An Update on Using Commas with Etc.

At paragraph 6.20, the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style notes that the abbreviation etc. (et cetera, literally “and others of the same kind”) and such equivalents as and so forth and and the like are preceded by a comma. In a slight departure from previous editions of CMOS, such expressions are

New! Free! Official Turabian/Chicago Style Paper-Formatting Tip Sheets

Today we’re celebrating the new 9th edition of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations with a free resource for students, teachers, librarians, and anyone else writing a paper in Chicago style. These free, printable, downloadable PDF paper-writing tip sheets illustrate everything you need to know for formatting a paper in Turabian (Chicago) style. They are fully compatible with The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.).

Is It Time to Rethink the Third-Person Author Bio?

This morning I was looking at a writer’s website and once again wondered about an anomaly I see all the time in author bios. You know what I mean: those short blurbs that appear on book jackets, at online bookstores and fan sites, on guest posts, conference programs, and other hangouts where writers need to be identified.