What Is Editorial Style?
Editorial style is commonly confused with writing style. While writing style may refer to a writer's unique voice or application of language, editorial style refers to a set of guidelines that editors use to help make your words as consistent and effective as possible. A good book editor will be sensitive to maintaining a balance between your unique writing style—your voice—and editorial style. Studies have shown that consistent editorial style not only lends credibility to your work but also makes it easier to read and understand.
What Editorial Style Does iUniverse Follow?
iUniverse evaluators and editors follow the same industry-standard style guidelines as most major traditional book publishers. Below, we've listed the style reference and dictionary used by our evaluators and editors. Editors and evaluators may allow exceptions to the standard guidelines depending on the book's context or on an author's specific request.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010--.
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2003.
Here is a synopsis of some of the editorial guidelines followed by iUniverse editors and evaluators:
Dates and Numbers
These rules apply to the format and style of numbers as they appear in most manuscripts:
Use a comma before and after the year in running text (e.g., July 3, 1974).
Truncate numbers in year ranges (e.g., 1977–99).
Spell out whole numbers one through one hundred.
Spell out round numbers greater than one hundred (e.g., two hundred, fifty thousand, etc.).
Spell out any number beginning a sentence.
Centuries should be spelled out and lowercased (e.g., the twenty-first century).
Hyphenate the "tens" and "ones" places in combination numbers (e.g., the one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary).
Use hyphens to separate the digits in a telephone number (e.g., 1-800-288-4677).
Always use numerals with percentages. In general copy, spell out percent (e.g., 89 percent). In scientific or technical contexts, use % without a space preceding the symbol (e.g., 89%).
When using numerals to express monetary amounts, use the symbols $ or ¢ (e.g., $45, 53¢). When monetary amounts are spelled out, also spell out dollars or cents (e.g., forty-five dollars, fifty-three cents).
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