A Few Important Chicago Manual of Style Rules to Remember

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A Chicago-based professional, Jerome Eberle possesses more than a decade of experience in the editorial field. Jerome Eberle has worked for organizations including the American Library Association, where he served as a publishing assistant and honed his skills in using the Chicago Manual of Style.

When editing a document or publication using the Chicago Manual of Style, consider the following rules.

Odds: When writing odds, you should view them as ratios. Use a colon between the numbers and do not include spaces. You may also utilize the word “to” in place of a colon; spaces must be included if using this format. Numerical values between zero and 100 may be spelled out.

Author-Date Citation: Utilized by many publications in the science field, a citation that documents sources by author and date includes cited text within the body of the content. The cited text is then followed by the author’s name and date of their work enclosed in parenthesis. To provide further bibliographic information, you must include a full list of references with the publication.

Titles: In the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, a comma should follow a title that ends with an exclamation point or question mark if the punctuation would naturally appear in the sentence. If a title uses headline-style and contains a hyphenated word, the first letter of the second word must be uppercase.


Free Webinars from Booklist Magazine for Readers and Writers

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A graduate of North Park University, Jerome Eberle served as an admission counselor at the university while completing his degree. After graduating, Jerome Eberle spent several years as a publishing assistant for the American Library Association’s Booklist Magazine.

A magazine with book reviews, Booklist also offers educational webinars on its website at http://www.booklistonline.com. Previous webinars through Booklist include Staff Favorites from Penguin Random House Library Marketing, New Multicultural Titles for Children and Teens, and Fresh Picks for the Common Core. All of them touch upon books and reading in some way, providing everything from recommendations for books to tips for creativity.

These free webinars also educate viewers in areas such as the role of a literary agent. In April of 2015, the webinar titled The Gateway to Author Engagement at Your Library and Beyond appeared on the Booklist site with information about working with a literary agent and establishing bonds between readers and authors.

Writing Mistakes to Look for When Editing

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Jerome Eberle earned an English degree from North Park University, where he completed his undergraduate studies, and has held editorial positions for more than a decade. Among other companies, Jerome Eberle worked for the American Library Association, copy editing book reviews for proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

Editors frequently find that writers have difficulty with sentence structure and punctuation. A common mistake involves run-on sentences. The excessive use of semicolons or a lot of commas and conjunctions is a red flag. Breaking down such constructions to create stand-alone sentences is the solution and helps creates clarity for the reader.

Another area of concern is the use of the proper verb tense and consistent verb tenses in a list. Verbs have six tenses: simple present, present perfect, simple past, past perfect, future, and future perfect. Choosing the right tense avoids ambiguity and establishes unity of time. For example, stating that an instructor “taught for 10 years” indicates that he or she is no longer teaching. Conversely, a sentence that states that he or she “has taught for 10 years” indicates that the individual worked in the profession for a decade and continues to teach. Grammatically, when listing actionable steps, a writer should use the same verb tense throughout the entire sentence.

Tips for Writing an Effective Book Review

Between 2005 and 2010, Jerome Eberle served the American Library Association as a publishing assistant. In addition to his other professional pursuits, Jerome Eberle continues to serve the American Library Association as a book reviewer.

There are a few guidelines most writers follow when authoring a book review. All book reviews should feature a short synopsis of the story that helps readers get an idea of the book’s content while revealing as few specific plot points as possible. Reviewers should supplement their general summary with a more comprehensive analysis of thematic aspects and character development. Again, reviewers should refrain from writing too many details about character motivations and other information that might spoil the book for readers.

A book review should also comment on the author’s style, including comments on the use of imagery and approach to pacing. Comparing the author’s style to similar writers can be helpful for readers who are unsure if they will enjoy the book or not. Finally, the reviewer should include his or her personal reaction to the book. If the reviewer maintains a balance between technical evaluation and individual opinion, readers can get a good sense of whether or not the book is worth their time.