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How to Find a Book EditorWhat is the editor’s style? Before coming to us for help, one of our clients asked for help from an editor who has an extensive young adult novel background. Our client had a rather complex subject she was addressing and worked hard to simplify it and make it reader friendly. She used AP (Associated Press) style and a personal writing style that was easy and fun to read. When the editor obtained the manuscript, he didn’t like that violation of the rules and changed it to a more formal style, creating friction between author and editor. Afterwards, she came to us and we helped her find a better match. Does AP or Chicago Style matter? There are some differences that become obvious such as spelling out numbers or how to use abbreviations or dashes. But a not-so-obvious difference is in text flow.
AP StyleMajor newspapers and magazines use AP style. This is more forgiving and seeks brevity. This style encourages fewer words and shortcuts whenever possible.
Chicago StyleTechnical writers usually choose Chicago style. It is more formal in some aspects, follows rules that don’t yield, and removes ambiguity that an author might inject with jargon, slang and brevity. How to find a book editor with the style that best fits your book? Ask Izzard, we’ll give you our recommendation.
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