The publishing world uses The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)–all 1,146 onion-skin pages–as its industry standard for creative writing, so writers and editors must work to understand its rules and guidelines. I use this manual every day, and for years, I have trusted in the sixteenth edition.
However, according to CMOS Shop Talk, “The rumors are true: there will be a new CMOS in September!” I know what many people are thinking, but let me put your minds at ease: updates offer growth.
One of my favorite things about the English language is that it welcomes change. The seventeenth edition provides writers with more tools, allowing readers the opportunity to enjoy words with greater clarity. The article lists a few changes in the new edition, including the following:
e-mail will become email (no hyphen).
Internet will become internet (lowercased).
Chapter 5, on grammar and usage, will contain more than thirty new sections on syntax, the way words are put together.
The use of ibid. for repeated citations will no longer be preferred.
If you would like to learn more about the upcoming changes or order your copy of the upcoming seventeenth edition for the not-so-cheap-price of $70, click here to read the full article. The more you learn about how to use this manual, incorporating its style guidelines, the closer you come to not just finishing your story but creating a clean copy your readers will appreciate.