Style sheets are used by editors to keep a succinct list of spelling, punctuation and capitalization uses of the author’s work to reference consistency throughout the manuscript. But style sheets are also beneficial for the author to use as well.
Using a style sheet for writers allows the writer to keep a list of their own preferences, for example: a certain way they prefer a word or phrase to remain with a different spelling or any other variation or preferred use to alert the editor to.
Below is a more detailed description about the uses of a style sheet by Sue Archer.
“Your editor may have different ideas about style than you do. When you get your manuscript back, you don’t want to find out that some of your carefully capitalized words have been painstakingly lower-cased or that American spelling has been applied when most of your readers are in the UK. This will mean extra work for both you and your editor, which could result in higher fees. It pays to think up front about any preferences you may have, and call them out. . .” Continue Reading