What are the best books for editors?

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    #1The Elements of Style (4th Edition)

    The Elements of Style (4th Edition)

    The 4th edition of The Elements of Style is a writing style guide by William Strunk Jr. Originally published in 1920, this book is an enduring guide for grammar and punctuation usage for composition writing.

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    Marilyn Hawkins
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I believe The Elements of Style to be one of the best books for editors. Although this book was published a long time ago it is still relevant and a must have for any anyone that wants to improve their writing. It is clearly written and it will enhance (and maybe change) the way you write. It should be on the shelf of any editor/writer. If there were ten stars I would give it all ten. "
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    #2Eats, Shoots & Leaves

    Eats, Shoots & Leaves
    Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is a guidebook written by Lynne Truss. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation was published by The Penguin Group. 
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    Ralph Bates
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I had mixed feelings after reading this book. It covers punctuation and why it is important to use it. I think it is important but the author uses so much pedantic examples that really don't matter outside of formal writing. "
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    #3The Chicago Manual of Style

    The Chicago Manual of Style
    The Chicago Manual of Style is a guidebook written by University of Chicago Press. The Chicago Manual of Style was published by The University of Chicago Press.
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    #4The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications

    The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications
    The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications is a guidebook written by Amy Einsohn. The guidebook was published by University of California Press.
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    Aaron Berry
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I had to use this handbook for a college course I was taking in communications. I generally liked it because the chapters were easy to understand and weren't terribly long. Everything is quite clear and offers insight into the corporate world. I recommend this book to people who are trying to improve their understanding of this sector. "
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    #5Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips)

    Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips)

    Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips) is a guidebook written by Mignon Fogarty. Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips) was published by St. Martin's Griffin.

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    Melissa Hicks
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "As they say , English is a funny language. Not everyone is 100% perfect in grammar. I would definitely find this as interesting read as it puts the words grammatically in correct terms in its own funny way. This will be a fun and interesting read."
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    #6The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself)

    The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself)

    The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) is a guidebook written by Carol Fisher Saller. 

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    Kelly Marshall
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) is a great book for editors because it is a guidebook about editing by Carol Fisher Saller. I found this book to be very informational and interesting and it would be great if you are an editor that is looking for a book to help guide you. "
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    #7The Associated Press Stylebook

    The Associated Press Stylebook
    The Associated Press Stylebook is a guidebook written by Associated Press. The Associated Press Stylebook was published on June 29, 2004 by Basic Books (AZ).
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    Jason Harrison
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Associated Press Stylebook is a good soulution for best books for editors, because The Associated Press Stylebook is a guidebook written by Associated Press. The Associated Press Stylebook was published on June 29, 2004 by Basic Books (AZ).."
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    #8The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English

    The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English
    The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English is a guidebook written by Roy Peter Clark. The guidebook was published on August 16, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company.
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    David Huerta
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Learned some things I didn't know. Drags a little but it isn't really intended to entertain. Would be a good pickup for someone like an editor or writer."
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    #9AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors

    AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors
    AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors is a guidebook written by Cheryl Iverson. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors was published by Oxford University Press, USA.
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    Hemant Jayaraman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is the go-to guide for anyone writing about medicine (or their editors). This 10th edition was long overdue in a rapidly changing field as the 9th came out in 1998! It answers most any question you could have, though you may have trouble finding it. So it's definitive, but also somewhat difficult to use."
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    #10The Synonym Finder

    The Synonym Finder

    The Synonym Finder is a guidebook written by J.I. Rodale, Laurence Urdang and Nancy LaRoche. The Synonym Finder was published on August 1, 1986 by Grand Central Publishing.

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    Justin Porter
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I like the addition of slang and newer words that this publication includes. The arrangement makes it easy to find what you are looking for without taking forever to locate that perfect word you need. All in all, definitely a good resource for any writer. "
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    #11Put Them Through the Maze

    Put Them Through the Maze

    Put Them Through the Maze: The Secrets of How to Write the Ultimate Novel is a guidebook written by T. D. McMichael. It was released in December 2013. It is about how an aspiring novel can make his or her dream a reality.

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    Walter Wheeler
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I got this book to help me finally sit down and actually write the novel I said I was going to. Instead I ended up over analyzing every little step when I would have been better served just spitting out pages. This book might be better for teachers or editors to help guide others. Even then I think they'd be better off just telling a person to sit down, shut up, and write. Save your money."
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