5 Books Every Copywriter and Editor Needs to Read

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My mother knew reading would transform me into a bibliophile, someone who loves books. When I was a teenager, I had trouble writing and editing because of my exceptionalities. Even though I lacked confidence in my skills, my mom encouraged me to keep reading.

I took her words of encouragement and read books from various genres: horror, fantasy, science fiction, and history. I read books such as Smack by Melvin Burgess, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

These wonderful authors inspired me to become a writer and editor, so I read books on writing, editing, grammar, etymology, and punctuation. Reading these informative publications helped me become a freelance writer and editor.

I wrote this post to share my mother's wisdom and to inspire you to enhance your communication skills. The journey to becoming a successful writer and editor takes tremendous effort. You’ll spend many nights reading Writing Without Bullshit by Josh Bernoff, A World Without Whom by Emmy J. Favilla, and Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies by June Casagrande. You’ll even question your academic pursuits. You’ll do all this work but you’ll become a better writer and editor.

Read these 5 books to achieve success:

Writing Without Bullshit

Writing Without Bullshit by Josh Bernoff will improve your writing skills. In this book, Bernoff discusses tactics writers use to muddle their prose. These ploys are a dependency on using passive voice, weasel words (well, sometimes, often,) and technical jargon.

I loved reading this publication so much that I bought the physical copy and the audiobook. However, I think Bernoff missed an opportunity to explain other writing mistakes such as using unnecessary prepositional phrases and vague words.

A World Without Whome

Every editor needs A World Without Whom. Emmy J. Favilla (BuzzFeed’s copyeditor) reveals archaic grammar and punctuation rules. She even explains a new set of rules emerging in the 21st century.

Favilla also exposes how social media has changed the way young adults think about grammar and syntax. Furthermore, her book contains an acronym list you can use to expand your social media vocabulary. The list contains hilarious acronyms:

  • Ask Me Anything (AMA)
  • By the way (BTW)
  • Don’t forget to be awesome (DFTBA)
  • For the win (FTW)

I recommend this book to anyone who edits web content and wants to communicate properly on social media.

Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

Read Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies by June Casagrande. it's a fun approach to learning grammar. This publication taught me when to use words such as All right and alright, its and it’s. Moreover, it explains the difference between misused words such as less and fewer.

You can purchase this book as a physical copy and an audiobook on www.audible.ca. Actress, Shelly Frasier, narrates the audiobook. Frasier has played a role in films such as Never Been Thawed and Dog Park Blues. She has a soothing voice and makes Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies enjoyable to listen to. It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences is another interesting book you should read by Casagrande.

Don't Trust Your Spell Check

Don’t Trust Your Spell Check by Dean Evans is a wonderful book (and the title is good advice.) This publication explains why you should stop relying only on grammar applications and online spell checkers. By exclusively depending on writing applications, you'll miss opportunities to find hidden errors in your content.

You’ll enjoy using this book to edit your content. I have used the book’s editing checklist to revise content for my clients. The blog posts and articles I have edited for my clients have expanded their online presence.

The Editor’s Companion by Steve Dunham is awesome. This publication will help you grow into a marvelous copywriter and editor. You'll learn how to edit copy for content, focus, grammar, and audience.

Furthermore, Dunham explains why it's crucial to take advantage of editing opportunities. He also reveals popular misused words in the English Language.

If you read the books in this post, you'll gain knowledge to become a better writer and editor. However, you’ll still make writing mistakes when creating your own content, so find an editing or proofreading partner that will help you revise your blog posts and articles.

I have been a professional writer for more than 7 years and I still make mistakes.

To further enhance your communication skills, use Ludwig, a linguistic search engine. Ludwig is great for both writers and editors. Watch the video below to learn about this fantastic application.

I dedicate this post to my mother. She reminded me where there is a will there is always a way.

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