US book publishers use different references than magazine or newspaper publishers do. For book manuscripts (and some popular magazines), use The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. For newspapers and journalistic-style magazines, use The Associated Press Stylebook and Webster’s New World College Dictionary.
Dates in text include a comma only if the month and then the date precede the year. Example: “On October 10, 1980, Donita submitted her fourth book in the series.”
Here are a few spelling tips, excerpts from my book Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors: An “aisle” is a passage. (“We met in the grocery store aisle.”) An “isle” is an island. “airfare” is one word. “brussels sprouts” (not “brussel sprouts” or “Brussels sprouts”).
Here is an excerpt from my book Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors: Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling: more than vs. over More than is used with figures.
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