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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Arthur Plotnik  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction History Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

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

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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, 2012Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives, Viva Editions, 2011Spunk and Bite: A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style, Random House, 2007The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists, Collier/Macmillan,1982; Pearson, 2002The Elements of Authorship(previously Honk If You're a Writer, Simon & Schuster, 1992), iUniverse, 2000The Urban Tree Book, Three Rivers Press of Random House, 2000The Man Behind the Quill: Jacob Shallus, Calligrapher of the United States Constitution, National Archives, July 4, 1987Library Life in America: A Journalist's Field Report, Scarecrow Press, 1974

Selected Titles At Your Library

The elements of expression /
ISBN: 0760782571. OCLC Number:

Barnes & Noble,. New York :. 2006.

Better than great :
ISBN: 1573446602. OCLC Number:

Viva Editions,. Berkeley, Calif. :. ©2011.

Deft praise encourages others to feel as we do, share our enthusiasms. In this "age of awesome," our words and phrases of acclaim are exhausted, all but impotent. Arthur Plotnik is proffering a well knit wellspring of worthy and wondrous words to rescue our worn-down usage. --from publisher description.

Spunk & bite :
ISBN: 0375722270. OCLC Number:

Random House Reference,. New York :. 2007, ©2005.

Today's writer needs more than just a solid knowledge of usage and composition to write successfully. Bestselling author Arthur Plotnik reveals the secrets to attention-grabbing, unforgettable writing. Updated with all-new writing exercises, Spunk & Bite will help writers take books, articles, business reports, memos, and even e-mail messages to the next level. - Publisher.

Elements of authorship :
ISBN: 059500119X. OCLC Number:

ToExcel,. San Jose :. ©2000.

The urban tree book :
ISBN: 0812931033. OCLC Number:

Three Rivers Press,. New York :. ©2000.

Identifies trees commonly found in North American cities and offers advice on planting and caring for trees in an urban forest environment.

The man behind the quill :
ISBN: 0911333584. OCLC Number:

National Archives and Records Administration,. Washington, DC :. 1987.

Library life--American style :
ISBN: 0810808528. OCLC Number:

Scarecrow Press,. Metuchen, N.J. :. 1975.

Speaking Engagements

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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.

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