The Little Style Guide to Great Christian Writing and Publishing

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The Little Style Guide to Great Christian Writing and Publishing provides a fresh understanding and distinctively Christian examination of style and language. It covers all the basic rules of grammar, style, and editing and will be of immediate interest to Christian writers and editors. The Little Style Guide will be cross-referenced with the Chicago Manual of Style, Fifteenth Edition and will be a welcome companion to the CMS in handling concerns that are unique to Christian writing and editing. The burgeoning ...

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Overview

The Little Style Guide to Great Christian Writing and Publishing provides a fresh understanding and distinctively Christian examination of style and language. It covers all the basic rules of grammar, style, and editing and will be of immediate interest to Christian writers and editors. The Little Style Guide will be cross-referenced with the Chicago Manual of Style, Fifteenth Edition and will be a welcome companion to the CMS in handling concerns that are unique to Christian writing and editing. The burgeoning field of electronic publishing has greatly increased the number of Christian writers. In the U.S. alone, there are over 500 Christian writers conferences and guilds each year. The Little Style Guide will serve the needs of the largest publishing houses and their authors and editors along with the smallest churches who weekly publish a newsletter and communicate through a Web site.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805427875
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1. Book Production 3
A. Preparation of the Manuscript 3
B. Rights and Permissions 4
C. Stages in Manuscript Production 5
D. Editor-Author Relationship 6
2. Punctuation 8
A. Period 8
B. Exclamation Point 9
C. Question Mark 9
D. Comma 10
E. Semicolon 12
F. Colon 13
G. Dash 14
H. Quotation Marks 15
I. Parentheses 16
J. Brackets 17
K. Ellipses 18
L. Apostrophe 19
M. Solidus/Slash/Slant/Virgule 20
N. Diacritical Marks and Special Characters 21
3. Elements of Style 22
A. Italics 22
B. Hyphenation 23
C. Abbreviations 24
D. Abbreviations and Scripture References 26
E. Abbreviations of Scripture Versions 27
4. Use of Numbers in Text 29
A. General Rules 29
B. Currency 32
C. Dates and Times 32
D. Street Names and Addresses 33
5. Capitalization 34
A. Titles of Offices 34
B. Kinship Names 35
C. Political Divisions 35
D. Organizations 36
E. Words Derived from Geographical Locations or Proper Names 37
F. Holidays/Seasons 37
G. Religious Terms 38
6. Footnotes and References for General Audiences 61
A. General Rules 61
B. Internet References 63
C. Scripture References 64
7. Academic Style Requirements 66
A. General Style Rules for Academic Books 66
B. Bible Book Abbreviations for Academic Books 68
8. Words, Words, Words--Tricky Spellings and Meanings, Bugaboos, and Pitfalls 70
9. Publishing and Technology Helps 130
A. Suggestions on Choosing and Using Technology 130
B. Word Processing Terms 133
C. Common Editing and Publishing Process Definitions 138
D. Electronic Media Terms 148
10. Proofreading and Editing Marks and Explanations 157
11. Writing for Religious Publishers 159
12. Suggested Books for Authors and Editors 164
A. Grammar, Style, and Usage 164
B. Dictionaries, Thesauruses, and Other Reference Books 174
C. Book Editing 192
D. Computers, Electronic Editing, Databases, and Computer Networking 198
E. Proofreading 200
F. Indexing 201
G. Copyright and Literary Law 202
13. Subject Index 207
About the Authors 210
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