Here are a few of my favourite books and websites (yes, I’m a word nerd). Watch this space: I’ll add new resources to the list from time to time.

If you’d like more information about editing, please see:

Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd)
IPEd standards for editing practice

If you want to improve your writing, start with these websites:

Academic phrasebank shows academic writers how to compare, contrast, describe and explain (and more).
APA style blog answers many questions about APA7 style.
Daily writing tips explains how to avoid common errors in grammar, punctuation and word use. explains grammar and punctuation, with clear examples and free quizzes.
Grammar girl gives a modern take on grammar and word usage.
Plain English campaign promotes writing that is easy to understand.
Word ribbon tips shows how to make the best use of MS Word.

From my bookshelf:

Flann, E, & Hill, B 2004, The Australian editing handbook, 2nd edn, Wiley, Brisbane.
Hudson, N 2015, Modern Australian usage: a practical guide for writers and editors, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest NSW.
Mackenzie, J 2011, The editor’s companion, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
The Macquarie dictionary 2009, 5th edn, Macquarie Dictionary Publishers, Sydney.
McCrumm, R, Cran, W & MacNeil, R 1992 (1986), The story of English, new and revised edition, BBC Books, London.
Mosher, J 2016, Self publishing for Australian authors, Moshpit Publishing, Hazelbrook NSW.
Murphy, EM 2014, Effective writing: plain English at work, 2nd edn, Lacuna, Westgate NSW.
New Oxford dictionary for scientific writers and editors 2009 (1991), J Daintith and E Martin (eds), Oxford University Press.
Peters, P 2007, The Cambridge guide to Australian English usage, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
Pinker, S 2014, The sense of style: the thinking person’s guide to writing in the 21st century, Penguin, UK.
Waddingham, A 2014, New Hart’s rules: the Oxford style guide, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, New York.
Whitbread, D 2023, The design manual: revised and encyclopaedic third edition, Whitbread, Canberra.

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