Attention to detail
“Your great attention to detail is both a blessing and a curse” – Chinese proverb
This message, found in a fortune cookie, inspired the folks at Oxford University Press (the publishers of the AMA Manual of Style, used by ANS), to start a blog! The blog is the AMA Style Insider, and I highly recommend it – even for those who are not blessed with great attention to detail! It is free of charge and anyone can visit the blog — I recommend that you subscribe to stay informed of many important issues facing writers, editors and publishers. As they note in the announcement that circulated about the new blog, even though the AMA Manual of Style is over 1000 pages long, there are endless issues and questions that come up for writers every day. And, the issues they address are not limited to any one approach to “style” – in fact they refer to other style manuals and traditions besides their own.
So far there are only a handful of posts on the blog, but every one of them is interesting! They deal with topics ranging from recent FAQ’s from users of the AMA Manual of Style, to word usage (heathy vs healthful for example), placement of an apostrophe, the dangers of duplicate e-publication, and much more! And, the information addresses not just the “facts” of how to handle problems of style, spelling, grammar, usage, and so forth, but the issues surrounding the problems and various points of view about how to deal with the issue in your own work.