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My name is Bob Land. I am a full-time freelance editor and proofreader, and occasional indexer. This blog is my website.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Authors! Listen Up!

1. Using Roman numerals for chapter numbers does not give your manuscript more weight. If you need any reminders, keep this picture in mind:

2. The more italics you use, the less they mean.

3. Don't invent your own citation style. It won't help.

4. Speaking of citation styles, don't use what would appear in a law journal unless you're writing for a law journal. If you're a lawyer writing on a different topic, get over it. No one wants to read citations full of emphasis on the wrong information.

5. If you plan on compiling your own table of contents, write it after the rest of the book is finished to ensure that the text matches up.

6. Punctuation helps, and using it properly is crucial. The marks guide your reader through your thought process. Without punctuation, you have no structure. And without structure you have

Glasses don't work for you either, dearie.

I got my issues with Democrats, too.

Just sayin'.

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