Lapsing Into a Comma

Author: Bill Walsh
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 007138992X
Release Date: 2000-05-22
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

No writer's or editor's desk is complete without a battered, page-bent copy of the AP Stylebook. However, this not-so-easy-to-use reference of journalistic style is often not up-to-date and leaves reporters and copyeditors unsatisfied. Bill Walsh, copy chief for the Washington Post's business desk, addresses these shortcomings in Lapsing into a Comma. In an opinionated, humorous, and yes, curmudgeonly way, he shows how to apply the basic rules to unique, modern grammar issues. Walsh explains how to deal with perplexing situations such as trendy words, foreign terms, and web speak.

102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1 500 Words or Less

Author: I.J. Schecter
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599631523
Release Date: 2009-12-07
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Can you make a living writing? Absolutely! 102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less shows you the wide array of freelance opportunities available–and gives you everything you need to know to reap the benefits of a bustling writing career. Award-winning freelancer and highly sought communications consultant I.J. Schecter delivers ideas for finding freelance work in traditional markets like magazines and newspapers, as well as in unique markets, including: fast-food tray liner copy person-to-person correspondence (including love letters!) resumes menus and many others! Every suggestion is backed by a real-life experience from Schecter and other freelancing experts. Plus, each of the 102 ways has a "Get This Gig" section that tells you where to start, who to contact, and what to charge so you can immediately apply what you learn. 102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less gives you the knowledge, confidence, and inspiration to recognize and make the most of today's freelance possibilities.

The Complete Guide to Self Publishing

Author: Marilyn Ross
Publisher: Adams Media
ISBN: 1599631806
Release Date: 2010-07-12
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Take Control of Your Destiny! Bottom line: You want to get published. You want to control the future of your manuscript and your writing career. Best-selling author Marilyn Ross and publishing expert Sue Collier show you how to make your own success - whether you're a published author, entrepreneur, corporation, professional, or absolute newcomer to writing. In this expanded and completely revised 5th edition of the "bible" of self-publishing (over 100,000 copies sold), they empower you to publish your own work with minimal risk and maximum profits. You'll find: Complete step-by-step guidance on publishing and marketing a book Ways to leverage social media marketing to build your platform and make yourself stand out from the crowd A thorough explanation of the difference between POD self-publishing, subsidy publishing, and true self-publishing - and how to decide which is the best option for you Practical advice on making the decision between offset printing and print-on-demand How to leverage the Internet to create "buzz" and promote your book with killer PR The latest information on e-publishing A detailed marketing plan and timetable to keep you on track Proven marketing strategies to get free publicity, reach nontraditional buyers, and sell books Information-packed appendices with marketing contacts, organizations, and vendors, complete with names, addresses, and websites Valuable case studies and examples of how other publishers excel An in-depth discussion of exclusive distributors, plus coverage of the most recent changes in bookstores and the book-selling industry Thirty-one creative ideas for generating capital to launch your publishing company The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing is the one book you need to take control of your writing career. Read it. Believe it. Do it. Your future depends on it.

Publish Your Family History

Author: Dina C Carson
Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.
ISBN: 9781622878253
Release Date: 2015-01-23
Genre: Family & Relationships

If you have stories to share with your family, whether you have been researching a short time or a long time, this book will: * take you through the four stages of publishing projects * show you how publishing works * help you pick a project to publish * lead you through a research review to see what you have and what you still need to tell the stories in a compelling way * give you the skills to become a good storyteller * lead you through the process of editing * instruct you how to prepare your manuscript to look like it was professionally published and * help you spread the word that you have a book available Everything you need to write and publish your family history. Keywords: family history, genealogy, write a family history, write a genealogy, publish your family history, how to self-publish, book publishing, storytelling, book marketing, designing a book

Nude Mice

Author: Cynthia L. Kryder MS Ccisp
Publisher: Accidental Medical Writer
ISBN: 9781601457431
Release Date: 2009-03-01
Genre: Business & Economics

The field of biomedical communications is filled with jargon that can confuse even seasoned medical writers. Nude Mice is a comprehensive resource that demystifies complex medical jargon so that medical writers can write accurate text for any audience, any time.

Communicating in Style

Author: Yateendra Joshi
Publisher: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
ISBN: 8179930165
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

If you are a researcher, an academic, a journalist, or a manager -- long on technical expertise but short on time

Yes I Could Care Less

Author: Bill Walsh
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781250006639
Release Date: 2013-06-18
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A lighthearted usage guide shares a latest treasury of language pet peeves and common grammatical mistakes.

The Elephants of Style

Author: Bill Walsh
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071442758
Release Date: 2004-04-22
Genre: Business & Economics

Advice on good writing from everybody's favorite editorial curmudgeon Persnickety, cantankerous, opinionated, entertaining, hilarious, wise...these are a few of the adjectives reviewers used to describe good-writing maven Bill Walsh's previous book, Lapsing Into a Comma. Now, picking up where he left off in Lapsing, Walsh addresses the dozen or so biggest issues that every writer or editor must master. He also offers a trunkload of good advice on the many little things that add up to good writing. Featuring all the elements that made Lapsing such a fun read, including Walsh's trademark acerbic wit and fascinating digressions on language and its discontents, The Elephants of Style provides: Tips on how to tame the "elephants of style"--the most important, frequently confused elements of good writing More of Walsh's popular "Curmudgeon's Stylebook"--includes entries such as Snarky Specificity, Metaphors, Near and Far, Actually is the New Like, and other uses and misuses of language Expert advice for writers and editors on how to work together for best results

The Handbook of Good English

Author: Edward Johnson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780671707972
Release Date: 1991-03-01
Genre: Education

Now substantially revised and updated, this essential guide is arranged in an easy-to-follow, topical style that takes readers from the rules governing basic sentence structure to methods of achieving effective expression.

Word Court

Author: Barbara Wallraff
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544109933
Release Date: 2012-09-24
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

In 1993, the Atlantic Monthly's senior editor Barbara Wallraff began answering grammar questions on America Online. Instantaneously the site became one of AOL's most popular forums, as questions, and responses to Wallraff's responses, came flooding in. This vibrant exchange became the bimonthly "Word Court" in the Atlantic Monthly, and the "Miss Manners of Grammar" was born. In Word Court, Wallraff moves beyond her column to tackle common and uncommon items, establishing rules for such issues as turns of phrase, slang, name usage, punctuation, and newly coined vocabulary. With true wit, she deliberates and decides on the right path for lovers of language, ranging from classic questions-is "a historical" or "an historical" correct?-to awkward issues-How long does someone have to be dead before we should all stop calling her "the late"? Should you use "like" or "as"-and when? The result is a warmly humorous, reassuring, and brilliantly perceptive tour of how and why we speak the way we do.

When Good People Write Bad Sentences

Author: Robert W. Harris
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781466852327
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Reference

At last, help for writers who can admit they have a problem. Do you get a lift by dangling a participle? Has your punctuation ever caused difficulties at home or at work? Do you consider yourself just a "social misspeller?" These are just a few of the warning signs that you might have an addiction to bad writing. But fear not. This practical guide to eliminating bad writing habits will put you on the path to recovery. Filled with accessible advice and examples, this "powerful 12-step program" identifies the most common writing mistakes and offers simple ways to correct them. Here, you can learn to overcome wordiness, formality, incompleteness, and other problems that stand in the way of clear communication. And as you learn to eliminate ineffective sentences, you'll be "writing off" jargon, mixed metaphors, clichés, and more. The advice in this ingenious and useful book has helped Tom G., Martha D., and Cathy W.* write more clearly, confidently, and persuasively. It can do the same for you - whether you write for school, work, or pleasure. If you've tried other programs, only to fall back on bad habits, let Standard English be your guide. This book will show you how. Get ready to improve your writing skills - one sentence at a time. *their real names

Between You Me Confessions of a Comma Queen

Author: Mary Norris
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393246605
Release Date: 2015-04-06
Genre: Reference

“Hilarious. . . . This book charmed my socks off.” —Patricia O’Conner, New York Times Book Review Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Between You & Me features Norris's laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage—comma faults, danglers, "who" vs. "whom," "that" vs. "which," compound words, gender-neutral language—and her clear explanations of how to handle them. Down-to-earth and always open-minded, she draws on examples from Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and the Lord's Prayer, as well as from The Honeymooners, The Simpsons, David Foster Wallace, and Gillian Flynn. She takes us to see a copy of Noah Webster's groundbreaking Blue-Back Speller, on a quest to find out who put the hyphen in Moby-Dick, on a pilgrimage to the world's only pencil-sharpener museum, and inside the hallowed halls of The New Yorker and her work with such celebrated writers as Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders. Readers—and writers—will find in Norris neither a scold nor a softie but a wise and witty new friend in love with language and alive to the glories of its use in America, even in the age of autocorrect and spell-check. As Norris writes, "The dictionary is a wonderful thing, but you can't let it push you around."

The Weird World of Words

Author: Mitchell Symons
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9781936976935
Release Date: 2015-05-26
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

A collection of English-language trivia shares fun facts about words and language usage, from "almost" being the longest English word with its letters in alphabetical order to "stewardesses" being the longest word typed with the left hand. Original. 10,000 first printing.

The Oxford Book of Aphorisms

Author: John Gross
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0192804561
Release Date: 1983
Genre: Reference

Gathers witty quotations about nature, religion, fear, hope, fame, wealth, politics, marriage, happiness, knowledge, language, and death