The Chicago Manual of Style
The Chicago Manual of Style, published by the University of Chicago Press, is widely used in publishing, as well as the social sciences and humanities (literature, history, architecture, and the arts). The Chicago Manual of Style serves as a "rule book" for manuscript preparation, grammar, word and numeral usage, and documentation (Author-Date, Notes-Bibliography).The original manual, published in 1906, consisted of approximately 200 pages. Since then, the manual has undergone periodic revisions. The 16th edition was published in 2010 and contains more than 1,000 pages in hardcover format.
For example, the Chicago Manual of Style includes rules for:
Style and Usage
Abbreviations and acronyms
Italics and quotes
Numbers and dates
Headings and lists
Tables, figures, illustrations
|Endnotes and Footnotes
Authors, books, compilations
Journals and newspapers
Personal interviews, Internet sources
Papers and reports
Keeping track of changes in new editions, and knowing the exceptions to rules, requires in-depth knowledge of the manual. You could spend hours researching which rules apply to your writing, or you could entrust your manuscript to one of our editors.
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SARA HOPKINS worked as an editor for Bantam Dell, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Eagle Publishing, My Day magazine, and BowTie Press. She earned a certificate in copyediting from the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
As an in-house editor for Bantam Dell, Random House, and Eagle Publishing, she was responsible for the production of initial hardcover and paperback trade titles, approximately sixty books per year; she continues to work as a contractor for these same publishers. Sara’s fifteen years of experience in both the production and editorial sides of the publishing process has given her the practical knowledge to read manuscripts and identify problems in technical quality, language, and thought, as well as provide positive and useful feedback. She is skilled at pointing out, marking, and correcting mechanical errors and inconsistencies; errors or inappropriate grammar, usage, and syntax; and errors or inconsistencies in content or timeline.
Sara specializes in developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading for fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. She has worked on over two hundred titles and prides herself on her many repeat clients. Nonfiction titles she has worked on include biographies, wellness and fitness (she is a certified yoga instructor), travel, politics, and current events. Her list of fiction books covers nearly every genre from science fiction to erotica but she has a special passion for manuscripts that involve a critical timeline or chronology, fantasy world, or period setting. The devil is in the details, and Sara likes to get in there too, polishing every manuscript without infringing on the author's vision.
Notable books Sara has edited include The Art of Detection and Touchstone by Laurie R. King, Fractured and Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter, Keeper of the Keys and Sinister Shorts by Perri O'Shaughnessy, The Master of Heathcrest Hall by Galen Beckett, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup, The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope, and Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur.
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HOLLY MONTY, MA MAC ELS
APA format, Chicago Manual of Style
Since operating as a freelance editor and writer, Ms. Monty, a Microsoft Word and LaTeX expert, has worked on books and articles published by many of the world’s leading publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, W. W. Norton, Sage, John Wiley, Springer, Lawrence Erlbaum, Pearson-Prentice Hall, Praeger, Greenwood, Blackwell, and other top names in academic and nonfiction publishing. To date, she has edited more than 2,000 published journal articles, more than 150 nonfiction books, and a wealth of dissertations and theses. Ms. Monty is proud to have worked with a diversity of students and academics from a broad range of our nation's universities. Given her wealth of experience, she is adept at working within the precise terms of your university's thesis/dissertation guidelines or with the publication guidelines of any peer-reviewed journal.
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