Excerpt from $uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book, by Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill.

Something else new is avoiding quotation marks to emphasize a word or phrase. It is now appropriate to italicize or boldface the word or phrase.

In three to five years, we will invest in an updated edition or a newer book, as we find it necessary to stay current with changing times and rules. Grammar does matter.

Another good choice is The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus. At this point, Straus’ 9th edition speaks highly for its effectiveness. According to Mayra Calvani, author and reviewer from Brussels, Belgium, “Whether you’re a writer, editor, student, teacher, or simply someone who wishes to tune-up your grammar skills, this book will be an indispensable tool you’ll want to keep in your reference shelf. Most importantly, this is a grammar and punctuation book you won’t hate.”

The ultimate reference is The Chicago Manual of Style. It is updated annually. An alternative is you can use if free for 30 days and then get a subscription. It has everything.

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Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill