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Never Put "Book Titles" in Quotations ... And Other Writing Myths

By January 11, 2009

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Did you know that AP style requires "Book Titles" in quotations? It also eschews underlines, italics and any kind of accent marks or extraneous punctuation.

What Is a Style Guide and Which Style Guide Should I Use? will help you to understand the different styles that you'll encounter as a freelance writer, and determine which one(s) you should learn. Happy punctuating!

January 12, 2009 at 11:17 am
(1) Jay says:

Smart writers use their spell check, a thesaurus, grammer check, dictionary and other tools to do their job well. A style guide should be on the list, too. Simply knowing when a person’s title should be capitalized, how to write a college degree, and whether or not to use digits or spell out numbers are extremely useful – and these seemingly unimportant nuances just might be important to someone you wish to impress. It’s akin to manners: Knowing which fork to use may be no big deal until you’re dining with your prospective in-laws for the first time. As the saying goes, it’s the little things that can make all the difference.

January 12, 2009 at 11:20 am
(2) freelancewrite says:

You are right on, Jay. Except, the editor side of me does want to say that sometimes I want the writers to focus on content and etc, and not get hung up on itty bitty details–let me do my job.

I’m not saying I want my writers to turn in crappy stuff, but…

You’re right–a lot of those little nuances will eventually become second nature for you …

Thanks for the comment Jay.

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