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A Word-Nerd’s Bookshelf

October 2, 2007

Oh poor, neglected site. I promise this will be a more active blog once I’m a full-time employee of Geode (January 1, 2008!). But as I start the countdown to self-employment, it’s time to take stock of the company library. Below is the Geode reference shelf. Chime in with your own reference/style favorites!

Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.)
American Psychological Association Style Manual (5th ed.)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (4th ed., text rev.)
Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.)
Words into Type (3rd ed.)
The New York Public Library Desk Reference
Webster’s New Biographical Dictionary
Webster’s Geographical Dictionary
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage
Usage and Abusage (Partridge)
Fowler’s Modern English Usage
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Revising Prose (Lanham)


Already, a Gripe

May 20, 2007

I’ve spent a good bit of time this afternoon looking for links and sites related to copyediting. Although Will worked in magazines for two-plus years, and we’re not above throwing in some corporate-communications work to pay our bills, our expertise at Geode is mostly in books. Yet it seems as if every blog, discussion group, and professional society is geared toward newspaper copy editors, who are a very different breed (a strange one that eschews the serial comma). Does anyone out there know of a great online resource for book editors? Or will we have to become that source?