A Snarkling subscribes to Vogue for Writers (cover art-George Clooney of course)
I'm newly addicted to your blog and have a question for you, if you don't mind. As a magazine journalist, I get highly annoyed when people submit stories to me that are chock full of obvious AP Style errors. Should writers submitting manuscripts stick to a certain style (Chicago? AP? Something else?) or would you be OK with it as long as the writer is consistent throughout?
There's a book about style? geeze, I maybe should get one.
Some nitwit (clearly not a snarkling) said on some sour grapes drenched post over yonder that clearly I wasn't an agent cause I punctuated my parenthesis and quotes incorrectly.
well, to that I say "fuckoffanddie".
Then of course, in the comments line over here somewhere, I get snapped at for ya'll instead of y'all.
Ya'll are in need of colon-ic: kindly, Miss Snark provides one.
Now to be on point so to speak: I totally agree there should be a consistent style in a manuscript. Most of the time I ask people to follow what's laid out in Writers Market or the other publishing books; that is, I'm not going to be rabid on the subject but you have to do a couple things right and the rest has to be consistent.
Mag journalism is different. They ARE nutso about style format. So are newspapers. Maybe cause they're working to deadlines that make Miss Snark reach for the gin pail and not a job application.
Almost every website I've seen gives suggestions for style, and things to watch out for. As in most things, following the directions given will be a smart move.
Now, I'd like to discuss the proper use of the ampersand. But first.. a gin&tonic.