​​​Arthur  Plotnik, Author

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ARTHUR PLOTNIK is a versatile author with a distinguished background in editing and publishing. 

Of his nine books, two have been featured selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club: 


  • The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts Into Words (Holt, B&N), now in a revised and expanded edition from Viva Editions,  with audio by Audible;​
  • The Elements of Editing,  (Macmillan-/Longman), a popular guide through more than twenty printings.


Reviewers have consistently praised Plotnik's writing for its accuracy, style, and wit, often ranking it with Strunk & White's Elements of Style in practicality. Formerly editorial director for the American Library Association, Plotnik is also an award-winning writer of articles, columns, short fiction, and poetry. 

His Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Bold. Contemporary Style (Random House, 2007) is among the best-selling recent titles on expressive writing. Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, called it "A must for every writer's desk." Lauded by BooklistLibrary Journal,  the Goodreads raters and many others, it is available also in e-book editions, including Amazon Kindle and Sony. 


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"Arthur Plotnik. He's a freaking genius-god in the writing world."   

     --Jessica Page Morrell, author,  PowellsBooks.Blog