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First style guide for independent authors
Whether you are writing an academic dissertation or business document or preparing a full-length novel for publication, the Mini Style Guide will prove invaluable. It is divided into three parts:
Part 1 helps you navigate the intricacies of English grammar and punctuation and clarify commonly misused words. It outlines ten ‘golden rules’ to ensure Plain English, and explores inclusive writing, copyright and plagiarism.
Part 2 clearly outlines how to structure a manuscript for publication, explaining the correct sequence of parts. It explains how to express titles of various artistic works, how to treat numbers, and how to present references.
Part 3 surveys the confusing array of publishing options on offer from traditional publishing to self-publishing to help you make the choice that best suits you.
Plentiful examples, templates for standard forms and letters, and a glossary of printing and publishing terms make it an indispensable tool for authors, editors and students.
About the author
Denise O’Hagan (BA Hons, MA) is an editor and writer with a background in commercial book publishing in Australia and the UK. She founded Black Quill Press in 2015 to assist independent writers to publish professionally.
Reviews of the Mini Style Guide
‘With the Mini Style Guide on your desk, you can be a good writer and a good editor!’
Robert Fairhead, book reviewer at Writing NSW
‘This is the first style guide aimed specifically at the independent or self-published author. It’s a joy to read and will give writers the confidence needed to produce and publish their own books.’
‘This is a great addition to a writer’s arsenal! This book is written in a concise and clear manner. It is not dry like some non-fiction books…’
Terrie Case, Goodreads
‘If you are looking for a clear and concise style manual that will refresh you on the trickier aspects of the English language, clear up any confusion you have over the muddier points of grammar, help you to stylistically present your manuscripts in the most professional manner, and offer options on where and how to publish, don’t hesitate to add the Mini Style Guide to your writer’s reference shelf!’
Create with Joy, Amazon USA
‘This is a great resource for fiction, non-fiction, professional and academic writers… Perhaps the most important aspect of this book is that it educates by example… This is a highly informative, professionally written and presented reference book for writers, educators and libraries.’
Robert Challis, Amazon Australia
‘Perfect for writers who want to maximise their chance of acceptance by presenting a professional manuscript or who want to avoid getting one-star reviews because readers could not understand a story presented with poor spelling and grammar.’
Emma Lee, Writer and Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib
Other writing guides
- Fowler’s Modern English Usage, 3rd edn rev. (Oxford University Press, 2004)
- Ernest Gowers, Sir, The Complete Plain Words, 3rd edn rev. (Penguin Books, 1987)
- William Strunk Jr & Elwyn Brooks White, The Elements of Style, 4th edn (Allyn & Bacon/Longman Publishers, 2000)
- The Economist Style Guide, 12th edn (Profile Books, 2018)
- New Hart’s Rules: The Handbook of Style for Writers and Editors (Oxford University Press, 2005)
- Pam Peters, The Cambridge Guide to English Usage (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
- New Oxford Style Manual, 3rd edn rev. (Oxford University Press, 2016)
- Judith Butcher, Butcher’s Copy-Editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Copy-editors and Proofreaders, 4th edn rev. (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
- MLA Handbook, 8th edn (Modern Language Association of America, 2016)
- The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edn rev. (University of Chicago Press, 2018)