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Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors has received rave reviews by readers!

  • Editor extraordinaire Kathy Ide has pulled together all you need to know about proofreading in one complete and easy-to-read manual. Whether you are a writer, editor, or proofreader, you will benefit from this excellent book!
  • As an editor/writer/consultant in the publishing industry, this is the #1 resource that I use. Not a day goes by that I don’t grab this book to look up the proper usage, spelling, grammar, punctuation, or format for a client’s manuscript. It is much easier than trying to find the rules in the CMOS, as Kathy has listed all the common issues that most writers/editors deal with on a daily basis. This is the one resource I recommend to all my clients, as well as the other writers/editors that I mentor and teach. This book is a must have! Buy it today!
  • When did you last read The Chicago Manual of Style for enjoyment? I thought not. Proofreading Secrets might be the writers’ reference book I’ll actually want to keep handy for casual perusal. Kathy Ide has created an attractive, easy-to-read, informative resource that puts her preaching into practice. I especially like the items that point out a conflict between CMS and other style guides. The only problem I have with this book? If I stuck in a bookmark every time I found a gem I wanted to mark for future reference, I’d probably stuff it to the point of breaking the binding.
  • As a writer, I love the benefits of having a copy of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide in my hands. It reminds and instructs me on how to find and correct mistakes. Kathy also invited other writers/editors to share some wisdom on this project. It is always good to open it up for other experts to comment. It is also convenient to have where the grammatical rule can be found in the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS). I believe Kathy’s book will be a “must have” for any serious writer.
  • Add this book to your collection of reference material, and it will soon become your number one go-to resource. Kathy Ide has taken The Chicago Manual of Style, The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, the Associated Press Stylebook, and Merriam-Webster’s . . . and consolidated them into one small, user-friendly resource. I consider this the CliffsNotes version for all the other necessary reference material every writer and editor must use.Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors is the CliffsNotes of style books for writers seeking to get their work published. As an editor and a writer, Kathy Ide has been in the publishing trenches for a number of years. Her book is a gift to aspiring and experienced writers alike. It’s a compilation of the most common punctuation, grammar, and usage errors she encountered in her work as an editor. It’s available in print and e-book formats. Even if you have Kathy’s earlier version of this book, Polishing the PUGS, you’ll want to get the new version. Language and style changes occur frequently. You need to be up-to-date if you intend to impress publishers.
  • Who reads the introduction? Usually I don’t, but I read this one and hooted. This lady has a sense of humor! Later someone caught me actually READING the entire book, every paragraph–not just using the book as a reference. He laughed, “You’re actually READING that? Who reads books like that?” Well, I must admit I was surprised myself, but it was fascinating as well as helpful. And the author snuck in chuckles in the most unexpected places. Certainly if you are serious about writing, or if you are intrigued by correct language usage, or even if you are just looking for a well-written reference book infused with gentle humor, buy this book!
  • I picked up Kathy Ide’s book, “Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors,” and I read the whole book in one afternoon. I learned so much. It was a really fun book to read. I recommend it to anyone who likes to write. It will make your writing much better. I also recommend it to anyone who likes to read. It will make it fun finding the mistakes all the best-selling author’s publishers make. Oh, gosh, is that even a properly formed sentence? Thanks, Kathy Ide.