What the Editor Wants
Check Imprints for Content Guidelines
Dahlia: Romance: Romantic Suspense, Gothic Suspense,
Regency, Single Title Contemporary
Stargazer: Fantasy: Paranormal, High Adventure Fantasy,
Urban Fantasy, Steampunk
Thistle: Middle School, Young Adult, New Adult
Déjà Vu: Republication from all genres
Tell-Tale Publishing Group Style Sheet
Since our goal is to produce the most error free and professionally copy-edited books possible, you can help us out by following common punctuation rules and general grammatical conventions in your manuscripts.
The following list details what we feel are the most important—and often most misused—grammar and punctuation conventions. Once you’ve signed a contract with us, please immediately update your manuscript to meet these basic styles. Industry-standard for copyediting is The Chicago Manual of Style. If you don’t want to spend the $50 to buy one, consult their website. Or, feel free to ask us for help.
Laurie C. Kuna, Copy Editor
- "It could've been a good thing . . . ” His voice trailed off.
3. Em dash, En dash, hyphens
- “What the—” she nearly swore when she stubbed her toe against the church pew, but caught herself before
- Race cars burn high-octane fuel.
4. Use "try to" not "try and"
5. Contractions in front of words
6. Commas in a series
- Not: She bought apples, oranges, mangoes, and bananas.
7. Commas between independent clauses
- The ant flew off the branch, but the roach stayed on the ground.
- TV shows
- Magazines, and newspapers
- Quotes from song lyrics and quotes from literature.
- Internal dialogue (thoughts). Example: Where am I? she asked
- Sound effects. Example: A loud bang preceded a rapid series of
- Latin scientific terms are italicized.
- Foreign words not in common use. So “Bonjour!” is in italics, but “mesa” is not.
9. Writing numbers
10. Widow/Orphan function