Monday, June 15, 2009

From my shelf

A year or so ago, I took an editing course with Kathy Ide, the founder and coordinator of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network. I'd never heard of The Chicago Manual of Style or the fact that editing houses used certain grammar, punctuation, usage and spelling rules.

If I can recommend one book to buy that will clean up your writing so when you submit you might look a tad more professional, I'd tell you to buy Kathy's book, Polishing the "PUGS."

It's a mini version of the huge CMS.

I constantly refer to it but sometimes not enough as my critique friends can attest to.

Excerpt: Capitalization

Family Relationships, "Kinship names"(father, brother, aunt, cousin, etc.) are lowercase when used generically or when preceded by a modifier. EX.: my dad

When used in place of the name, kinship names are capitalized. Ex. "Hey, Dad, are we going fishing today?"

Terms of Endearment: Terms of affection (honey, dear, sweetheart) are always lowercase.

Terms of Respect: Honorific titles are capitalized. But general terms of respect are not. Ex. His/Her/Your majesty
my lord

Some basic information but I know once I read this compact book--it made a difference. She lays out the rules simply and easily. No wading through a hard grammar book.

So if you want a good clean-up-- I highly recommend this one take a place on your shelf!


Barbara said...

Thanks for the great recommendations!

Jan Cline said...

Thanks for the tip...I just ordered it. I could really use the help.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I have this one, but must read through it yet. Thanks for reminding me.

Lin said...

helpful ideas, I'll use your recommendations in my next local writer's newsletter. thanks a bunch!

Jody Hedlund said...

Great suggestion! Thank you!

Yolanda said...

I will more than likely try to purchase this book, thank you so much!

ginny said...

I will go this week and see if I can get it. Thanks.

Sassy Granny ... said...

What a gem you are to share your tried & true resources. No wonder the writers flock to this site ... a virtual goldmine.

Be blessed,

Andrea said...

Thanks for the book reccomendation.

KelliGirl said...

I have to check this out. Thanks!

Wendy said...

Okay, I'm laughing and I know you know why! You are too much fun!
~ Wendy

Trudy said...

Thanks Terri...that does look like a good one!

Rose Mary said...

Thank you, Terri~you answered a question I had asked on my blog! I always love getting recommendations from other writers. I'm trying to build up a good library of writing books.

AnooCre8ion said...

Sounds like a great book Terri. I'll definitely take note of it and check it out sometime later.


Kristen Painter said...

I thought I was a fairly clean writer, but I'm learning a lot as I go through edits.