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TWO FRIENDS CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE CORRECTION AT A TIME

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/04/2011

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-59108-1

The Great Typo Hunt is a humorous, insightful tale of adventure, misplaced apostrophes, and the open road. It describes how the authors took a two-and-a-half month drive around the United States to fix typos in public signage, toting an arsenal of typo correction that included markers, Wite-Out, and chalk–and how they were later summoned to federal court for defacing a historic sign at the Grand Canyon.
Besides detailing the comical adventures of typo correcting, the book shows how the...

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A FIENDISHLY CLEVER GUIDE TO CRAFTING THE LINES THAT GET LAUGHS, GO VIRAL, AND LIVE FOREVER
Written by JAY HEINRICHS

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

On Sale: 10/04/2011

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-71636-1

In Word Hero, Jay Heinrichs rescues the how-to of verbal artistry from staid textbooks and makes it entirely fresh and engaging. Here, there are no dry, abstract ideas hidden in academic jargon. Rather, Heinrichs brilliantly reveals mechanisms that make powerful language work.

Students will learn how to choose words strategically and draw indelible verbal pictures by employing such tools as "crashing symbols," "rapid repeaters," "Russian Dolls," and even the powers of Mr. Potato Head. With...

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SHED YOUR INHIBITIONS AND CRAFT A COMPELLING MEMOIR OR PERSONAL ESSAY
Written by ADAIR LARA

Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

On Sale: 08/31/2010

Price: $15.99

ISBN: 978-1-580-08480-2

An instructive, inspiring, and refreshingly irreverent guide that shows aspiring writers how to cast off self-doubt and concoct a stellar memoir.

The award-winning author of an autobiographical newspaper column, Adair Lara has written more than ten books, including the memoir Hold Me Close, Let Me Go. Packed with insight and humor, Naked, Drunk, and Writing is the culmination of her extensive experience as a writer, editor, and teacher. She coaches readers through all of the stages of memoir...

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A WRITER'S GUIDE TO CRAFTING KILLER SENTENCES
Written by JUNE CASAGRANDE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

On Sale: 07/27/2010

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-580-08740-7

This new, innovative writing book from grammar columnist June Casagrande focuses on the sentence as the unit of meaning in writing, showing writing students and professional writers alike how to craft bold, effective, reader-serving sentences.

CONTENTS
Introduction The Sentence: The Writer’s Most Important Tool
Ch. 1  Who Cares? Making Sentences Meaningful to Your Reader
Ch. 2 Conjunctions That Kill: Subordination
Ch. 3 Movable Objects: Understanding Phrases and Clauses
Ch. 4 Size Matters: Short...

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Written by MAEVE BINCHY

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/09/2010

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47385-1

“The most important thing to realize is that everyone is capable of telling a story.” –Maeve Binchy

If you scribble story ideas on the backs of receipts…
If you file away bits of overheard conversation from the coffee shop...
If you’ve already chosen the perfect pen name...
Well, then the journey has begun!

In this warm and inspiring guide, beloved author Maeve Binchy shares her unique insight to how a best selling author writes: from finding a subject and creating good writing habits to...

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GIFTING THE WORLD WITH YOUR WORDS AND STORIES, AND CREATING THE TIME AND ENERGY TO ACTUALLY DO IT
Written by SARK

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Harmony

On Sale: 08/12/2008

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-34170-9

Write and share what’s in your heart! That is the SARK way to help students how to free their creative spirit. Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper is a fun and practical guide to the craft of writing and storytelling. Included are exercises and games to transport ideas from mind to paper; tips on how to find true inspiration in ordinary things to fuel their writing; ways to develop their individual writer’s voice, and much more. Author website: PlanetSARK.com.

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AND OTHER EXERCISES FOR THE CREATIVE WRITER

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/08/2008

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97548-2

You already have the tools to become a gifted writer; what you need is the spark. Harvard creative writing professor and acclaimed author Bret Anthony Johnston brings you an irresistible interactive guide to the craft of narrative writing. From developing characters to building conflict, from mastering dialogue to setting the scene, Naming the World jump-starts your creativity with inspiring exercises that will have you scrambling for pen and paper. Every chapter is a master class with the...

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING STRATEGIES THAT WORK
Written by JACK R. HART

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 08/14/2007

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-07869-1

Mystified over misplaced modifiers? In a trance from intransitive verbs? Paralyzed from using the passive voice? To aid writers, from beginners to professionals, legendary writing coach Jack Hart presents a comprehensive, practical, step-by-step approach to the writing process. He shares his techniques for composing and sustaining powerful writing and demonstrates how to overcome the most common obstacles such as procrastination, writer’s block, and excessive polishing. With instructive...

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A WRITER'S GUIDE TO BOLD, CONTEMPORARY STYLE
Written by ARTHUR PLOTNIK

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Reference

On Sale: 05/08/2007

Price: $14.99

ISBN: 978-0-375-72227-1

When too tightly leashed, writing chokes and loses its vitality. Although the rules of composition popularized in William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White’s Elements of Style have been de rigueur for decades, they won’t exactly set your writing free.

To the rescue comes Spunk & Bite, a guide to bold and radiant language and style. The secret, according to bestselling author and former publishing executive Arthur Plotnik, is to embrace those qualities that composition rulebooks sidestep–among them,...

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THE SURPRISING ORIGINS AND ASTONISHING SECRETS OF ENGLISH SPELLING
Written by JAMES ESSINGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Delta

On Sale: 05/01/2007

Price: $13.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34084-7

Welcome to the illogical, idiosyncratic, outrageous linguistic phenomenon known as the English language. The story of how this ragtag collection of words evolved is a winding tale replete with intriguing accidents and bizarre twists of fate. In this insightful and luminous book, James Essinger unlocks the mysteries that have confounded linguists and scholars for millennia.

From the sophisticated writing systems of the ancient Sumerians through the tongue twisters of Middle English, the...

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UPDATED AND EXPANDED 3RD EDITION, IN DICTIONARY FORM
Written by BARBARA ANN KIPFER

Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages

Publisher: Delta

On Sale: 06/14/2005

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-33895-0

Combining scholarly authority with a new awareness of today’s communication demands, Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus is the simple, reliable way to find the perfect word for your needs. It features an easy-to-use dictionary format plus a revolutionary Concept Index that arranges words by idea, thus enhancing the user’s process of association and leading to scores of additional selections. The inclusion of a wide spectrum of words and phrases with each entry–from sophisticated choices to...

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Format: Paperback, 720 pages

Publisher: Dell

On Sale: 06/14/2005

Price: $5.99

ISBN: 978-0-440-24254-3

FINDING THE RIGHT WORD HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER…WITH THE ULTIMATE SOURCE FOR TODAY’S STUDENTS, WRITERS, READERS, AND COMMUNICATORS

From the editors of America’s favorite dictionary comes the definitive reference for meeting today’s challenging communication demands. Remarkably easy to use and completely up-to-date, The American Heritage® Thesaurus is an essential resource for finding the perfect word, enhancing your mastery of the English language, and expressing yourself with precision and...

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