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the only style manual you will ever need (if you can manage to find a copy)


Words into Type

Third Edition, Completely Revised

by Marjorie E. Skillin and Robert M. Gay

Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1974



This book is a must if you are a writer or care about style and grammar.

It is far superior to The Chicago Manual of Style and much easier to use.

It is superbly organized with a fabulous index which makes everything super easy to find. Say, you want to know whether or not to italicize the name of a ship, of the name of a TV series. Just look in the index under “ships” or “TV,” and you will find the page immediately.

This is an indispensable book that has never been superseded. As a writer and former copy editor. I can’t imagine being without it.

— Roger W. Smith

   January 2019



I just looked up Words into Type on amazon.com. The book is out of print. Subsequent to publication of the edition mentioned above, which I purchased, the book seems to have been reissued in paperback.

Believe me, this is a must have book for a writer who needs a copyeditor in the form of a reference book ever reliably at hand. It is clear and comprehensive, and seems to address every sort of niggling question about capitalization, italicization, punctuation, and the like a writer might have. As I stated above, the index is superb. You can find anything you want within a matter of seconds.

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