The Business Writer’s Handbook, Ninth Edition

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Now in its eighth edition, this classic book remains the complete business-writing reference for students and professionals alike. Alphabetically organized and easy to use, its nearly 400 entries provide guidance for the most common types of business documents and correspondence, from brochures, press releases, and résumés, to executive summaries, proposals, and reports. Abundant sample documents and visuals throughout the book demonstrate effective business communication, reflecting current practices for formatting documents and using e-mail. In addition, advice on organizing, researching, writing, and revising complements thorough treatment of grammar, usage, style, and punctuation to provide comprehensive help with writing skills. This edition has been thoroughly revised to include expanded advice for analyzing the context of different writing situations, using and integrating visuals, and dealing with ethical concerns in business writing, including plagiarism. Entries throughout have been revised, updated, consolidated, and streamlined to provide the most accurate and accessible information. Comprehensive yet concise, The Business Writer's Handbook remains the quick reference faithful users have come to appreciate. Review
This fifth edition of The Business Writer's Handbook consists of nearly 700 spiral-bound pages written with both business students and professionals in mind. (It is also available in a paper-bound version, but how nice to be able to lay the book flat on one's desk for ease of reference.) "Our focus," say the editors, "is on helping professionally oriented writers develop effective skills and strategies for communicating in a rapidly changing environment," and that they do. The entries, arranged alphabetically, are straightforward and to the point. Sandwiched between items addressing issues of English grammar and word usage are guides to writing résumés, resignation letters, and everything in between (e.g., abstracts, annual reports, e-mail, executive summaries, form letters, feasibility studies, memos, mission statements, proposals, and trade journal articles). Throughout the book, the point is made that good writing has a marked effect on business communications--a short, personal collection letter, for instance, "will usually motivate a customer to pay a bill faster than will a form letter." Since the book is written for the business professional, many of the usage and grammar issues are illustrated with business-related examples, but don't think that that means the book isn't any fun. Consider the first sentence in an entry for gobbledygook: "Gobbledygook is writing that suffers from an overdose of traits guaranteed to make it stuffy, pretentious, and wordy." --Jane Steinberg The Business Writer's Handbook, Ninth Edition

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5 Responses to “The Business Writer’s Handbook, Ninth Edition”

  • This book is exactly the same as “Handbook of Technical Writing” by same authors. The only difference is in the cover picture and colors. I think it is not a cool thing to sell the same book with two names without mentioning it. So if you have that one, do not buy this one. They are exactly the same.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  • Ian N. says:

    I mistakenly bought this edition. Though I’m sure the information hasn’t changed terribly much, it’s still almost 15 years old and definitely antiquated.

    With this type of reference material, it’s better to stay current.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  • We’ve been using this book (previous and current edition) in our writing training courses (WritingRefresher dot com) for the last five years. It is well organized and laid out, and, in addition to being useful in our 1 day course, it has ongoing value as a reference for students.

    We’ve looked at other books but nothing we’ve found to date works as well in both the classroom and as a reference book.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • A good resource. However, I was focused on copyright implications and found this edition to be less helpful than prior editions. There is a wealth of guidance on other aspects of business writing, which should be helpful to all type of inquiry. I would recommend this resource.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  • The authors keep current with common and popular business writing practices. Do they make/set the standards or reflect them? Business writing books abound in the marketplace. This one (or the companion Handbook of Technical Writing) needs to be on the desk of everyone who has to write memos or proposals or reports–next to a good dictionary and the Gregg Handbook.

    Here is a list of resources:



    Alred, Gerald J., Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu. The Business Writer’s Handbook. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.

    —. Handbook of Technical Writing. 8th ed. New York: St.Martin’s, 2006.

    The American Heritage College Dictionary. 4th ed. 2002.

    American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American

    Psychological Association. 5th ed. Washington: Amer. Psychological Assn., 2001.

    The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2003.

    Franklin Covey Style Guide. 3rd ed. Salt Lake City: Franklin Covey, 1999.

    Garner, Bryan A. Garner’s Modern American Usage. New York: Oxford UP, 2003.

    Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003.

    Goldstein, Norm, ed. The Associated Press Stylebook. New York: Basic, 2004.

    Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. IEEE Standards Style Manual. New York: IEEE, 2005.

    Sabin, William. A. The Gregg Reference Manual. 10th ed. New York: McGraw, 2005.

    Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. New York: Allyn, 2000.

    United States. Government Printing Office. Style Manual. Rev. ed. Washington: GPO, 2000.

    Rating: 5 / 5


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