General Editing

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

Copyediting: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors, and Publishers by Judy Butcher

Copyediting's Grammar Tune-Up Workbook by Erin Brenner

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 for Clear Communication by Thom Lieb

Editing Made Easy by Bruce Kaplan

Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg

The Editor as Self-Publishing Consultant by Linda Nathan

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


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

Reference Books

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

Professional Editorial Freelancers

Copyediting for Professionals by Edmund J. Rooney, et al

Editorial Freelancing: A Practical Guide by Trumbull Roger


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


The Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition). The University of Chicago Press, Chicago 60637. Copyright © 1969, 1982, 1993, 2003, 2010, 2017 by The University of Chicago.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary (11th edition). © 2003 by Merriam-Webster, Inc.

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

Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide © Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2013.

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

The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications: With Exercises and Answer Keys by Amy Einsohn

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

Self-editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King

The Train-of-Thought Writing Method: Practical, User-Friendly Help for Beginning Writers. Kathi Macias. © 2005 by AuthorHouse.

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