Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors

Learn how best-selling authors proofread their manuscripts to avoid typos, inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling.

Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, by professional freelance author, editor, and proofreader Kathy Ide, is the essential go-to tool for aspiring and experienced writers and editors. This book includes all of the material from Ide s popular Polishing the PUGS book (now out of print), with added PUGS guidelines and helpful tips from multi-published authors on how to catch typos and other common mistakes.

In Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, Kathy Ide identifies the industry-standard references for books, magazines, and newspapers (which are different from the guidelines for other types of writing, such as college term papers). Using these official references, she highlights the most common mistakes writers make in the areas of punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling (for which she uses the acronym PUGS). She also includes guidelines from The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style for authors and editors who work in the inspirational market.

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  1. Proofreading Tool for Every Writer’s Toolbox How should I describe Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors? It is the CliffsNotes of style books for writers seeking to get their work published. As an editor and a writer, Kathy Ide has been in the publishing trenches for a number of years. Her book is a gift to aspiring and experienced writers alike. It’s a compilation of the most common punctuation, grammar, and usage errors she encountered in her work as an editor. It’s available in print and e-book formats. 

  2. Best Resource for Writers and Editors As an editor/writer/consultant in the publishing industry, this is the #1 resource that I use. Not a day goes by that I don’t grab this book to look up the proper usage, spelling, grammar, punctuation, or format for a client’s manuscript. It is much easier than trying to find the rules in the CMOS, as Kathy has listed all the common issues that most writers/editors deal with on a daily basis. This is the one resource I recommend to all my clients, as well as the other writers/editors that I…

  3. A must-have for every writer and editor. Add this book to your collection of reference material, and it will soon become your number one go-to resource. Kathy Ide has taken the Chicago Manual of Style, the Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, the Associated Press Stylebook, and Merriam-Websters . . . and consolidated them into one small, user-friendly resource. I consider this the CliffsNotes version for all the other necessary reference material every writer and editor must use.

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