Michael Robertson

Editorial and Translation Services

Chicago Manual of Style online

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), published by the University of Chicago Press (16th ed. 2010), is the standard guide for American English style, grammar, and punctuation. It also deals with every aspect
of editorial practice, from American English grammar and usage to document preparation and indexing.

Useful web links

Listed here are a few useful sites for information and resources connected with editing and indexing.

Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers

(Harold Evans)

An  updated edition of the 1972 classic Editing and Design: Newsman’s English by Sunday Times editor Harold Evans.

The Elements of Style
(Strunk and White)

“The only style manual ever to appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principles of plain English” (as the blurb on the Penguin 2007 edition describes it). This is a link to the online edition at Bartleby.com.

The King’s English (Fowler)

“Known affectionately as ‘Fowler’, this world-famous guide is required reading for writers of all kinds looking for definitive judgements on matters of English usage.” (Blurb on the 3rd edition, revised by R.W. Burchfield, Oxford, 1998.) This is a link to the online edition at Bartleby.com.

Editorium

Program add-ins for editing in Microsoft Word, useful editing and indexing programs, links to other editing websites.

Cindex

“The foremost software tool for professional indexers, enabling them to produce the finest indexes in virtually any format with remarkable efficiency and speed.”

 

Software

Editorial style manuals

TExtract

An award-winning semi-automatic book indexing program that  speeds up data entry during book indexing.

PerfectIt

Add-in for Microsoft Word; locates and corrects consistency errors and  other mistakes.

WordEmbed

Enables  professional indexers to index a Word document in their own, familiar indexing software and then, with the  press of a button, to turn the result into an embedded Word index.