With introductory pieces by CAT RAMBO and DEAN WESLEY SMITH
Originally published in 1998 as a saddle-stapled chapbook, this edition is a MUST for fans of Ken Rand's amazing reference book on self-editing. With exciting new cover art and expanded references, it is not to be missed.
This concise book is jammed full of the kind of information it often takes beginning writers years to learn. Ken Rand offers his own advice and twenty-five years of experience for the benefit of other writers. His no-nonsense approach to editing fiction will do more to make writing more professional.
Ken Rand has put together a succinct book packed with the kind of useful information it generally takes struggling writers years to learn on their own. The 10% Solution is concise, precise, and points out the kind of small but important trouble areas to help build a powerful narrative voice and a more firmly controlled style. Kudos to Ken Rand for putting his own advice into practice and offering to give others the benefit of his hard-earned knowledge" —Tom Piccirilli
"Ken Rand’s short, no-nonsense approach to editing your own work, properly applied, will do more to make your writing appear professional than anything I’ve seen like it." —James Van Pelt
"You could spend a gazillion bucks patronizing the Famous Writers School. Or you could pick up Ken Rand's economical text and pay scrupulous attention. The 10% Percent Solution is the Real Thing. The Write Stuff. Ken Rand and I share a common background, so I know right where he learned his hard lessons. This little book offers no magical shortcut; but it does distill many years' professional experience and common sense. When I suspect that one of my own stories is working, it's inevitably for one or more of the reasons Ken enumerates herein. The guy knows what he's talking about. If you're a long-time successful writer, pick this up as your refresher course. If you're an ambitious novice, consider this your bible." —Edward Bryant
"The 10% Solution is proof positive that effective books on writing need not be long or tedious. This is the best tool for writers that I've seen in many, many years. I've written fiction for thirty-five years, and taught fiction writing for twenty. During all those years I could have used The 10% Solution. It would have helped me, and it would have saved my students a world of time. Ken Rand's twenty-five years of writing experience have produced a book that every writer needs. It is especially important for the writer who is still trying to break into publishing, but I would recommend it to the most experienced writers. It's a reminder that we should not get loose or sloppy." —Jack Cady