13 February 2020

The Novel Editing Workbook: 105 Tricks & Tips for Revising Your Fiction Manuscript, by Kris Spisak #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US

You are more connected to your manuscript than anyone else could be. It is a part of you. You are part of it. This is the brilliance of creativity, but at can also be a major hindrance in the editing process.

I'm not advocating this new workbook as an alternative to professional editing, or suggesting that these are ideas you won't have come across before.

Instead, I'd like to recommend Kris Spisak's tips as a series of useful reminders to help you make sure your manuscript is as good as it can be, so your editor has the best possible start.

There are plenty of suggestions of words to search for - and what to do when you find them, as well as prompts to help you improve your first page and tidy up dialogue.

Although I'm close to completing my tenth novel, I'm planning to use this workbook as my 'checklist', and hopefully feel I've done everything I can before sending my manuscript to my editor. 

Tony Riches 

# # #

About the Author

Kris Spisak is a former college writing instructor, having taught at institutions including the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, Kris is now an active ghostwriter, speaker, and freelance editor. She is a member of James River Writers, the Alliance of Independent Authors, and the Women's Fiction Writers Association, Visit Kris-Spisak.com to learn more and find her on Facebook and Twitter @KrisSpisak

Do you have suggestions for useful books for writers you would like to share? Please feel free to comment below

The #AuthorToolboxBlogHop is a monthly event on the topic of resources and learning for authors. Feel free to hop around to the various blogs and see what you learn! The rules and sign-up form are below the list of hop participants. All authors at all stages of their careers are welcome to join in.


  1. I was just listening to a podcast about how it's a good idea to get your manuscript to the best place you can get it to before submitting to an editor, and that's kind of a brilliant way to position an editing book. Nice, Tony.

  2. I really appreciate this reference Tony. I will indeed, check it out. I love workbooks and can use all the editing tips I can get :)

  3. This looks interesting - thank you for passing it on!

  4. Thank you for the recommendation! I'll add this one to my list. I'm always on the lookout for helpful resources and checklists that make the process a little more straightforward and streamlined.


Thank you for commenting