Book Review: Don't Fear the Reaper – Why Every Author Needs an Editor by Blake Atwood

Don't Fear The Reaper
Title: Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor
Author: Blake Atwood
Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
Publisher: AtWords Press
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: This book was provided by Story Cartel

About The Author:
Blake Atwood is an editor, author, and ghostwriter with He’s written Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor, The Gospel According to Breaking Bad, and a few other books.

About The Book:
You’ve written a book, so now what? You may be asking yourself:
• Should I hire an editor?
• What kind of editor do I need?
• How much will professional editing cost?
• Where can I find an editor?
• What will an editor expect from me?
• What can I expect from an editor?

Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor answers these questions and more, while also offering:
• Advice on self-editing
• How to best prepare your book for an editor
• How to make an editor not like you so much
• Why patience is key in writing and publishing

As menacing as editors may appear, you have no need to fear them. They may slice and dice your words and ideas, but they’re on your side. Don’t Fear the Reaper will help you make the most of your writer/editor relationship while encouraging you to keep pursuing the writing craft—one that admits no masters, but only lifelong students.

Aspects I Enjoyed:
~This was an enjoyable short eBook on how the Editing process works at a professional level, and while this book gave much needed advice and was very practical, I would mostly recommend this for first-time authors or authors with minimal experience with the Editing and Publishing Industry.

~After reading this, I felt inspired to return to writing and felt much better about my current writing progress (or more importantly, the lack there of it).

~I particularly liked the Afterword with all the various Writing Resources at the end, most of the books are known to me, but it’s still a good thing to have.

Aspects That Could Have Been Improved
~From my perspective, Blake Atwood is writing this short eBook for new authors or authors with little one-on-one experience, I would have thought he would mention Writer’s Beware in order for first time authors to avoid editing and self-publishing scams.

~Blake Atwood also mentions how while the self-publishing industry provides easy access, it also offers low chances of success. I would have felt this claim more valid if perhaps Blake Atwood had provided some statistics or other valid research material alongside it.

Overall, an enjoyable non-fiction read about Editing that I would recommend for inexperienced Authors

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Don't Fear the Reaper – Why Every Author Needs an Editor by Blake Atwood

  1. Hey! I just wanted to say thanks for the review on this, I was interested in the book just to see what advice it might have to offer. I’ll have to see what Atwood has to say.


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