The Careful Writer

A handbook of alphabetized entries which provide answers to questions of use, meaning, grammar, punctuation, precision, logical structure, and color.

Author: Theodore M. Bernstein

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684826325

Category: Education

Page: 487

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A handbook of alphabetized entries which provide answers to questions of use, meaning, grammar, punctuation, precision, logical structure, and color.

Miss Thistlebottom s Hobgoblins

Once you recall that Miss Thistlebottom was your elementary-school teacher who laid down all manner of taboos concerning the use of language, you will have an idea of what this book is about.

Author: Theodore M. Bernstein

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781466803701

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

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Once you recall that Miss Thistlebottom was your elementary-school teacher who laid down all manner of taboos concerning the use of language, you will have an idea of what this book is about. In no sense permissive or radical, it topples the taboos that lack historical, logical or grammatical basis. It is a refreshing look at our living language, the perfect companion to the author's indispensable work, The Careful Writer. Mr. Bernstein writes four letters to Miss Thistlebottom that divide the book into four sections: "Witchcraft in Words," "Syntax Scarecrows," "Imps of Idioms," and "Spooks of Style." Can there be more than two "alternatives"? You'll find the answer in the Words section. Can something "grow smaller"? Ditto. How about Split Infinitives: is it proper to ever split one? Is "none" invariably singular? Take a look in the Syntax section. Isn't it absurd to say "if worst comes to worst" rather than "if worse comes to worst" or to say "head over heels" rather than "heels over head"? The section on idioms will enlighten you on these "absurdities." And then, is a preposition a proper word to end a sentence with? The section on Style will show you that some authoritarians don't know what they are talking about and don't know what rules are for. The scores and scores of entries in this book are crisp, lightly written and amply provided with illustrative material. They are designed to help anyone who writes anything--the student, the reporter, the copy editor, the professional writer-cast off the inhibitions and prohibitions that lack validity and cramp his writing style. An Appendix includes some rare, out-of-print sources of some of the bogies: William Cullen Bryant's Index Expurgatorius for writers on the old New York Post, James Gordon Bennett's "Don't List" for writers on the old New York Herald and Ambrose Bierce's blacklist Write It Right.

Writer s Guide to Book Editors Publishers and Literary Agents 1998 1999

Fine inspiration for writers encountering rejection during any phase of their
careers . Bernstein , Theodore . The Careful Writer : A Modern Guide to English
Usage ( New York : Atheneum , 1965 ) . Lively , accurate , and articulate classic .

Author: Jeff Herman

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: 0761510125

Category: Authors and publishers

Page: 975

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"A real find for the aspiring writer."--"The Associated Press "In-depth information."--"The Writer Who are they? What do they want? How do you win them over? Find the answers to these questions and more in the 1998-1999 edition of the "Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents by Jeff Herman. Filled with "the information authors and aspiring authors need in order to avoid having a manuscript end up in the "slush pile," this comprehensive listing is organized in an easy-to-use format. It includes in-depth information about publishing houses and literary agents in the United States and Canada. The specifics include the names and addresses of editors and agents, what they're looking for, comission rates, and other key information. In addition, readers will discover the most common mistakes people make while attempting to solicit an agent (and how to avoid them) as well as numerous suggestions designed to increase the chances of getting representation. "Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents also includes dozens of valuable essays giving readers insight and guidance into such topics as: - How to Write the Perfect Query Letter - The Knockout Nonfiction Book Proposal - How to Thrive After Signing a Publishing Contract - Mastering Ghostwriting and Collaboration - Free Versus Fee: The Issue of Literary Agency Fees About the Author "Jeff Herman is the founder of The Jeff Herman Literary Agency, a leading New York agency. He has sold hundreds of titles and represents dozens of top authors. Herman frequently speaks to writer's groups and at conferences on the topic of getting published.

The Writer

Theodore M . Bernstein ' s The Careful Writer . Another book I keep within reach
is this guide to English usage by an editor of The New York Times . Arranged in
dictionary style , from " A , AN ” to “ ZOOM , " it is both informative and entertaining

Author: William Henry Hills


ISBN: UOM:39015067412885

Category: Authorship


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The Copyeditor s Handbook

The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage. 1965. Reprint, New York: Free Press, 1995. One of the best commonsense usage guides, despite its age, ...

Author: Amy Einsohn

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520286726

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 568

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Unstuffy, hip, and often funny, The Copyeditor’s Handbook has become an indispensable resource both for new editors and for experienced hands who want to refresh their skills and broaden their understanding of the craft of copyediting. This fourth edition incorporates the latest advice from language authorities, usage guides, and new editions of major style manuals, including The Chicago Manual of Style. It registers the tectonic shifts in twenty-first-century copyediting: preparing text for digital formats, using new technologies, addressing global audiences, complying with plain language mandates, ensuring accessibility, and serving self-publishing authors and authors writing in English as a second language. The new edition also adds an extensive annotated list of editorial tools and references and includes a bit of light entertainment for language lovers, such as a brief history of punctuation marks that didn’t make the grade, the strange case of razbliuto, and a few Easter eggs awaiting discovery by keen-eyed readers. The fourth edition features updates on the transformation of editorial roles in today’s publishing environment new applications, processes, and protocols for on-screen editing major changes in editorial resources, such as online dictionaries and language corpora, new grammar and usage authorities, online editorial communities, and web-based research tools When you’re ready to test your mettle, pick up The Copyeditor’s Workbook: Exercises and Tips for Honing Your Editorial Judgment, the essential new companion to the handbook.

Twenty Questions for the Writer

Remembering Facts We saw in Chapter 17 , “ What Is My Memory of X ? ” that
novelist Thomas Wolfe could remember with ... But the careful writer strains to
remember and render in vivid images the specific sensations and impressions ...

Author: Jacqueline Berke

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P

ISBN: STANFORD:36105036063423

Category: College readers

Page: 528

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TWENTY QUESTIONS FOR A WRITER is structured around twenty questions most often used by writers for finding and developing their topics. This basic structure creates a versatility that sheds light ion the writing process.

Effective Revenue Writing

In some Revenue writing , it is essential that we say that something was done ... One of the “ pet peeves ” of many careful writers is the frequent use of ...

Author: United States. Internal Revenue Service


ISBN: STANFORD:36105127864705



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The Zen of Proposal Writing

Bernstein , Theodore M . , The Careful Writer : A Modern Guide to English Usage
( Atheneum , New York , 1977 ) . The bible for good usage . Arranged in
alphabetical order so you can easily find the difference between which and that
or what ...

Author: Kitta Reeds

Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)

ISBN: IND:30000081096137

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 223

View: 757


A guide to writing successful proposals--for everything from a new marketing concept to seeking a grant to asking for a raise--utilizes classic Zen parables that illuminate the author's advice and how-to-guidelines.

Tools of the Writer s Trade

Writers Tell All about the Equipment and Services They Find the Best American
Society of Journalists and Authors Dodi ... Writers should also discover the late
Theodore Bernstein , Aerong has many books are The Careful Writer : A Moderat

Author: American Society of Journalists and Authors

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper & Row

ISBN: UOM:39015018904360

Category: Authorship

Page: 403

View: 843


In Tools of the Writer's Trade members of the American Society of Journalists and Authors tell all about the equipment and services they find the best, including advice on: computers, hardware and software; copiers and their accessories; information sources; travel tips; stationery. . .and much more.

Technical Writing

British Treasury grew so concerned with the inefficiency resulting from poor
writing that it called in a noted man of letters , Sir Ernest Gowers , to work on the ...

Author: Diana C. Reep

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 0205298613

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 572

View: 408


The instructional chapters in part one cover the writing process, ethics and collaboration, audience analysis, organization, graphics, revision, definition, description, instructions and process explanations, formal report elements, short and long reports, types of reports, correspondence, and oral

Saturday Review

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ISBN: UCSC:32106005738437

Category: Literature


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The Careful Undressing of Love

I am a lucky writer to get to go on this journey with you. Thank you for being there for me when I need it the most. A huge thank you to my editor, ...

Author: Corey Ann Haydu

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780399186745

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 288

View: 426


The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they’re cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory—something funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special. They wear their hair long and keys around their necks. People give them a second look and whisper “Devonairre” to their friends. But it’s not real. It won’t affect their futures. Then Jack—their Jack, the one boy everyone loved—dies suddenly and violently. And now the curse seems not only real, but like the only thing that matters. All their bright futures have suddenly gone dark. The Careful Undressing of Love is a disturbing and sensual story of the power of youth and the boundless mysteries of love set against the backdrop of Haydu’s brilliantly reimagined New York City.


A careful writer forms his paragraphs with this dual purpose : ( a ) each
paragraph should develop a particular unit of information in the whole
composition ; ( b ) each should be clearly related to the preceding and following
paragraphs .

Author: Don P. Brown


ISBN: STANFORD:36105049194124

Category: English language


View: 394


Authors Guide to Publication Services

The careful writer . A modern guide to English usage . New York : Atheneum . 487 p . • Copperud , Roy H. 1980. American usage and style : the consensus .

Author: Vincent Y. Dong


ISBN: UVA:X001869831

Category: Authorship

Page: 12

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