From Rough to Ready, an Editor’s Tips for Writers by Pat McDonough gives tips for manuscript style, grammar, and formatting. It’s a must have for the serious writer. Even published authors will find worthwhile information in From Rough to Ready.
From Rough to Ready is an assortment of hints, rules, style points and recommendations based on what copyeditor Pat McDonough most frequently needs to point out to new writers who wish to become published authors. It was also based on training she received as a copyeditor when preparing book-length manuscripts. Pat has been a copyeditor with McDONOUGH CONSULTING since 1986.
Pat McDonough, a graduate of American University School of Government & Public Administration, Washington, DC, is the proud mother of two grown sons, and grandmother of five boys. Writing and editing have been a life-long vocation. She was editor of the high school paper at Academy of the Holy Cross and received a scholarship to study journalism at Catholic University. It happened to be a presidential election year; as a campaign worker, she quickly took on more and more challenging assignments to prepare campaign literature, position papers, legislation, and even to assisting with press releases for the Office of the President.
While attending American University at night, Pat worked as a writer/researcher under contract to the National Association of Counties’ Research Foundation (NACORF). There she researched and wrote for the US Public Health Service and County Government Magazine Solid Waste Management for use by county government officials. One chapter reprinted as a stand-alone booklet, Gaining and Maintaining Public Acceptance in Solid Waste Management, became a best seller at the Government Printing Office the following year.
After reading the Maryland Constitution written in colonial times, Ms. McDonough became annoyed by the sexist language, inclusion of obsolete occupations (e.g. horse apple collector), regulation of parking in the City of Baltimore, and other things that had been tacked onto the document. She convinced others to join with her, and in a seven-year effort, they created a Sample Model Constitution For the State of Maryland. It was a catalyst for the State Constitutional Reform movement which took off across the country.
After 1981, events made it clear that the composition of homeless people in America had changed. Patients had been dumped on the street as an unintended consequence of the Least Restrictive Setting Supreme Court ruling about confinement of the mentally ill. She took up the challenge to make the plight of the homeless real to people who could make a difference. Pat McDonough’s book, Without Keys, My 15 Weeks With the Street People, was in the final round for a Pulitzer Prize in biography in 1997.
Pat spent ten years as a volunteer counselor helping friends and families create effective care teams to assist persons with terminal illness. She helped to formulate more than 450 such teams in numerous states.
Her interest in architecture, housing, real estate and development led to the creation of Pat McDonough Consulting Services. As generalist consultant with specialties in affordable housing development, construction management, home inspection, mortgage finance, and non-profit management, she put together complex financial deals, physically relocated 7 houses and apartment buildings, built more than 45 homes, and renovated or was responsible for the renovation of more than 300 homes. Then she became a private home inspector, who inspected so many hundreds of residential structures that she stopped counting.
In 2000, Pat officially retired from building inspection, construction management, mortgage banking and home renovation work for others, to renovate her own home and devote more time to writing, editing, and book publishing.
As a free-lance writer, she has had numerous articles and photographs published. She is presently a member of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild and formerly a member of the 2nd Monday Photographers’ Guild. Pat has been President of Minnesota Independent Scholars’ Forum; Treasurer of Midwest Independent Publishers’ Association; former member, Publishers’ Marketing Association; Vice President of the Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors, and was on the editorial staff of Literary Liftoff magazine.
In addition to the book Without Keys, she authored From Rough to Ready, an Editor’s Tips for Writers. She has co-authored several books and helped numerous authors self-publish, including Seeta Begui’s Eighteen Brothers and Sisters and Mark Nathan’s A World Too Far, Stories in Poems and Songs.
Pat also does resarch for customers who want to discover more about their ancestry and publish it for family members. She has published five such limited-edition books.
Pat McDonough, a McDONOUGH CONSULTING, now makes her living editing and coaching writers, doing special projects, and occasionally ghostwriting. Most of the hundreds of books she has edited have found publisher. With Terra Sancta Press she has published more than 16 of them, and more books are in the works. To see some of the variety of books we have edited and writers we have coached, see the second page under McDONOUGH CONSULTING Tap.
Marie E. Roman, Poet and Educator said: What a delightful departure from dry, boring guidelines of writing! Full of facts, examples, and humor to boot! From Rough to Ready, an Editor’s Tips for Writers, is engaging and resourceful. A must have for those serious about their “masterpiece” getting into print by an established publishing house.
Pat McDonough has done it again!
- Kati Reid said: Really good information in this book From Rough to Ready. I will study and use it as a reference to help me finish my novel.
- Holly Fox Vellekoop Author, Stone Haven: Murder Along the River said: I finished your recent publication, From Rough to Ready, an Editor’s Tips for Writers, and wanted to tell you what a great addition this is to my stash of writing aids. I wish I would have had it years ago. The tips are concise while comprehensive and even the most seasoned writer will learn from it.
- Annetta Sutton said: I love the book. Practical and extremely helpful. I continue working on the manuscript. Looking forward to completion. So many of the suggestions in the book are helping.
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