A visitor to this blog recently asked for a list of the books that have been particularly valuable to me as an editor and that I recommend to other editors and would-be editors.
Compiling the list was a pleasure, and sharing it allows me to express my great gratitude to those who wrote and edited these wonderful books.
Here’s the list:
- On Writing Well, by William Zinsser. Funny, engaging, inspiring. Very sharp focus on writing uncluttered nonfiction.
- The Copyeditor’s Handbook, by Amy Einsohn. Clear, straightforward, lots of tips.
- Don’t Sabotage Your Submission, by Chris Roerden. Excellent. It’s not surprising that the author is an award-winning editor of fiction.
- The Chicago Manual of Style, the University of Chicago Press. A rich resource that’s now available online as well as in print.
- Guide to News Writing, by Rene J. Cappon. For professional journalists. It’s Associated Press style.
- The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. Fundamental.
- Writing from the Inside Out, by Dennis Palumbo (engaging, heartening)