someone who enjoys writing, self editing and editing other works. I would recommend obviously to anyone does any of these things. ( )
  KatiaMDavis | Dec 19, 2017 |
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"The Forest for the Trees should become a permanent part of any writer's or editor's personal library." -The Seattle Times Quickly established as an essential and enduring companion for aspiring writers when it was first published, Betsy Lerner's sharp, funny, and insightful guide has been meticulously updated and revised to address the dramatic changes that have reshaped the publishing industry in the decade since. From blank page to first glowing (or gutting) review, Betsy Lerner is a knowing and sympathetic coach who helps writers discover how they can be more productive in the creative process and how they can better their odds of not only getting published, but getting published well. This is an essential trove of advice for writers and an indispensable user's manual to both the inner life of the writer and the increasingly anxious place where art and commerce meet: the boardrooms and cubicles of the publishing house.

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