Copyediting With An Attitude (and cats)

The go-to guide for proofing, editing, and creating. With cats. Of course. …



Marcy throws a book a Cynthia.

Marcy:  Here. Read this.

Cynthia:  Ooohhhh… it’s Freddy’s recently published book on copyediting. With cool cat illustrations!

Marcy:  Read it. Learn it. Live it. It’s funny. It’s educational. It’s the best book on editing/proofing for bloggers, marketers, students, job seekers, and writers. And I’m not saying that just because Freddy sneaks me treats when you’re not looking.

Cynthia:   “Copyediting With An Attitude“. That’s just your style, Marcy.

Marcy:  Yes. And the best chapter is about tightening up your text to make a powerful impact.

Cynthia:  And how does that work?

Marcy (excitedly): You cut all unnecessary words from your text.. It’s terrific fun. And quite savage.

Copyediting With An Attitude by Freddy Tran Nager, Illustration by Mark Armstrong

Cynthia:  So, for example, instead of saying –

Marcy:  Cut!

Cynthia: I’m just trying to  –

Marcy:  Cut!

Cynthia:  Marcy, I’m  –

Marcy: Cut!

Cynthia takes a breath.

Marcy:  Cut!


Marcy:  See. It works wonders to get your point across succinctly. And importantly.

Cynthia:  S-

Marcy:  Cut!


*This is our shameless plug for Freddy’s book, Copyediting With An Attitude. It really is an exceptional book about how to edit your work to make it impactful and concise. Plus, we love the cat illustrations by Mark Armstrong!

(buying via the affiliate links may result in Marcy getting more treats)

Copyediting With An Attitude by Freddy Tran Nager, Illustration by Mark Armstrong


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  • Reply Big Momma January 16, 2019 at 8:02 am

    This is so exciting! I just ordered two copies. I love Freddy’s writing and I aspire to his minimalist, snappy style.
    Move over Michele, Freddy’s taking your spot on the NY Times Bestseller List.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch January 16, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      Paws crossed!!! (ohhhh… 2 copies!!)

    • Reply Freddy January 16, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you, Big Momma!

  • Reply Patty January 16, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I loved Freddy’s first book! I’m so excited he has a new one out. The illustrations look great too. It’s always easier to learn when cats are involved!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch January 16, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      Agreed! Cats make EVERYTHING better!!! Meow!
      Looks like Freddy is going to do a second edition of his first book!! Will keep you posted!

    • Reply Freddy January 16, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Couldn’t have done it without the gatos! Thanks, Patty!

  • Reply Vik January 17, 2019 at 1:52 pm


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      Reply Marcy Cat January 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      A+ comment.
      no cuts necessary.

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