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Devils for detail – dictionaries, grammar and editing considerations for authors. Ep 31 FREE podcast for writers
This is the pedantry episode! There’s a large part of the bookmaking process that’s about detail. The writer has to pay close attention to factual details or the plot might not work. There are also the details of grammar and spelling. But there isn’t just one correct way, there are subtle variations according to which variety of English you use (US? Canadian?), which dictionary you’re following (Collins? OED? Webster?). What about house style? Each publisher has their own. If you’re indie, you might set your own or discuss it with your editor. What even is house style?
That’s what we’re discussing in today’s episode.
Usually I say that Peter asks the questions and I answer them, but today we are each as opinionated as the other. (Who’s Peter? He’s independent bookseller Peter Snell.)
If you live for this kind of detail, you might also like this post – Love writing? Love the tools of the language.
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