Bobbie Christmas, editor and owner of Zebra Communications, explains how authors can use the Chicago Manual of Style. The Chicago Manual of Style is written by the Chicago University Press for the purpose of standardizing books. Grammar styles learned in school, used for newspapers, and written in books are all different. Grammar rules are generally consistent, but style guides vary. Where do you use commas? When do you write out a number and when is it kept in numerical format? It depends on the style guide. Formatting a manuscript to align with the Chicago Manual of Style is not the same as designing a book. A book’s layout and design are done during a different process and if an author attempts to create a layout when formatting a manuscript, it will complicate the process and ultimately need to be redone. Listen to the clip below to learn the dos and don’ts of formatting a manuscript.
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