Friday, January 15, 2010


US book publishers use different references than magazine or newspaper publishers do. For book manuscripts (and some popular magazines), use The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. For newspapers and journalistic-style magazines, use The Associated Press Stylebook and Webster's New World College Dictionary.

Here are some examples of the differences:

For book manuscripts, “backseat” is a noun; “back-seat” is an adjective. For articles, use “back seat” for “a secondary or inconspicuous position.”

For book manuscripts: “babysit, babysat, babysitting, babysitter.” For articles: “baby-sit, baby-sitting, baby-sat, baby sitter.”

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