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Jun232011

Style vs Style: guest post at PhD2Published

My latest post for PhD2Published has gone online today; it's a nurdle around the differences between 'style' (in the aesthetic sense) and 'style' (in the practical, copy-editor's sense).

Style? Simple: it’s Bryan Ferry, Oswald Boateng suits, Coco Chanel, the E-Type Jaguar. Right?

Well, for an editor ‘style’ also conjures up images of reference books, dictionaries and lists of acceptable abbreviations. It is – as far as such as thing is possible – a way of codifying certain characteristics of how an author writes, or how a publisher or journal would like to be represented.

Also mentioned: Jacques Derrida, the BBC and Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell.

I've written previously about style on RPBP, and if you putting together your own stylebook, then download this handy stylebook template.

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