Style Guides & Reference Works

Dictionaries and Thesauri

Book Publishing Industry Standard

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Inc.



Capitalization Dictionary by Kathy Ide

The Dictionary of Concise Writing: 10,000 Alternatives to Wordy Phrases by Robert Harwell Fiske

Dictionary of Problem Words and Expressions by Harry Shaw, McGraw-Hill Inc.

The Disheveled Dictionary: A Curious Caper Through Our Sumptuous Lexicon by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition), Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Merriam-Webster’s Manual for Writers and Editors, Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary (online), Merriam-Webster, Inc.

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Roget’s Super Thesaurus by Marc McCutcheon

Roget’s Thesaurus of Phrases by Barbara Ann Kipfer

Webster’s New World College Dictionary (4th edition), © 2002 by Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Style Guides

Articles and Journalism

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, Norm Goldstein, ed., © 2017 by The Associated Press, published by Perseus Publishing


Book Publishing

The Chicago Guide to Copyediting Fiction by Amy J. Schneider, The University of Chicago Press

The Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition), The University of Chicago Press, © 1969, 1982, 1993, 2003, 2010, 2017 by The University of Chicago


Christian Content

The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style (4th edition) by Robert Hudson, © 2004 by the Zondervan Corporation



The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., E. B. White, and Roger Angell

Words into Type by Marjorie E. Skillin, and Robert Malcolm Gay



The Art of Editing (7th Edition) by Brian S. Brooks, et al.

Creative Editing by Dorothy A. Bowles, et al.

Developing Proofreading and Editing Skills by Sue C. Camp

Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor by Blake Atwood

Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editingby Leslie T. Sharpe, Irene Gunther, and Richard Marek

Editing for Clear Communication by Thom Lieb

Editing Made Easy by Bruce Kaplan

Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide

The Editor as Self-Publishing Consultant by Linda Nathan

The Editorial Eye by Jane T. Harrigan

The Editor’s Toolbox: A Reference Guide for Beginners and Professionals by Burk Ryan, Michael O’Donnell, Leland B. Ryan

Editors on Editing by Gerald Gross

From Writer to Reader: Studies in Editorial Method by Philip Gaskell

Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg

Murder of a Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard by Andrea Merrell, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas



Copyediting: A Practical Guide by Karen Judd

Copyediting for Professionals by Edmund J. Rooney, et al.
Copyediting’s Grammar Tune-Up Workbook by Erin Brenner
Copyediting: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors, and Publishers by Judith Butcher

The Chicago Guide to Copyediting Fiction by Amy J. Schneider

The Copyeditor’s Guide to Substance & Style by the Editors of EEI Press

The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications (3rd edition) by Amy Einsohn, © 2011, University of California Press



Editorial Freelancing: A Practical Guide by Trumbull Roger


Editing Your Newsletter (4th edition) by Mark Beach

The Newsletter Editor’s Desk Book by Marvin Arth, Helen Ashmore, and Elaine Floyd

Newsletter Editor’s Handbook by Marvin Arth, Helen Ashmore, and Elaine Floyd

Newsletter Sourcebook by Mark Beach


Go Ahead, Proof It! by K. D. Sullivan

Handbook for Proofreading by Laura Killen Anderson

Ma(r)King the Text: The Presentation of Meaning on the Literary Page 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

Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas