Book of the Month, April 2024 – New Hart’s Rules

Cover of New Hart's Rules in book review

Sometimes, spending time on social media can uncover a gem! That’s how I discovered April’s Book of the Month: New Hart’s Rules – The Oxford Style Guide (OUP, 2014).This book is the editing guide I didn’t know I needed when I set out in self-publishing in 2108.

 New Hart’s Rules is not a book to read through, although I find the contents so interesting, I am trying to do so. Because it is a reference book, it repeats some information in several sections, which is helpful when you look up something specific, because the text doesn’t direct you elsewhere halfway through an explanation.

The book contains everything you need to know about editing and preparing a book for publication. Sections include: the parts of a book, preparing copy, punctuation, abbreviations, numbers and dates, languages, lists and tables, indexing, and copyright and other publishing responsibilities. This is not an exhaustive list of all that is covered.

If you are a self-published author, this book would be very useful to you as a guide to making your published works look as professional as possible. If you use editors, this is the sort of book you would hope your editor keeps by their desk as a reference work.

So there we have it, April’s Book of the Month! Be sure to check back in May when I’ll be revealing another must read.

Maggie x

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