The Editor’s Toolkit: The Punctuation Guide

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alphabet soup cartoon courtesy of Amanda Patterson

Do you ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes and on the screens of an editor? How many different webpages and reference materials we use to get your book publication perfect?  Hopefully, you’ve seen my previous blog post on What’s on Your Bookshelf – highlighting my  go-to reference books.

Piggybacking on that, I thought I would  show you part of my Editor’s Toolkit.  What is an Editor’s Toolkit you may be asking? It is those websites that help me do my job, and perhaps show you something new and different that you don’t know.

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The Punctuation Guide

First, on this tour of the Editor’s Toolkit, The Punctuation Guide.  I like this web app because it has an easy-to-use interface, and clear guidelines. If you are not a writer, and a student in English class, it will also help you understand how and when to use an em-dash (—), an en-dash (–), or a hyphen (-), for instance.

Primarily for American English (AmE), and not British English (BrE); however, it has a section under “Other Matters” entitled  British versus American Style.

The Punctuation Guide also brings together punctuation rules from different style guides: MLA, The Chicago Manual of Style, and the Associated Press Stylebook.

Remember… Punctuation Saves Lives. 

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Let’s Eat Grandma!  Lets eat, Grandma!

Be sure to check out the other Editor’s Toolkit posts including the Hemingway App and the OneLook Reverse Dictionary.

Know of other useful writing apps that aren’t included here? Let me know about them on Twitter!

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