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Style Guide for Business Writing

Book Description

Style guides come in many shapes and sizes, usually focused toward scientific or academic use only. However, business writing is a space occupied by many individuals that has not been given the attention it deserves. The Style Guide for Business Writing, Second Edition, is designed specifically to assist business writers in both the public and private sector, including those publishing with English as a second language; authors of academic papers; business book authors; financial journalists; and writers of reports, proposals or even just e-mail and memoranda.

This book provides a comprehensive guide to clear and precise writing that will help develop basic communication skills for the beginner, and refresh the basics for the experienced business writer. Major topics are arranged alphabetically and the cross references and index enable quick and easy access to information.

Michael C. Thomsett is a market expert, author, speaker, and coach. His many books include Stock Market Math, Candlestick Charting, The Mathematics of Options, and A Technical Approach to Trend Analysis.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents
  4. A
    1. A or an
    2. Abbreviation
    3. Abridgement
    4. Abstracts
    5. Accessibility
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. Acronyms
    8. Active and passive voice
    9. Adnouns
    10. Afterword
    11. Agreement
    12. Alphabetizing
    13. Annotations
    14. Annualization
    15. Anonymous publication
    16. Anthology
    17. Antonyms
    18. Appendices
    19. Appositives
    20. Apps
    21. Archive
    22. Articles
    23. Artwork
    24. Attribution
  5. B
    1. Backmatter
    2. Baseline
    3. Bibliography
    4. Blogging
    5. Budgets and forecasts
    6. Bullet points
  6. C
    1. Callouts and sidebars
    2. Capitalization
    3. Captions
    4. Case studies
    5. Casual assertions and inferences
    6. Charts and Graphs
    7. Circa (ca.)
    8. Circular arguments
    9. Citations
    10. Clauses
    11. Cleft sentences
    12. Clichés
    13. Coinage of words
    14. Colloquialism
    15. Compound Words
    16. Conclusions
    17. Copyright
    18. Cross reference
  7. D
    1. Dangling modifiers
    2. Data analysis
    3. Databases
    4. Data collection methods
    5. Data matrices
    6. Dates and times
    7. Decimals, fractions, and percentages
    8. Definitions
    9. Denotation and connotation
    10. Derivative work
    11. Descriptive statistics and inference
    12. Desktop publishing
    13. Dictionaries
    14. Double negatives
    15. Dysphemism
  8. E
    1. Editing and proofreading
    2. e.g. and i.e.
    3. Electronic mail (email)
    4. Electronic mail formatting guidelines
    5. Emphasis
    6. Empirical approach
    7. Endnotes
    8. et al.
    9. Euphemism
  9. F
    1. Fact checking
    2. False subjects
    3. Figure of speech
    4. File naming
    5. Financial reports
    6. Flowcharts
    7. Footnotes
  10. G
    1. Generalizations
    2. Gerunds
    3. Glossary formatting
    4. Graphics
  11. H
    1. Headings
    2. Highlighting in text
    3. Homonyms
    4. Hyperbole
    5. Hyperlinks
    6. Hypothesis formulation
  12. I
    1. Ibid.
    2. Idiom
    3. Imperative sentences
    4. Indexing
    5. Introductions, forewords and prefaces
    6. Irony
  13. J, K
    1. Jargon
  14. L
    1. Legends, titles, and labels
    2. Letters
    3. Lists
  15. M
    1. Manuscripts
    2. Mathematical symbols
    3. Means testing
    4. Measurement strategies
    5. Memos
    6. Metadata
    7. Metaphors
    8. Money and currency
  16. N
    1. Nominative, objective, and possessive pronouns
    2. Numerals and numbering
  17. O
    1. Obfuscation
    2. Objective and goal statements
    3. Online etiquette
    4. Op. Cit.
    5. Organization charts
    6. Outlining
  18. P
    1. Paradox
    2. Paragraphs
    3. Parallelism
    4. Parentheses and brackets
    5. Participles
    6. Parts of speech
    7. Patents
    8. Peer review
    9. Photographs
    10. Planning documents
    11. Possessives
    12. Presentations
    13. Problem statement
    14. Procedures manuals
    15. Proposals
    16. Punctuation
  19. Q
    1. Quotations
  20. R
    1. Redundancy and repetition
    2. Relative clauses
    3. Reports
    4. Rhetorical questions
    5. Rhythm in sentences
    6. Roman numerals
    7. Run-in quotations
    8. Run-on sentences and sentence fragments
  21. S
    1. Salutations
    2. Sampling
    3. Sarcasm
    4. Scaling
    5. Scientific method
    6. Screen shots
    7. Sentences
    8. Sexist writing
    9. Signs and symbols
    10. Similar words
    11. Similes
    12. Singular and plural
    13. Spacing
    14. Spelling
    15. Statistical references
    16. Style and tone
    17. Suffixes
    18. Summarizing
    19. Superscript and subscript
    20. Symbolism
    21. Synonyms
  22. T, U
    1. Table of contents
    2. Tables
    3. Technical writing
    4. Tenses
    5. Titles
    6. Trademarks
    7. Transitions
    8. Translations
  23. V
    1. Variable measurements
    2. Variable relationships
    3. Video best practices
  24. W
    1. Webinar and conference call etiquette
    2. Webpage references and citation
    3. Websites
    4. Word processing
  25. X, Y
    1. X and y axes
  26. Z
    1. Zombie nouns
  27. Index