6 Easy Steps to Customize a Style Guide: What’s Your Style?
By Robin Martin
From the author’s introduction: “Maintaining consistent style throughout the course of a project is a crucial element of any editorial work, whether you are copyediting the main body of a manuscript, front and back material, charts and tables, or design elements. Sometimes it is necessary to finesse the rules. It has been said, ‘Punctuation is there to serve the writing, not the other way around.’ And though style is much more than punctuation, this idea, the premise that style should serve substance, is why I have written this booklet. I have found a handful of core best practices that carry over from one project to the next which makes customization of style guides quite simple. I hope you find the six-step approach presented here easy and useful.” Updated for 2020.