For editing book manuscripts:
The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). The University of Chicago Press, Chicago 60637. Copyright © 1969, 1982, 1993, 2003, 2010 by The University of Chicago.
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary (11th edition). © 2003 by Merriam-Webster, Inc.
The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style. Robert Hudson. © 2004 by the Zondervan Corporation.
The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Commnications by Amy Einsohn, © 2000, University of California Press (www.ucpress.edu), ISBN 0-520-21835-3
Self-editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King
Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing by Leslie T. Sharpe, Irene Gunther, and Richard Marek
The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications: With Excercises and Answer Keys by Amy Einsohn
For editing articles:
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. Norm Goldstein, ed. © 2002 by The Associated Press, published by Perseus Publishing.
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2002 by Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide. Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, © 2013.
The Editor in Chief: A Practical Management Guide for Magazine Editors by Benton Rain Patterson, et al
The Magazine: Everything You Need to Know to Make It in the Magazine Business by Leonard Mogel
The Magazine from Cover to Cover by Sammye Johnson,et.al
The Magazine Publishing Industry by Charles P. Daly, et al
Media Writer’s Handbook: A Guide to Common Editing and Writing Problems by George T. Arnold
The Newspaper Publishing Industry by Robert G. Picard, et al
General editing resources:
The Art of Editing (7th Edition) by Brian S. Brooks, et al.
Copyediting: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors, and Publishers by Judy Butcher
Creative Editing by Dorothy A. Bowles, et al
Developing Proofreading and Editing Skills by Sue C. Camp
Editing for Clear Communication by Thom Lieb
Editing Made Easy by Bruce Kaplan
Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg
The Editor’s Toolbox: A Reference Guide for Beginners and Professionals by Burk Ryan, Michael O’Donnell, Leland B. Ryan
Editorial Eye by Jane T. Harrigan
Editors on Editing by Gerald Gross
Murder of a Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard by Andrea Merrell, (2015) Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Writer’s Friend: And a Companion for Copy Editors and Others Who Work with Publications by Martin L. Gibson
From Writer to Reader: Studies in Editorial Method by Philip Gaskell
The Copyeditor’s Guide to Substance & Style by the Editors of EEI Press
The Editorial Eye, EEI’s online subscription newsletter
Copyediting: A Practical Guide by Karen Judd
For Professional Editorial Freelancers:
Copyediting for Professionals by Edmund J. Rooney, et al
Editorial Freelancing: A Practical Guide by Trumbull Rogers
For Editing Newsletters:
Editing Your Newsletter, Fourth Edition by Mark Beach
The Newsletter Editor’s Desk Book by Marvin Arth, et al.
Newsletter Editor’s Handbook by Marvin Arth, Helen Ashmore, and Elaine Floyd
Newsletter Source Book by Mark Beach and Elaine Floyd
Go Ahead, Proof It! by K. D. Sullivan
Handbook for Proofreading by Laura Killen Anderson
Marking the Text by Joe Bray, et al
Mark My Words: Instruction and Practice in Proofreading by Peggy Smith
Powerful Proofreading Skills: Tips, Techniques and Tactics by Debra A Smith, Ralph Mapson, and Elaine Brett
Proofreading Plain and Simple by Debra Hart May
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., E. B. White, Roger Angell
Words Into Type by Marjorie E. Skillin, Robert Malcolm Gay
Merriam-Webster’s Manual for Writers and Editors
Grammatically Correct: The Writer’s Guide to Punctuation, Spelling, Style, Usage and Grammar by Anne Stillman
A Basic Grammar Dictionary for Anyone by George Ann Gregory
The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
The Handbook of Good English by Edward D. Johnson
Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lay: Practical Advice for the Grammatically Challenged by Richard Lederer, et al
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O’Connor
American English Punctuation for Anyone by George Ann Gregory
Lapsing into a Comma: A Curmudgeon’s Guide to the Many Things that Can Go Wrong in Print — and How to Avoid Them by Bill Walsh
Dictionary and Thesaurus:
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage. Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Dictionary of Problem Words and Expressions. Harry Shaw. by McGraw-Hill Inc.
The Dictionary of Concise Writing: 10,000 Alternatives to Wordy Phrases by Robert Harwell Fiske
The Disheveled Dictionary: A Curious Caper Through Our Sumptuous Lexicon by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
Roget’s Super Thesaurus by Marc McCutcheon
Roget’s Thesaurus of Phrases by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Copyrights and Copywrongs by Siva Vaidhyanathan
The Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers by Lloyd J. Jassin and Steve C. Schecter
Digital Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet by Jessica Litman
Getting Permission: How to License and Clear Copyrighted Materials Online and Off by Richard Stim
Kirsch’s Handbook of Publishing Law: For Authors, Publishers, Editors, and Agents by Jonathan Kirsch
The Public Domain: How to Find and Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More
Reference Books for Historical Novels:
The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1880’s, by Marc McCutchen, copyright 1993
The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West, From 1840-1900, by Candy Moulton, Copyright 1999
The Antique Hunter’s Guide to American Furniture, chests, cupboards, desks and other pieces, by William C. Kwrxhum Jr.
The Antique Hunter’s Guide to American Furniture, tables, chairs, sofas & beds, by Marvin D. Schwartz