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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79
    eeek. my Perry one is two-thirds done and is around 800-900 already. It's only a draft, and i always lose about a third when i go through and tidy it up.
    Yes it is hard to keep them down to 500 words, so I would not worry too much
    You know it makes sense.

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    Okay we have a new reivew up, and it is not by me!

    Penguins Stopped Play Thanks to Eddie for this, sounds like a funny/interesting read


    We also have one coming from SJS as soon as Mr Voltman passes his trained eye over it.

    Not sure what has happened to Matt79?

    So if you have read a cricket book of late, and would like some writing practice these reviews are a good way to obtain that practice, since your work will be proof read.

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    Trained? I bluffed my way into this job, archie.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    Trained? I bluffed my way into this job, archie.






    PS. Don't tell anyone - especially James.

    Shush, I am hunting book reviewers here, you must be very still and only speak soto voce, otherwise we will scare them away


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    Proof-reader alert - awooga! awooga!

    Two sets of quotes have been butchered by the editor - which is surprising seeing as it was written in Open Office Writer without Smart Quotes.

    Paragraph two, 'Scotties'
    Paragraph eight, 'glunk'.

    /God. When you've got to proof-read the proof-reader
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    That's strange - I tend to use Wordpad, and that's usually fine - perhaps I used something else this time.

    I can't edit it sadly - at least, as far as I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    Proof-reader alert - awooga! awooga!

    Two sets of quotes have been butchered by the editor - which is surprising seeing as it was written in Open Office Writer without Smart Quotes.

    Paragraph two, 'Scotties'
    Paragraph eight, 'glunk'.

    /God. When you've got to proof-read the proof-reader
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    BTW, I have sent in the review of Cricket Mercenaries. Hope it has been recieved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    That's strange - I tend to use Wordpad, and that's usually fine - perhaps I used something else this time.

    I can't edit it sadly - at least, as far as I know.
    By 'editor' I meant the software medium, as opposed to the liveware interface (i.e.you)


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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    So if you have read a cricket book of late, and would like some writing practice these reviews are a good way to obtain that practice, since your work will be proof read.
    Interesting that you use proof-reading and editing as a selling point to get more reviews..

    I'm not saying I'm correct in my mentality, but Ive always held the philosophy that if you pay me for work then you can do what you like to it. It is yours to make better or butcher as you see fit. However, if it is a free submission then hands off. You can choose to publish or not publish but if you do go with it then it must be published 'as is'.
    If I only just posted the above post, please wait 5 mins before replying as there is bound to be edits

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    Interesting that you use proof-reading and editing as a selling point to get more reviews..

    I'm not saying I'm correct in my mentality, but Ive always held the philosophy that if you pay me for work then you can do what you like to it. It is yours to make better or butcher as you see fit. However, if it is a free submission then hands off. You can choose to publish or not publish but if you do go with it then it must be published 'as is'.
    The idea is that it will help your writing, re-format, grammar etc.

    I have had a couple of things published and they have edited it every time, so I think that is fairly common practice these days.

    It may been a little misleading, after the proof reading stage it is send back to the writer of the review. At this stage they can argue the point or make other changes themselves.

    So far I have only had minor changes made to my work, and each time I think it has improved the review.

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    That's a touch knee-jerk. My proof-reading role is simply to tidy up sentences, make sure spelling is correct, and ensure all articles have the same "style" ie. words capitalised or not.

    If I was to re-write a whole paragraph, I would contact the writer first. While this site is all voluntary, James does want the site to look as professional as possible.

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    It's really important to have someone look at your submissions - the problem that many people have with proof-reading their own work is that a mind tends to read what it expects to find there.

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    A new book review, this time by Armchairumpire, our first NZ book, and it sounds interesting
    The Fleming Bio

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    My Favourite Cricket Books

    From about 30 years of reading from the 70's onwards :

    1.Wildest Tests - Ray Robinson (revised '79 edition)

    2.Cricket War - Gideon Haigh '93 - THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON KERRY PACKER'S WSC - amazing stuff

    3.Rhythm & Swing - Richard Hadlee '90

    4.In the Fast Lane - Geoff Boycott - trials and tribulations of ENG tour of WI 1981

    5.All round View - Imran '88

    6.Cricket's Colosseum -125 yrs of test Cricket at the MCG - Ken Piesse 2003
    full of trivia and photos

    7.Idols - Sunil Gavaskar '81

    8.Cricket Wallah - Scyld Berry - superb a/c of Eng's tour of Ind '81 and cricket in India

    9.Cricket Revolution - Bob Willis - 81 -articulate book of int cricket in the 70's

    10.Calypso Cavaliers - Brian Crowley '84 - Rebel WI tour of SA 1983

    11.Dickie Bird - an autobiography -97

    12.Pundit's from Pakistan - Rahul Bhattacharya - Ind vs Pak 2004 - Victory Series/travelogue

    13.Whispering Death - Michael Holding/Tony Cozier 1992

    14.Ten Turbulent Years -Cricket In Australia 1977-1987 '87

    15.ESPN Legends of Cricket - Geoff Armstrong 2003

    16.Wills Book of International One Day Cricket 1992

    17.Hitting Across the Line - Viv Richards 1990

    18.Gloves , Sweat and Tears - Rod Marsh 1984

    19.The Men and the Game - Tony Grieg 1977

    20.Five decades of cricket photography - Ken Kelly 1988


    These are the books that have survived - considering I had to dispose off most of my collection to accomodate my other obsession - still a good list

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    I read the Piesse book only recently, very well written. I liked how he gave the nick names for every player mentioned in the book

    The Cricket War, was a great read, recommend to anyone who wants to know what all the fuss was over re- WSC

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