Favorite Books on Writing and Editing

The Subversive Copyeditor, by Carol Fisher Saller

    Saller writes about the writer-editor relationship and the need for flexibility in bending the rules. Humorous, genuine, and wise.

How to Write Short, by Roy Peter Clark
As a lover of Hemingway, I am particularly fond of this book for its practical guidance on writing short.

Stylish Academic Writing, by Helen Sword
Who says academic writing must be passive and boring. Don’t you want readers to enjoy your article or book? This book helps academics (and their editors) to end the dull academic prose that relegates works to dusty shelves in libraries.

The Forest for the Trees, by Betsey Lerner
Another editor with a wicked sense of humor and useful advice for writers stalled between projects. It’s a survival course for authors.

They Say, I Say, by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
This small book helps demystify rhetorical moves for new writers who are writing academically or otherwise to engage with the thoughts of others in crafting meaningful arguments. Great for Freshman composition courses.

Thinking Like Your Editor, by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunate
Trade secrets are revealed. Inside information is shared. Get your manuscript accepted for publication.

Developmental Editingby Scott Norton
Norton discusses the analytical flair, creative panache, patience, and vision developmental editors use to help transform a manuscript into a sales-worthy book.

Woe Is I, by Patricia T. O’Conner
Witty and charming, O’Conner takes on the knottiest problems in the English language with simple answers in easy-to-understand language.

Sin and Syntax, by Constance Hale
Whereas Strunk & White were useful for a certain generation, Constance Hale is right for today’s times. Here’s the Hip Bible for writing stylish prose.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynn Truss
Take no prisoners with your punctuation. It matters.

It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences., by June Casagrande
Killer sentences are the backbone of great writing. Another humorous manual that dissects the innards of great sentences.

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