The second edition of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s short book Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers (Loving Healing Press, 2020) is a resource for writers who want to make sure their manuscript receives a welcome at an editor’s desk.
The book includes a list of common Trip-You-Up words that many writers, particularly new writers, tend to confuse and accordingly wrongly use in their writing. Howard-Johnson’s list of about 20 pages gives them heads-up of these words and some phrases too. With many of her entries, she provides examples of the correct use of the words or phrases and what to avoid when using them. In essence, it’s a crash course in important vocabulary and its proper use in writing in English.
It’s worth mentioning that this second edition of Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers is an addendum to her 2007 book The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success, a full-length work about editing one’s book. Given how short this new edition is, it’s best to read it as part of the original book, particularly if you are a professional writer or planning to be one. It can, however, be read on its own in a single setting to clear one’s understanding of common tripper words.
For new writers and writing students, the second edition of Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers can prove a helpful resource, though limited in its scope. One can sure consider its brevity as a merit since it’s a quick and easy yet helpful resource.
Disclaimer: This reviewer happens to be a writer as well as an editor.