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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to PunctuationEats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Lynne Truss
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Written with laugh-out-loud, dry, British humour (with a u), Eats, Shoots & Leaves received the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller list. Readers who notice (and are bothered by) misplaced apostrophes, commas and obsessively placed semicolons, will adore author Lynee Truss' handling of matter. With ample examples of the dissolute state of punctuation usage in England and the U.S., this is a fun book to reassure yourself of your correct grammar usage, or even learn a rule or two! 209 pages, softcover.
     

 
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The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing: Getting Your Foot in the Publisher's DoorThe Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing: Getting Your Foot in the Publisher's Door
Leonard G. Goss, Don Aycock
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Goss and Aycock are two publishing industry veterans who have much to share beyond choosing subject matter, improving grammar, and strengthening sentence structure. Yes, those elements definitely matter and are duly addresses, but there are other skills to be polished if one wants to get a proverbial foot in the publisher's door. Here, readers will gain an insider's view of how the Christian publishing industry actually works. Key topics include: building relationships with agents and editors, developing a strong book proposal, navigating a contract, and more.
     

 
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Every English-language writer knows Strunk and White's famous little writing manual, The Elements of Style. Many people between the ages of seventeen and seventy can recite the book's mantra-make every word tell-and still refer to their tattered grade school copy when in need of a hint on how to make a turn of phrase clearer, or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. Considering that millions of copies have been sold to millions of devotees, you might not think to ask what could enhance this (almost) perfect classic. In fact, the addition of illustrations allows readers to experience the book's contents in a completely new way, making the whole learning experience more colorful and clear, as well as adding a whimsical element that compliments the subtly humorous tone of the prose. The Elements of Style Illustrated will come to be known as the definitive, must-have edition.The Elements of Style Illustrated brings a fresh immediacy to the well-loved, much-valued, and still on-point work that has become an institution. While giving the classic work a jolt of new energy to appeal to contemporary readers, Kalman's illustrations are themselves timeless, designed to sit alongside the ever-enduring manual for another fifty years and more.
     

 

 
Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights - eBookAdvice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights - eBook
Jon Winokur
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The Christian Writer's Manual of Style - eBookThe Christian Writer's Manual of Style - eBook
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Focusing on the unique demands of religious publications, The Christian Writer's Manual of Style is the most detailed and comprehensive guide of its kind. This second edition has been thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded to include more than twice the information of the original. It includes points of grammar, punctuation, usage, book production and design, and written style that are often overlooked in other manuals. It also includes hard-to-come-by information, such as an author's guide for obtaining permissions, guidelines for using American, British, and mid-Atlantic styles, discussions of Internet and computer-related language styles and much more.
     

 
The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction -Curriculum WorkbookThe Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction -Curriculum Workbook
Jeff Gerke, Mary Agius
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Harness the power of effective writing with practical exercises! Each of the 63 lessons begins with a reading from Jeff's book and then asks you to apply that content to your own fiction project.

Jeff teamed up with Colorado homeschool mom Mary Agius to help design this workbook; she developed the curriculum by adapting Jeff's book and taking her own teen daughter through the course for a semester of homeschool study. Learn how to create great dialogue, describe actual places, establish a point of view, find your story, and more. 73 pages, softcover.
     


 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel, 2nd EditionThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel, 2nd Edition
Tom F. Monteleone
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The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and   Mystery of Practical EnglishThe Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English
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What can grammar and glamour possibly have in common? In this playful alternative to stuffy instructionals, Clark opens your eyes to the magic of words. Discover how to transform letters, punctuation, standard "rules," meaning, and purpose into powerful expressions of the written and spoken word. A wonderful way to learn how to "live inside the language"! 304 pages, hardcover.
     

 

 

 
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The Chicago Manual of Style was, and remains, the go-to guide for writers, editors, and publishers. Updated for the digital age, this 16th edition has been revised to reflect how publishing professionals work today with a wealth of new information and guidelines for electronic workflow and processes. Addressing new formats, new procedures, new sources, and new uses, along with the classic grammatical advice generations have turned to, The Chicago Manual of Style remains an indispensible tool. 1026 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
     

 
Descriptionary: A Thematic DictionaryDescriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary
Marc McCutcheon
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The word is almost nagging at the back of your mind-you know what is, just not what it's called. Find the concrete concepts & terms you're looking for with the Facts on File Writer's Library Descriptionary. Organized by subject categories, you'll find bolded entry words, each with a description that will hopefully be the word you need. 711 pages, softcover.
     

 

 

 
The Craft of Research, Third EditionThe Craft of Research, Third Edition
W.C. Booth, G.G. Colomb, J.M. Williams
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This manual offers practical advice on the fundamentals of research to college and university students in all fields of study. The Craft of Research teaches much more than the mechanics of fact gathering: it explains how to approach a research project as an analytical process. The authors chart every stage of research, from finding a topic and generating research questions about it to marshalling evidence, constructing arguments, and writing everything up in a final report that is a model of authority. Their advice is designed for use by both beginners and seasoned practitioners, and for projects from class papers to dissertations.
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Gathered together in this one volume are twenty-four of the industry's top experts in the field of writing and publication. Each contributor focuses on their area of expertise from using the Internet for research, to making a living as a freelance writer. Whether you're a writing novice or simply want to polish or broaden your skills, you're sure to find the help, encouragement and advise you need to be a successful writer in this useful guide.
     

 
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Sanford Kaye
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Most writing is done under pressure. Although students and professionals alike are often asked to create quality writing with limited time, limited space, and a supervisor or instructor to please, few approach the task systematically. In Writing Under Pressure, Sanford Kaye, a renowned expert on the subject, presents a system he calls the Quick Writing Process (QWP) that focuses on real-world writing tasks and demonstrates how to produce the clearest, most honest, most powerful work possible under the constraints of time and space. This guide is must reading for anyone faced with a difficult writing assignment that has to be done now.
     

 
Writer's Guide To FictionWriter's Guide To Fiction
Elizabeth Lyon
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The second book in the Writer's Compass series from professional writing instructor Elizabeth Lyon offers both aspiring and established authors the fundamentals of writing and selling a great novel or short story. In addition to the basics of characterization, plot, pacing, and theme, A Writer's Guide to Fiction also features a plan for revising fiction, a guide to marketing, samples of cover and query letters, and methods of honing the writing craft.
     

 

 
The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing: Getting Your Foot in the Publisher's DoorThe Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing: Getting Your Foot in the Publisher's Door
Leonard G. Goss, Don Aycock
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Goss and Aycock are two publishing industry veterans who have much to share beyond choosing subject matter, improving grammar, and strengthening sentence structure. Yes, those elements definitely matter and are duly addresses, but there are other skills to be polished if one wants to get a proverbial foot in the publisher's door. Here, readers will gain an insider's view of how the Christian publishing industry actually works. Key topics include: building relationships with agents and editors, developing a strong book proposal, navigating a contract, and more.
     

 
Book Proposals That Sell: 21 Secrets to Speed Your SuccessBook Proposals That Sell: 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success
W. Terry Whalin
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Writing a book? Most people start with a blank page and write their entire manuscript unaware that a book proposal to a publisher is a crucial step necessary for publication. Learn insider tips and secrets from former acquisitions editor, W. Terry Whalin about how to avoid the pitfalls of rejection. Paperback.
     

 
Secrets of Getting Your Book Published: The Ultimate Guide for Writers Trying to Become AuthorsSecrets of Getting Your Book Published: The Ultimate Guide for Writers Trying to Become Authors
Elise Vachon
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Learning how to write is one thing. Learning how to get published is entirely another. Filled with short, pertinent tips on getting an agent, finding a publishing house, selecting graphics, formulating a query or proposal and seeing your manuscript go through countless rounds of editing, Secrets of Getting Your Book Published is a convenient introduction to the publishing world. 156 pages, softcover.
     

 
You Can Market Your BookYou Can Market Your Book
Carmen Leal
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You Can Market Your Book is designed to help you understand basic book marketing principles. No matter how your book was published, unless you are a superstar author, you are the main salesperson. Yes, you might have distribution and you might even have a publicist for a brief time, but ultimately it's up to the author. You need to be as aggressive as possible if you want to reclaim your garage or closets from the boxes of unsold books, or if you expect a royalty check from your publisher. This book is filled with practical, low-cost ideas, strategies and case studies guaranteed to get your book to the people who need it. You wrote your book because of a passion and wanting to be obedient to God's call on your life. You Can Market Your Book will teach you how to reach readers and change lives.
     

 
Christian Writers' Market Guide 2008: The Essential Reference Tool for the Christian WriterChristian Writers' Market Guide 2008: The Essential Reference Tool for the Christian Writer
Sally Stuart
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Indispensable and up-to-date! Stuart lists over 1,200 markets (with contact information, pay rates, and submission guidelines) for books, articles, stories, poetry, and more; market analysis; editorial services; information on literary agents; Internet resources; contests; conferences and workshops; and more. Includes a CD-ROM with full text listings. PC and Macintosh compatible. 640 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
     

 
Webster's New Essential Writer's Companion: A Concise Guide to Writing Effectively for Home, School, or OfficeWebster's New Essential Writer's Companion: A Concise Guide to Writing Effectively for Home, School, or Office
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We all run into questions on the rules of grammar, spelling and style at one time or another. The convenient New Essential Writer's Companion is an easy-to-use guide to capitalization, italics, hyphenation, punctuation, spelling, English grammar, Resumes, correspondence, reports, proofreading and more. Tables and samples are helpful for quick reference. 250 indexed pages, softcover.
     

 
Jensen's Format Writing, RevisedJensen's Format Writing, Revised
Frode Jensen
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In this age of computerese and instant-messaging shorthand, it's vital that your students develop effective writing skills! This comprehensive tool teaches the basic components of expository writing---content, style, organization, and mechanics. Through practical applications including 5-paragraph essays, book reports, business letters, resumes, and major research papers, students learn how to organize and communicate their ideas. Includes tests and answer keys. Grades 8 and up. 160 pages, softcover from Wordsmiths.
     

 
Jensen's PunctuationJensen's Punctuation
Frode Jensen
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When does the exclamation point go outside the quotation marks? What one word signals no comma? When is a semicolon used? Your students will unravel the mysteries of punctuation with this easy-to-use text. They'll discover key words that reveal certain rules, secrets of compound sentences, easy formulas that can be applied continuously, and much more. Includes teacher guidelines, tests, and answer key. Grades 8 and up. 184 pages, softcover from Wordsmiths.
     

 

 
Grammar Rules!Grammar Rules!
Mary S. Schatz
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When learning to play a sport, you don't learn some rules now and others later---you tackle them all at once! Using a similar approach, each of the 40 units in this workbook features four exercises: one each covering parts of speech, the mechanics of grammar, diagramming sentences, and proofreading. Includes lesson reviews, quizzes, glossary, and answer key. Grades 5 to 6. 243 pages, softcover from Garlic Press.
     

 
English Grammar FlipperEnglish Grammar Flipper
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Run your finger down the Flipper ® guide to the topic you want to refer to. Then "flip" the laminated cards up to reveal the card containing the information needed.

Each Flipper® guide contains hundreds of rules, examples, and definitions printed on both sides of 5" x 3.5" laminated cards.

The laminated cards are attached to a 6.5" x 11" plastic backing. Three holes permit carrying the Flipper® guide in a three-ring notebook.

English Grammar - Comprehensive guide to rules and definitions, includes examples. Grades 6-Adult.
     

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Web Resources for Writers

There are many web sites with great information for Christian writers. Below are some that you might find helpful.

 

  • American Christian Fiction Writers
  • Christian Writers Fellowship International

  • The Christian Writer's Manual of Style
  • Writer's Digest
  • Writer's Market
  • The Writer's Magazine
  • Christian Writer's Market Guide
  • ACW Press
  • Writer's Edge (Manuscript Service)

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