Review of ‘An Editor’s Pet Peeves: A Pocket Guide for Writers’ by Debra Staples (May 2013):
Whether you’re submitting your work to an agent, a publisher, or publishing independently, nothing obscures great plots and wonderful dialogue more than poor punctuation, rambling sentences, and sloppy grammar. An Editor’s Pet Peeves: A Pocket Guide for Writers offers a well-organized easy to use guide for finding and correcting the most common errors. Experienced editor and veteran publisher Debra Staples illuminates these blind spots with clear examples and helpful suggestions to improve your writing. No author’s writing is perfect, but with the help of this guide you can get a lot closer.
I reference this book often when polishing my own work for submission. In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that Deb Staples is my editor and publisher. One additional note, it’s currently available as an e-Book, with a paperback forthcoming.