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October 2016 

The Writing/Publishing Shelf

From the Errors of Others
Rebecca M. Lyles
Archway Publishing
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
www.archwaypublishing.com
9781480828476, $42.95, HC, 394pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis:
“From the Errors of Others: How to Avoid Embarrassing Mistakes in Writing and Speaking” is an informative collection of crisp, witty, and slyly informative essays for grownups with a sense of humor by technical writer and editor Rebecca M. Lyles. The focus is on communication including the good, the bad, and the patently bizarre. “From the Errors of Others” is as entertaining a read as it is informed and informative as aspiring writers and speakers learn how to: keep a professional tone; avoid awkward writing and speech habits; communicate clearly without being pretentious; detect deception; and use a writing comfort zone.

Critique:
Impressively well written, organized and presented, “From the Errors of Others: How to Avoid Embarrassing Mistakes in Writing and Speaking” is an extraordinary compendium of insight, experience, advice, and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ commentary. While very highly recommended for community and academic library Writing & Speaking instructional and reference collections, it should be noted for students, aspiring writers, novice speakers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that “From the Errors of Others” is also available in a paperback edition (9781480828469, $23.99) and in a Kindle format ($3.99).

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