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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Self-Publishing

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  • American Dictionary of the English Language: Noah Webster 1828 Edition Facsimile
    by Noah Webster
    ISBN: 091249803X
    This 1828 facsimile reprint of the first American Dictionary documents the quality of Biblical education which raised up American statesmen capable of forming our Constitutional Republic. Webster traced roots in twenty-six languages, and gives examples from classical literature and the Bible. Comprehensive introductions are presented for language and grammar. It has been described by one Christian scholar as "the greatest reprint of the twentieth century." The added biography by Rosalie Slater, "Noah Webster, Founding Father of American Scholarship and Education," describes his contribution to many fields and records his conversion to Christ.
  • Chicago Manual of Style, The
    by University of Chicago Press Staff
    ISBN: 0226104036
    The fifteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style is the most extensive revision in twenty years. The Manual--more comprehensive and easier to use than ever before--remains the essential reference for authors, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers in any field.

    Those who work with words know how dramatically publishing has changed in the past decade, with technology now informing and influencing every stage of the writing and publishing process. In creating the fifteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, the renowned editorial staff of the University of Chicago Press drew on direct experience of these changes, as well as on the recommendations of the Manual's first-ever advisory board, composed of a distinguished group of scholars, authors, and professionals from a wide range of publishing and business environments.

    Every aspect of coverage has been examined and brought up to date--from publishing formats to editorial style and method, from documentation of electronic sources to book design and production, and everything in between. In addition to books, The Chicago Manual of Style now also treats journals and electronic publications. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by new technologies, use the latest methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources.

    A new chapter covers American English grammar and usage, outlining the grammatical structure of English, showing how to put words and phrases together to achieve clarity, and identifying common errors. The two chapters on documentation have been reorganized and updated: the first now describes the two main systems preferred by Chicago, and the second discusses specific types of sources and subject matter, with examples tailored to both systems. Coverage of design and manufacturing has been streamlined to reflect what writers and editors need to know about current procedures. And, to make it easier to search for information, each numbered paragraph throughout the Manual is now introduced by a descriptive heading.

    What would become The Chicago Manual of Style began in the 1890s as a single sheet of typographic fundamentals, prepared by a proofreader at the University of Chicago Press as a guide for the University community. That sheet grew into a pamphlet, and the pamphlet grew into a book--the first edition of the Manual of Style, published in 1906. Nearly a century later the Manual is in use in homes and offices around the world.

    Clear, concise, and replete with commonsense advice, the fifteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style offers the wisdom of a hundred years of editorial practice while including a wealth of new topics and updated perspectives. For anyone who works with words, in any medium, this continues to be the one reference book you simply must have.
  • Complete Guide to Self Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote, and Sell Your Own Book (Self-Publishing 4th Edition)
    by Tom Ross, Marilyn Ross
    ISBN: 1582970912
    "Self-publishing," say authors Tom and Marilyn Ross, "is a perfect example of the American dream." The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, then, is an aspiring self-publisher's dream. "This isn't a book of fancy theory," as the authors put it; "it's a practical handbook of state-of-the-art specifics." In 521 pages, it lays out everything you need to know to publish your own books, from start-up considerations to the possibility of selling to a big publisher: how to choose a name for your press, how to get an ISBN, what cover designs cost, how to find a reliable printer, how to price your book, where to find lighter-weight shipping envelopes, how to generate working capital. The authors' encyclopedic grasp of the ins and outs of self-publishing is matched by their natural good sense about self-promotion. Turn your signings into events, they recommend; get your books into a variety of venues; use the books as fundraisers for organizations; get online and get reviewed online. The price of this book is negligible considering the cost of proper self-publishing (between $12,000 and $25,000), and, oh, the headaches it will spare you! --Jane Steinberg
  • Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works With Words
    by Bruce Ross-Larson
    ISBN: 0393313263
    In the first part of this useful book, the author shows how to solve common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize words and phrases that should be cut; how to shorten cumbersome sentences; how to arrange the elements of pairs, series, and compound subjects and predicates; how to recognize and rectify mismanaged participles; and how to be on the lookout for the better word.

    The second part of the book consists of more than 1500 recommendations for cuts, changes, and comparisons that editors make to produce writing that is concise and effective.
  • Elements of Style
    by E.B. White & William Strunk, Jr.
    ISBN: 020530902X
    If you want to write clearly and concisely, you will want to follow the principles espoused in this book. Elements of Style is the number one recommendation of most writers and editors to those wanting to write for publication. If a student is not introduced to the book during his high school years, he will most definitely meet it in college. Writers read and reread this book to get themselves back on course.
  • Final Draft 7
    Final Draft
    ISBN: B0001XNGZ2
    Final Draft, the word processor specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics, and stage plays, combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-use package. There is no need to learn about script formatting rules--Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards as you write. Use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style.
  • Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript
    by Cynthia Laufenberg
    ISBN: 1582972907
    Revised and with dozens of new examples, this edition of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript builds upon the success of the original--providing the comprehensive information every writer needs to prepare stand-out submissions--while also adding new information on specific genres, electronic submissions, and more.

    Readers will find an expanded selection of sample manuscripts, query letters, proposals, cover letters, outlines, synopses and more--all featuring callouts that clearly identify and explain critical elements.

    From specific fiction genres to nonfiction books to pictures books and poetry, this comprehensive guide provides crucial information for any writer hoping to be published.
  • Grammar Book for You and I (Oops, Me), A: All the Grammar You Need to Succeed in Life
    by C. Edward Good
    ISBN: 1892123231
    In America today college professors cringe at the lack of writing skills displayed by their students, business leaders bemoan poor communicative skills among their employees, and people themselves recognize that they (and their children) have a problem and want to do something about it.

    This inviting book introduces readers anew to the eight parts of speech and common grammatical problems -- such as the case of pronouns depicted in the book's title, the tension between nouns and verbs, the controversy of the active vs. passive voice, and the power of a verb-based style. Then equipped with a knowledge of the parts of speech and the power of the verb form, Good presents his theory of style and the craft of sentences -- including those important marks of punctuation.
  • Grouchy Grammarian, The: A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes in English Made by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know Better
    by Thomas Parrish
    ISBN: 0471223832
    Do you commit apostrophe atrocities?
    Are you tormented by the lie/lay conundrum?
    Do you find yourself stuck between floaters and danglers?
    Do your subjects and your verbs refuse to agree?
    If so, you’re not alone. Some of the most prominent professionals in TV broadcasting and at major newspapers and magazines–people who really should know better–are guilty of making all-too-common grammatical errors. In this delightfully amusing, clever guide, Thomas Parrish points out real-life grammar gaffes from top-notch publications such as the New York Times and the New Yorker to illustrate just how widespread these errors are. With red pen in hand, Parrish’s fictional friend the Grouchy Grammarian leads the charge, examining the forty-seven most common mistakes in English and imparting the basics of good grammar with a charming mixture of fussiness and common sense. All of which makes The Grouchy Grammarian the most entertaining, accessible how-not-to guide you’ll ever read.
  • Most Common Mistakes in English Usage, The
    by Thomas Elliot Berry
    ISBN: 0070050538
    This book analyzes the errors most commonly made in spoken and written English and presents them in a systematic, down-to-earth manner. It does not dictate grammar to the reader; rather, it presents the guidelines for English usage currently being observed by the most competent and careful speakers and writers.
  • Name Book: Over 10,000 Names--Their Meanings, Origins, and Spiritual Significance
    by Dorothy Astoria, Dorothea Austin
    ISBN: 1556619820
    A unique guide to the spiritual meaning of names. More than 10,000 names and the message behind them: cultural origin, literal meaning, spiritual connotation, and a related verse of scripture. For years, The Name Book has been a treasury of the meanings and origins of names. Now revised to include many new names and alternative spellings, The Name Book offers up-to-the-minute information on thousands of classic, contemporary, and biblical names.
  • Plug Your Book! Online Book Marketing for Authors
    by Steve Weber
    ISBN: 0977240614
    Get massive exposure for your book, no special computer skills needed -- trade published or self published, fiction or nonfiction. Discover why authors fail with paid advertising, pay-per-click, fee-based reviews, and "bestseller" campaigns.
  • Random House Webster's Pocket Bad Speller's Dictionary
    by Joseph Krevisky, Jordan L. Linfield
    ISBN: 0375702121
    From the Publisher
    The Bad Speller's Dictionary - in a handy vinyl size!
    It has been thirty years since we wrote the first book that answered the Catch-22 of spelling: How do I find a word in the dictionary if I don't know how to spell it? Our answer was simple: Look it up by its wrong spelling. So we compiled the first dictionary for bad spellers - which so many of us are (some of us even flaunt it as a badge of pride). The nearly two million copies of the Bad Speller's Dictionary that have been sold confirm the persistence of the spelling problem. In fact, our vast new collection of actual examples of misspellings from many sources - television, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, correspondence, essays, memos - suggest that the phenomenon has become much worse. That deterioration has been accelerated by our educational system, too much television, excessive reliance on electronic spell checkers, and the emergence of so many new words.

    That's why we have prepared this new, revised, and enlarged edition for the 1990's. We have added thousands of current words from business, computers, entertainment, medicine, psychology, religion, science, and law.
  • Self-Publishing Manual, The: How to Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book, 14th Edition
    by Dan Poynter
    ISBN: 1568600887
    The bible on self-publishing. Highly recommended by virtually everyone in the industry -- even other authors of books on the subject (many of whom probably followed the advice in Poynter's previous editions).
  • Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English
    by Patricia T. O'Conner
    ISBN: 1594480060
    The bestselling grammar book has been updated and revised to include the latest and greatest on the basics and subtleties of English, and features a new chapter on the language of the Internet.

    For those looking for something on the lighter side, don't miss Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O'Conner. Plain English means plain English. If the technical terms of grammar make you want to run screaming to hide under the covers, try this book. O'Connor uses humor to make grammar a pleasant read.
  • Words You Thought You Knew: 1001 Commonly Misused and Misunderstood Words and Phrases
    by Jenna Glatzer
    ISBN: 1580629415
    Nothing makes a person appear more ridiculous than incorrectly using a word in conversation or writing—and having the listener or reader pick up on it.

    Words You Thought You Knew . . . features words and phrases people hear and use every day—often incorrectly. Is it "could care less" or "couldn’t care less"? What is the difference between "allude" and "elude"? Is it "toe the line" or "tow the line"?

    Forget six-syllable words found only on college entrance exams that people never use! Writer Jenna Glatzer takes a humorous approach to help readers avoid verbal slipups by featuring succinct definitions and sentence examples of common but troublesome words. This unique collection also includes a fun quiz to test readers’ mastery of the words they thought they knew!
  • Writer's Idea Workshop, The: How to Make Your Good Ideas Great
    by Jack Heffron
    ISBN: 1582972796
    The Writer's Idea Workshop draws on the success of its idea-generating predecessor-The Writer's Idea Book-and takes readers to the next step: assessing their ideas and growing them into finished pieces.

    Inside they'll find a fun, effective mix of creative exercises, friendly instruction, traditional writing-based prompts and special art-based prompts (using a picture to spark ideas, creating an idea file with magazine pictures, etc.). A number of these prompts will be cross-referenced, enabling readers to generate new ideas and mix and match prompts based on their specific needs. They'll also learn how to: be more creative complete more projects rescue stalled projects break through writer's block use limited writing time more productively become a happier, more satisfied writer
  • Writer's Market Companion
    by Joe Feiertag (Author), Mary Carmen Cupito (Author)
    ISBN: 1582972915
    As popular and indispensable a guide as Writer's Market (or the "writer's Bible," as it has come to be known) is, its intense focus on market listings leaves little room for the informative articles writers crave. With the revised edition of Writer's Market Companion, readers will find all the answers they need about the business of writing.

    Seventeen chapters updated with all of the latest statistics, trends, and news will provide writers with a comprehensive overview of the publishing world. Insider advice from successful authors and editors gives readers a professional view of what it takes to get their work in the market, get it published, and get paid. Topics featured in the book include: *The Writer's World *Your Writing Plan *Selling Your Articles and Other Short Nonfiction *Selling Your Fiction *Promoting Your Business and Yourself *Making and Saving Money *Finding A Community
  • Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books
    by Dan Poynter
    ISBN: 156860064X
    In this guide, self-publishing guru Dan Poynter shows aspiring authors how to break down topics into easy-to-attack projects, do research, develop material, find an editor, evaluate publishing options, and even handle fame once the book becomes a bestseller.
  • Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook: Hands-On Help for Making Your Novel Stand Out and Succeed
    by Donald Maass
    ISBN: 158297263X
    This powerful book builds on the success of it predecessor-Writing the Breakout Novel-and takes readers to the next level: improving their work with practical, hands-on lessons and exercises.

    With patented techniques from his popular writing workshops, Donald Maass shows fiction writers exactly how to make their work stand out from the crowd. Readers will learn how to strengthen any novel-in-progress, with sections on: - Building Plot Layers - Creating Inner Conflict - Strengthening Point of View and Voice - Discovering Larger Than Life Character Qualities - Developing the Psychology of Place

    Every workbook exercise is followed by examples from real-life breakout novels. This is one of the most accessible novel-writing guides available today.
  • You Can Write Children's Books
    by Tracey E. Dils
    ISBN: 0898798299
    As a successful writer and experienced editor, Tracey Dils takes the mystery out of the maze of children’s book publishing. First-time children’s writers will learn to follow the important writing and submission guidelines they need to get their work in print.
  • You Can Write Children's Books Workbook
    by Tracey E. Dils
    ISBN: 1582972486
    The long-awaited companion to the best-selling You Can Write Children's Books, this new workbook from Tracey E. Dils provides aspiring children's authors with hands-on instruction for finishing their manuscripts, preparing them for publication, and getting them published.

    You Can Write Children's Books Workbook takes readers step-by-step through identifying a project, writing and revising the manuscript, researching the genre and marketplace, targeting publishers, and preparing a professional submission. Perfect as an accompaniment or as a stand-alone, this guide will give aspiring writers the concrete instruction and experience they need to make a confident submission to a publisher or agent.
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