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Publishing and Book Design Basics: More help

This guide is designed to help self-publishers with common questions about the logistics of book publishing and basic book design.

Self-Publishing Resources

Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is the authoritative source on the publishing process, style and usage, and the ‘scholarly apparatus’ such as bibliographies. The 16th edition was published in 2010. This guide incorporates some of its advice.

  • Users with an MSUnet ID may use the library's subscription to the online edition. You will need to enter your MSUnet ID and password.
  • If you do not have an MSUnet ID, you may subscribe to the online edition at your own expense.
  • A print copy is available in the MSU Law Library at 648 North Shaw Lane (Reference, Z253.U69 2010)
  • Copies are available in many Michigan public libraries.
  • Print copies may be in stock at local bookstores, or can be purchased online.
  • A simplified version, Chicago Manual of Style: The Easy Way! is available at the Main Library Reference Desk (Z253.H73 2008)

Editorial Freelancers Association

The Editorial Freelancers Association, a professional organization, maintains a searchable online directory of its members.

The directory allows you to search for editors with particular skills, subject specialties, software capabilities, and geographic locations. Look for the Find a Freelancer link on the EFA main page.

  • A competent editorial freelancer will be able to provide samples of previous work and/or references from previous clients. Don’t hesitate to request these.
  • The first chapter of the EFA’s Code of Fair Practice is an excellent overview of what to expect when working with a freelance editor, including definitions of the types of services.