The Name Inspector hopes you know by now that he has written a book. It’s called Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little, and it’s coming out on July 25th (a week earlier for the Nook and Kindle versions). A few people who got advance copies of the book have published reviews, and they’ve said some pretty nice things. It’s enough to make The Name Inspector blush! And then brag.

Let’s start with Robert Swartwood, a writer and the editor of Hint Fiction. He wrote the following review of Microstyle on Goodreads: “This is a must-read for anyone who cares anything for the English language”. Wow, that’s a lot of people. The Name Inspector hopes they all actually do read it. (He hopes they buy it first.) Robert also wrote, “Social network users and fans of Mad Men will especially appreciate it. And, of course, people who like hint fiction.” (Nice job getting a plug in for your own book, Robert!)

Then there’s Donna Seaman’s extremely perceptive and unassailably true review in Booklist (behind a paywall, but you can sign up for a free trial). She called Microstyle “cogent, interesting, and genuinely useful”. She also called it “sophisticated, richly referenced, and example-filled” and “distinctive, instructive, enjoyable, and inspiring”. That’s enough delightful adjectives to last The Name Inspector the rest of the year!

And of course there’s the very first review, which appeared in Library Journal. Maggie Knapp wrote, “For a book on writing short, this is surprisingly long”. Hmmm. OK, fair enough. The Name Inspector likes to think that Microstyle has a good cost-to-information ratio. He could go on about writing little all day!

3 Responses to “Two out of three critics are raving about Microstyle!”

  1. on 08 Jul 2011 at 11:54 am Charles Bohannan

    I’m excited for this, Name Inspector. Anxiously waiting. I will try out the Kindle version.

  2. on 08 Jul 2011 at 12:35 pm The Name Inspector

    Much appreciated, Charles!

  3. on 08 Mar 2012 at 2:03 pm Zach Dennis

    My initial reaction was the same as Maggie’s, but the content inside of Microstyle was worth it. I very much appreciated the holistic look at the entire topic of microstyle. I felt smarter after reading it and am working on applying to my own writing (which is often long-winded).

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