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Michael Garrison
I started editing and tech writing in 1974, so some members of this list of favorites are OBE, but I have upgraded to more recent editions of my day-to-day faves:

-- WORDS INTO TYPE (3rd ed. ...ouch, so OLD!), Prentice Hall publisher
-- CHICAGO STYLE MANUAL (16th Edition... of course!)
-- THE COPYEDITOR'S HANDBOOK (2nd Ed.), Univ. California Press publisher, 2006
-- HTML & XHYML The Definitive Guide (6th Ed.), Oreilly publisher
-- THEW ZEN OF SOCIAL MARKETING, S.H. Kabani, BenBella Books publisher, 2010

... and the piece d'resistance: SUGGESTIONS TO AUTHORS of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Govt. Printing Office publisher, 1991 [ I actually did some of the tech writing/copy editing for this bad boy ! ]

WORDS INTO TYPE is still very much used and full of DIY page tabs... STRICTLY for hard-core old-school grammarians (don't try this at home, kids!), which is why I still use it. When I left the Fed to go work for REAL money in the corporate world (Northrop Grumman), as a farewell gift, my former author-victims bought me a custom-made ink stamp whose image was a realistic skull-and-crossed-bones with a motto below it that read "This is UGLY!" I actually used it professionally a couple of times. Authors, FEAR ME, for I am Nemesis!

Friday, 20 May 2011 23:12