Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing

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Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing

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The Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing is a unique repository of guidelines, rules, and exceptions to rules; meditations and asides on writing and word use; and publishing lore. Berkshire offers sage advice for anyone who cares about how we all use the written word to convey information and to communicate with one another.

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Reviews

  1. Library Journal: January 2012

    This distinctive style manual draws on the reams of rules, publishing mechanics, and guidelines garnered from the publisher’s experience providing international coverage in titles such as Global Perspectives on the United States (2005), Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2010), and Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (2009)…. Bottom line: The Chicago Manual of Style remains our bible, of course. But this supplementary mother lode of information is still a required purchase for anyone who works with words that will find their way to an international audience.

  2. SciTech Book News: February 2012

    Informed by its network of international scholars, Berkshire Publishing incorporates into their Manual knowledge about and from all corners of the world, to offer users–including those whose first language is not English and/or those who are new to publishing in English–a collection of guidelines, rules, exceptions to rules, meditations and asides on writing and word use. The material includes a copy editor’s manual, author and reviewer guidelines, and Berkshire Publishing in-house style guidelines.

  3. Midwest Book Review: December 2012

    A superbly organized, presented, 188-page compendium of guidelines, rules and rule exceptions for writing on a global level of readership, the “Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing” also includes thoughtful and thought-provoking meditations and asides on writing and word use, as well as thematically relevant writing and publishing anecdotes and lore. Essential reading for copy writers and editors, the Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing also deals with business writing, including both email and snail-mail correspondence. Of special note is the section devoted to guidelines for authors and reviewers. Comprehensive and deftly organized and thoroughly “user friendly,” the Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing will prove to be an indispensable reference and resource.

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The Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing, Berkshire’s main style manual, is a unique repository of guidelines, rules, and exceptions to rules; meditations and asides on writing and word use; behind-the-scenes anecdotes; and publishing lore. Berkshire offers sage advice for authors, editors, and reviewers alike – for anyone, really, who cares about how we all use the written word to convey information, perceptions, values, and visions, and to communicate with one another.

As a US publisher geared to providing readers with global coverage on a range of topics as varied as sports and sustainability – and having taken on the whole wide world time and time again – Berkshire is ready to share the experience and expertise that inform the manuals and guidelines the company circulates to its international editors, contributors, and staff. Topics include:

  • for editors – querying experts with professional authority and grace; what to consider when working with authors whose first language is not English; dealing with politically sensitive subjects; working with peer reviewers
  • for authors (including those new to publishing in English) – preparing and organizing submissions for encyclopedias, journals, and conference papers; making an essay or article global and timely; understanding a target audience; explaining controversial topics with objectivity
  • for publishers – business writing and communication skills in a global market; handling names, dates, and measurements; broadening editorial perspectives

Readers of the Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing will be equipped with a new toolkit designed to supplement, but not replace, traditional style guides. They will also learn:

  • what the brilliant essayist Marvin Mudrick thought about punctuation
  • how a tweet and a rock band brought attention to the serial comma
  • what writers (and editors) can learn from an architect
  • why a Chinese author used the term ten almightinesses to mean decathlon
  • which Americanisms British editors dislike most

Berkshire likes to describe its encyclopedias as circles of knowledge created by communities of experts. The phrase combines metaphor (from Greek etymology) with professional practice. The Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing has been assembled in that spirit, and with that phrase in mind.

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Editor

Mary Bagg, Freelance editor, Karen Christensen, Berkshire Publishing Group

ISBN

9781614729938

Edition

Paperback

Volumes

1

Pages

152

Chinese Title

宝库山国际出版文体手册

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