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Thursday, July 17, 2008

What's Your Best Grammar Companion? Grammar Girls Have the Answer!

My grammar pal June Casagrande (author Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies!) and the new grammar girl on the scene agree on the best grammar/style reference for you to have on your desk. More on what that might be later.

June's new friend is the author of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, which I thought some of you might want to pair with The Frugal Editor so you'll get free shipping from Amazon. (-; Grammar Girl was on Oprah. Great grammar skills, it appears, are becoming stylish!

Anyway, in an interview, June asked Grammar Girl (AKA Mignon Fogarty) what book she would use for reference if she could only have one. She, without hesitation, named Garner's. June agrees. I do, too. I guess...but I also like the AP Style Guide because I started using it when I made it my business to write for newspapers. Therefore, I find it easier to use. I have to admit, though, that for the writers of books, Garner's is more on target. So there's a third book you can put on your summer reading/writing development list. Or was it four? I have to admit I'm better at editing than I am at arithmetic.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at Learn more about her other authors' aids at She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at


Dawn Colclasure said...

Thanks for letting everyone know about this, Carolyn. I am also one of those die-hard AP Style Guide devotees. :)

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