The new edition of The Chicago Manual of Style has a nicely laid-out hyphenation guide (in chart format) for compound modifiers (7.85). Most of the rules are the same as before, with one notable exception: colors.
I received my preordered copy of the newest (16th) edition of The Chicago Manual of Style right before leaving to teach at the Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference last week. But I’m back now, and ready to dive in and find out what’s changed. I’ll be posting on this blog some of the things I discover. […]
When you start a sentence with a modifying word or phrase, the next thing in the sentence is what must be modified by that word or phrase. A “dangling modifier” is a phrase that does not clearly and sensibly modify the appropriate word.
Following on the heels of last week’s column, here are more ways you can tighten your manuscript.
To tighten your manuscript, do what I call a Scissor Edit. Cut out everything that doesn’t absolutely need to be in the manuscript. The tighter the writing, the more publishers—and readers—will like it. Here are a few ways to cut. Look for more next week!
Copyright law is written to encourage the growth of knowledge while at the same time protecting those who further the growth of knowledge. You use a book to gain knowledge; an author publishes a book to earn money. You would not purchase a book if you could not use the information in the book, but […]
Whenever a book, article, poem, drama, song, database, or illustration comes into the world in tangible form, it is automatically covered by copyright, regardless of whether the work is published or registered with the copyright office.
Following are some of the most common mistakes new writers make: