Arthur Plotnik

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General Information

Name: Arthur Plotnik

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, History, Other;

Born: October 1, 1937, in White Plains, NY



Illinois Connection

Arthur Plotnik has lived in Chicago since 1974. He worked for the American Library Association there from 1974 to 1997.

Biographical and Professional Information

Published Works

The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts Into Words, Henry Holt, 1996; Barnes and Noble, 2006; Viva Editions, 2012

Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives, Viva Editions, 2011

Spunk and Bite: A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style, Random House, 2007

The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists, Collier/Macmillan,1982; Pearson, 2002

The Elements of Authorship(previously Honk If You're a Writer, Simon & Schuster, 1992), iUniverse, 2000

The Urban Tree Book, Three Rivers Press of Random House, 2000

The Man Behind the Quill: Jacob Shallus, Calligrapher of the United States Constitution, National Archives, July 4, 1987

Library Life in America: A Journalist's Field Report, Scarecrow Press, 1974

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Elements of Expression

ISBN: 0760782571
Release Date: 2006

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Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives

ISBN: 9781573446600
Release Date: 2011-06-07

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Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style

ISBN: 0375722270
Release Date: 2007-05-08

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The Elements of Editing a modern guide for editors and journalists

Release Date: 1988

The Elements of Authorship: Unabashed Advice, Undiluted Experience, Unadulterated Inspiration for Writers and Writers-to-be

ISBN: 059500119X
Release Date: 2000-02-17

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Man Behind the Quill, Jacob Shallus

ISBN: 0911333584
Release Date: 1987-06

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Library Life--American Style: A Journalist's Field Report

ISBN: 0810808528
Release Date: 1975-09

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Publicity relating to Better Than Great or Plotnik on words, writing, expressiveness:

Nancy Fish, Marketing & Publicity Manager, Viva Editions. 510/845-8000 or 800/780-2279. Fax, 510-845-8001.

Kat Sanborn, Marketing & Editorial Associate, iva Editions. 510/845-8000. Fax, 510-845-8001.

Rights and new projects

Literary agent:

Roger Williams

New England Publishing Associates


External Links

Arthur Plotnik on WorldCat

Arthur Plotnik on Amazon


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