Writing With Style

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by Andy Scheer

Besides a dictionary and various Bibles, I keep two reference books at fingertip distance: the current edition of The Christian Writer’s Market Guide (2015–2016) and The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style.

Whatever my current editing or writing project, I find myself checking Robert Hudson’s 400-page guide to everything from Abbreviations to Zion.

The dozen-page section that lists capitalization style for various religious terms is itself worth the book’s price. But there’s so much more: virtually a university-level course in writing, editing, and publishing.

If you don’t yet own a copy, you should. But you might want to wait a few months.

A fourth edition of the manual — the first major revision in more than 10 years — will be released this July. Zondervan says they have expanded and revised the guide to keep pace with a digital environment.

Considering that the current guide’s pages on “Computer- and Internet-Related Words” include spelling and capitalization guidance for dial up and floppy disk, that new edition is probably due.

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About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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