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  • By R. Charles Larlham
    Aug 24, 2013
    You won't sit down and read through "A Writing Book For Old Fartz" because it's not that kind of book. Len Maxwell, the author, has been an editor for internet and commercial publishing houses. He knows what will get your submission tossed on the "not-a-chance" pile. This book will tell you how to not make that happen. This is not a book on how to write a book. It's a book on how to write, punctuate and structure sentences in any book you might want to write. This book is written for people like me who have decided late in life to write, and try to publish something, and who discover to their horror that they've forgotten many of the rules they learned 30, 40 or even 50 years or more ago in high school and college. I had to relearn these rules from Len as he edited my "finished" work. You have an advantage. You can simply go dig this book out from wherever it's been shoved and look up the problem you're facing. Once you've done that, put the book next to... More > wherever you normally write... and don't move it. The book carries an undertone of wry humor, but don't let that mislead you. If the book says, "Do it this way," do it that way. To do otherwise is to raise a red flag in the mind of any publisher considering your work. Make Len Maxwell your editor through the regular use of this book. Check what you're doing, even if you're sure you’re doing it right... if the book disagrees - you're doing it wrong. The book is filled with examples of the right way and the wrong way juxtaposed. You will learn arcane secrets of English writing. Did you know that there are three uses for an apostrophe? I just learned that while looking up an example for this paragraph. Chapter 9, Plurals and Possessives: "The third purpose of an apostrophe is to make something a plural in a few limited situations. The first is when pluralizing individual letters of the alphabet. Your son did well this year and came home with three A's and two B's. "Note that A and B were not italicized in the sentence above because you were writing about grades. If you're writing about letters as letters, they are italicized. My grandmother always told me to watch my p's and q's. Here the letters are italicized, but the 's is not." The book is open and easy to understand and relate to anything going south grammatically. My only advice... if you hope to sell what you're writing and if you're an older writer (or not): Buy this book! You will not regret it.< Less
  • By Pam Brittain
    Jul 25, 2013
    Len Maxwell’s book, "A Writing Book for Old Fartz" isn’t just for old fartz. Every editor and every writer needs this easy to use reference book. Many years ago I was taught to put two spaces after each end of sentence period. I was also taught that commas and periods come after an ending quotation mark—no matter what. Now, both go inside the ending quotation—no matter what. Okay, I’ll buy that for dialogue, but for non-dialogue? It’s just not logical, but that’s the way it is. Len gave me the chance to help edit his book and we had many discussions over this issue. He won. I’d love to get my hands on the jerks that rewrote the rules. Go figure—not all of them are in agreement. Another value in Len’s book is that he’ll tell you if there are arguments between the various gurus of style. Needless to say, every editor and writer needs Len’s book. It’ll save you the headache of constantly referencing the tome, "Chicago Manual of Style" (a great book, but quite large).... More > It’s well worth the price. I may have the manuscript, but I wanted the book and I shall have it in a few days.< Less

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First Edition
Len Maxwell
July 22, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.72 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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