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.
Abbreviating number ranges according to The Chicago Manual of Style (per section 9.61 in the 17th ed.) is easy if you can remember these three rules:
When we released the new edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, one of the most frequent questions we received was, “So when is the next Turabian arriving?” We’re pleased to announce that a new edition is finally here.
This month’s workout, “Commas with Quotations and Questions,” is taken from CMOS 17, paragraphs 6.40–42. Advanced editors might tackle the questions cold; learners can study paragraphs 6.40–42 of the Manual before answering the questions.
For Fun Friday, how about some official Chicago style? Here’s how to set up a Chicago-style title page following the guidelines in Kate Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. (You will find this advice in section A.1 in the appendix called “Paper Format and Submission” at the back of the book.) OK, we know that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. So for the fun part,
How does a professional copyeditor know when it’s time to retire? Freelancers especially may be tempted to sail on past the age at which in-house editors are encouraged to put down the red pencil. But in either case, how long is too long? Here are some questions to consider.
CMOS: Behind the Book is about eleven writers and their experiences in writing and publishing. There are already an awful lot of ”How I Got Published“ blog posts out there in the world. How is your book different? CJ: Let me just say, I love those kinds of posts. I think it’s really valuable to
This month’s workout, “Hyphens, Part 3b,” is the fourth (and last) segment on hyphenating compounds, taken from our famous hyphenation table at CMOS 17, paragraph 7.89, and in particular the second half of section 3, “Compounds Formed with Specific Terms.”
Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry and formerly worked for Writer’s Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Her newest book is The Business of Being a Writer. CMOS: What is the business of being a writer?
Double negatives come in many flavors in addition to the familiar “we didn’t find no money” type. Our friends at the website Language Log keep an archive of documented cases of “misnegation,” featuring popular head-scratchers like “I can’t help but not be X,” “I don’t doubt