The Chicago Manual of Style is an amazing resource. As an editor and writer, I use this resource often. The online subscription is even better. I have the online version. This tool covers all components of the technical parts of writing. If I am trying to remember if a comma needs to be placed in a certain area, it takes me three minutes to find the answer.


You won't go wrong with this investment. The online subscription is about $35 dollars. The book itself is more expensive. Whichever you prefer will come in handy. 
 
 
Are You Ready to Write Your Book? To help you focus on what you need, here are a few questions to consider:
  • What is your goal for the book?
  • Why do you want to write the book?
  • What is your vision? What is God showing you? What is it about?
  • What do you want to achieve by writing this book?
  • What are you willing to sacrifice to write your book?
  • How much time are you willing to give?
  • What problem (s) do you promise to fix?
  • Why is it important that your target audience read your book?
  • What result do you want your readers to achieve from reading your book?
  • How will your book help your target audience?
  • What advice or solution do you want to offer your target audience?
  • Visualize the face of your reader before he/she reads your book. Get a clear picture and hold the image in your memory. Now visualize your reader’s face after she/he reads your book. Get a clear picture and compare it with “before.” How has the image changed? Explain it in your own words.
  • How will God use this book to transform your target audience?
  • Write a 250- to 400-word mission statement that:
*clarifies the vision that God has given you

*clarifies the purpose of this book

*tells your reader why you must share your info with them

*makes readers feel your passion and commitment

*I want to help_____________________________________________.

I want to take action to solve ________________________________________.

Please give these questions serious thought and pray before answering them. They will help us guide your coaching sessions and help you start on the right path.

 
 
The Merriam Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus (2007) is an amazing resource. I paid $.50 for it at a thrift store near my house. Money well spent! As an editor, this resource is always on my desk. It has saved me some time and excessive stress.

Author's get very creative with their words, so editing can be a challenge at times. I can't live without this resource.

I use it to find synonyms for words that authors have repeated over and over. I use it to check spelling and to assure that specific words are used correctly in the manuscript. Also, as I work on completing my own manuscripts, this comes in handy.

I recommend this to all aspiring writers, editors, and experienced writers and editors. Please get your copy today. It will make your life easier. You won't be disappointed.

Denise
Armor of Hope Writing Services