There is a lot to like in Mary Norris’s Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. If you live and breathe the world of publishing, writing, or editing, you will enjoy Norris’s stories about the quirky way things are at The New Yorker, where she has copyedited...
If you have never read a book by Stephen King, the bestselling author of horror, fantasy, and suspense fiction, we had that in common--until now. Over the past two days, while waiting as a potential juror at the King County Courthouse, I read Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir...
Do you write on the job? If yes, you need Ann Handley's Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content. It’s the best book on creative business communication I have read since Chip and Dan Heath's Made to Stick. As Handley writes, "If you have a website, you are...
Before you discount all clichĂ©s as weak, lazy writing, consider a few ideas from Orin Hargraves' new book, It's Been Said Before: A Guide to the Use and Abuse of ClichĂ©s (Oxford University Press, 229 pages, $24.95 in hardcover). I recommend the book for writers, editors, and others who care...
Just My Typo: From “Sinning With the Choir” to “The Untied States,” by Drummond Moir, provides lots of hearty laughs. As I read the book last night, I caught myself repeatedly snickering at the errors proofreaders had missed and feeling grateful that I had not made or missed them. The...
The AP Stylebook 2014 just came out, and my copy arrived in the mail on Wednesday. I have studied it searching for changes you might want to know about (if you don't subscribe to the AP's tweets), and they appear below. If you are not familiar with The AP Stylebook, it's...
I picked up a new book, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life, because of the promise of “clear writing.” The coupling of clear writing with living a good life made the book intriguing enough...
I am delighted to let you know that "Business Writing With Heart: How to Build Great Work Relationships One Message at a Time" has been named as a finalist for Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) awards in two categories. It is a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award in...
The other day I joined a small professional group, and the group leader sent an email introducing me to the other members. Here is the introduction: "I am happy to introduce Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, who has joined our group." I expected to read on and see more words of introduction, but the...
Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my father's death at age 90. Although I miss him, I no longer feel sad every day. My feelings are more fondness and appreciation for him and the man he was. Two days ago I received a card by U.S. mail from a friend named Cass....